More Frequently Asked Questions

When are the four courses offered?

Two courses are offered in the fall and two courses are offered in the spring. Summer courses are not available for this program.

When can I begin?

Students may begin in a fall semester or a spring semester.

How long does it take to complete the certificate?

Students may take courses at their own pace but most complete the certificate in two semesters.

Can I begin as an undergraduate?

Yes. Students may register for graduate courses once they have completed 105 undergraduate credits.  To finish the Certificate, you must first complete your undergraduate degree.

I am a graduate student in another program. Can I register for courses, and can I earn the Certificate?

Yes, you can register for courses and they may also count as elective credit in your existing program. You can also earn the full Certificate if you complete all four courses. 

Is there an application deadline?

Students may apply at any time, but the priority deadline for the Fall is May 31.

Contact Information

If you have any questions on the Data Collection and Management certificate program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Christopher Donoghue, at

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact The Graduate School at Montclair State University at or 973-655-5147.

How much does it cost?

The program requires the completion of 12 credits.  Click here for the current rates of graduate courses per credit.

How do I apply?

Click here to apply.