The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Social Research Analysis Certificate

The Department of Sociology offers a Certificate in Social Research Analysis. Its purpose is to master basic skills in gathering and analyzing data. Students obtaining the certificate are prepared to obtain entry-level jobs in environments where research is conducted. The certificate also provides a strong foundation for students wishing to pursue a master’s degree in fields such as survey research, public health, program evaluation, market research, public policy and public administration.

Declaring Completion of the Certificate

When a student has enrolled in the final class for the certificate, they must fill out a Completion Form and submit an unofficial transcript. These forms may be submitted by e-mail or mail to:

Social Research Analysis Certificate Program
Sociology Department
200 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003

Note: To receive the Social Research Analysis Certificate, a minimum 2.0 GPA must be maintained across courses applied to certificate requirements.


Students take three required courses and one approved elective course.

  1. SOCIOL 212 Statistics (4 cr.)
    (an introductory statistics course in another department may be substituted)
  2. SOCIOL 213 Data Collection and Analysis (4 cr.)
  3. SOCIOL 314 Field Research Methods (4 cr.)
  4. Elective Methodology Course (3-4 cr.)
    Potentially acceptable choices include:

​SOCIOL 313 Survey Design and Analysis
COMM 355 Behavioral Research in Communication
COMM 414 Studying Everyday Talk
GEOGRAPH 352 Computer Mapping
HONORS 495K Research Gets Real: Principles and Practices of Community Engaged Research
LEGAL 450 Legal Research and Writing
MARKETNG 412 Marketing Research
POL-SCI 328 Research Methods for Political and Social Sciences
POL-SCI 394RI Political Polling and Survey Research
PSYCH 241 Methods of Inquiry in Psychology
PUBHLTH 224 Epidemiology in Public Health
RES-ECON 313 Quantitative Methods in Applied Economics

Other courses may be approved on a case by case basis by the Chief Undergraduate Advisor.

Students are strongly encouraged to pursue a research-based internship or practicum in order to apply the skills they will develop in their coursework. To be certain of receiving credit, students' internships must be approved by the Chief Undergraduate Advisor.  In ordinary circumstances, students will enroll in one three-credit internship under the sponsor. The CUA can help students locate sponsors.  Possible sponsors include faculty members in the Sociology Department, faculty and professional staff registered with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (1001 DuBois Library), or agencies registered with the Field Experience Office (Goodell 511).  Intenships appear as Sociol 398 on students' records.

To learn more, watch this informational video.