Data Collection and Management Certificate

New certificate program beginning Fall 2014

This fall, Montclair State University will launch a brand new Graduate Certificate program in Data Collection and Management. This 12-credit certificate can be completed in one academic year. The program is open to students from all majors who have completed their B.A., or have at least 105 undergraduate credits. It is also open to students who are enrolled in other graduate programs.


  • Data Collection (SOCI 500) - Dr. Donoghue, Fall 2014, Monday nights at 5:30pm
  • Survey Writing (SOCI 568) - Dr. Donoghue, Fall 2014, Monday nights 8:15pm
  • Focus Groups - Dr. Besen, Spring 2015
  • Data Analysis - Dr. Wong, Spring 2015

Program Description

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.

Fall Course Descriptions

SOCI 500: Data Collection for Research and Evaluation (Donoghue) Mondays, 5:30-8:00pm (18 seats available)

This course introduces students to quantitative data collection and analysis.  Students will learn how to design and execute research projects that meet the needs of both private and non-profit research organizations by considering client needs, ethical considerations, budgetary constraints and project planning challenges.  The main components of the course include designing and administering data collection instruments, data coding, and interpreting, tabulating and reporting quantitative data. The course will also focus on using statistical packages such as SPSS in analyzing survey data.  By the conclusion of the course, students will also be prepared to effectively present the findings of their research using written, verbal and visual methods of communication.

SOCI 568: Survey Writing (Donoghue) Mondays, 8:15-10:45pm (18 seats available)

The use of surveys to measure attitudes, behaviors and program outcomes has become widespread in business, research, marketing, politics, and media.  In this class, students will learn how to write surveys, collect data, and present survey results for applied research projects.  Course topics will include identifying variables, conceptualization, index and scale construction, visual questionnaire presentation, piloting, testing for validity and reliability, and survey administration.  Under the guidance of the professor, students will be trained to construct and pilot their own questionnaire.  An emphasis will be placed on the use of surveys for needs assessments, program evaluations and policy analyses.

Contact Dr. Donoghue at to receive a copy of our Job Market Analysis for the Graduate Certificate. This document will provide you with extensive information about the career prospects for students graduating with the certificate.  You may also contact Dr. Donoghue with any other questions.