Political Management - Survey Design and Data Analysis

The political management and survey research dual graduate degree/certificate program combines the strategic understandings and the communications and messaging knowledge of the political management master's program with the rigorous technical and analytical skills associated with the survey design and data analysis graduate certificate. This dual graduate degree/certificate program makes GW graduate students more attractive to more employers.


The dual graduate degree/certificate program teaches its students to design and conduct public opinion surveys; to analyze the data that those surveys impart; and use that data to craft winning political campaigns and advocacy initiatives.


Applicants must be enrolled in the GSPM Political Management master’s degree program. GSPM political management students must apply for the SODA certificate program prior to completing 24 credit hours of their 36 credit-hour master's programs. These students also must have already completed a minimum of nine graduate credit hours in the political management program, including PMGT 6403: Political Data and Analytics.


The student will graduate from the Graduate School of Political Management with an M.P.S. in Political Management and a graduate certificate in Survey Design and Data Analysis from the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.


We would be happy to discuss the dual-degree program in more detail.  Please email Dr. Terry Richardson or Dr. Lara Brown for more information.