Frequently Asked Questions

Are the GRE’s or any other tests required?

No. Check our page on How to Apply.

When are the courses offered?

Courses are offered in the fall, winter, spring and summer semesters. Go to NEST for the current schedule.

Are classes offered online?

Most classes are fully online for the 2020-21 academic year. Normally we offer a mix of face-to-face and online courses.

Are the online courses synchronous or asynchronous?

We offer both modalities. Often students that miss a synchronous class can watch a recording.

When are classes held?

All classes are held on Monday – Thursday at 5:30pm or later.

Are special events offered for students?

Yes. Students in the program get to know one another and their professors very well. We offer lectures and workshops and other gatherings every year.

When can I begin?

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

Is this a flexible degree? Can I concentrate in a specific area?

Yes. Although we do not offer concentrations, students enjoy the ability to take all 3 of their electives in a choice of three areas: Social Policy, Business Analytics, Communications and Media or Earth and Environmental Sciences.

How long does it take to complete the MA degree?

The shortest possible time is 16 months. This assumes students register for courses before they close. Early registration is highly recommended.

Where can I find the schedule of course offerings?

Go to NEST for listings of our courses in fall, winter, spring and summer.

Can I earn any certificates while I complete the degree?

Yes. All MA students can earn the Graduate Certificate in Data Collection and Management by taking no additional courses, but an application is required. Students can also earn a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics by taking all 3 of their electives in that program (INFO 570, 583 and 584), and also taking one additional course (INFO 563). Apply for that certificate separately. Graduate students apply for additional degrees or certificates for free.

Can I try the program out as an undergraduate?

Yes. Some advanced students with 105 undergraduate credits completed may take up to two courses before they graduate. Tuition is charged at the graduate rate, but courses count toward both the MA in Social Research and Analysis and the Graduate Certificate in Data Collection and Management. Use this form to take graduate courses as an undergraduate.

Will students in the 5-year MA program Social Research and Analysis earn the Graduate Certificate in Data Collection and Management?

Most will earn the certificate at the end of their undergraduate program.

I am a graduate student in another program. Can I switch to this program?

Yes, but speak to your advisor and gather as much information as you can first.

I am a graduate student in another program. Can I register for just 1 or 2 courses?

Yes, when space is available. Ask your department if they can count for elective credit. You can take up to 4 courses if you choose and earn the Graduate Certificate in Data Collection and Management. This requires a separate application. As a student in another program, the application fee is waived.

Is there an application deadline?

No. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Contact Information

For information, email

For questions about the application process, contact The Graduate School at or 973-655-5147.

How much does it cost?

The program requires the completion of 30 graduate credits.  View the current rates of graduate courses per credit here.

Are there any Information Sessions?

Yes. Check here for Information Sessions or visit us at Graduate Open House. Attendees save $60 on their Application Fee.

How do I apply?

Apply here.