Data Collection and Management (Certificate) at Montclair State University

Data Collection and Management (Certificate)

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Data Collection and Management (Certificate)

Data on consumers, services and industries are in high demand among businesses, non-profit organizations, research institutes, government agencies and those pursuing private enterprise. The Graduate Certificate in Data Collection and Management at Montclair State will provide specialized training in the use of surveys, interviews and focus groups as sources of data collection and analysis. The coursework for this program was developed in consultation with experienced professionals who work as market research analysts, research associates, survey researchers, project directors and evaluation analysts. Using their advice, we have designed a curriculum that focuses on cutting edge methods and tools used by both private companies and non-profit organizations to collect, analyze, interpret and present social data.

The 12-credit Graduate Certificate Program in Data Collection and Management provides students with skills they can use to begin or advance their careers in fields such as market research, social policy analysis, education, health, politics, social services and more. All 12 of the credits can later be applied to the 30-credit MA in Social Research and Analysis.

Since its inception in 2014, the program has been enriched by the contributions made to it by a network of local employers in market research and social policy analysis. These partners to the program have offered guidance on course curricula, guest lectures and hands-on projects for students, as well as information to our graduates about how to advance in their fields.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

Students with a BA in any undergraduate major are invited to apply. Graduate students in MA and PhD programs are also welcome. A previous college-level course in statistics is recommended, but not required. Students without a firm background in statistics will be directed to resources that can help them prepare. Basic statistics are also taught and reviewed in the coursework. Some advanced undergraduates qualify to begin the certificate before they graduate. Earning a graduate certificate can also help college graduates to prepare for advanced studies they intend to pursue in the future.

The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Data Collection and Management Certificate program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement: Please write one integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?

Course work in this 12-credit program is focused on research project management, collection of quantitative and qualitative data, analysis, and presentations of findings. Students learn how to write surveys, conduct interviews, moderate focus groups and perform ethnographic research. They are trained to use Qualtrics for online survey writing and SPSS and R for analysis of data. Meeting and working with our program partners from the private sector and the public sector is another staple of the program that fosters the acquisition of even more practical and applied skills in data collection and management. For more information, please visit the Data Collection and Management (Certificate) program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Data Collection and Management (Certificate) Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: Dr. Christopher Donoghue
Office: Dickson Hall 312