Quantitative Social Data Analysis (QSDA) Certificate Program

**New Certificate** in Quantitative Social Data Analysis

After taking Sociology 261 (Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Sociology) or another introductory statistics courses, students may become interested in learning more advanced statistics and data analysis skills, and would like to obtain a formal credential to help with post-graduation employment.

Sociology department offers the Quantitative Social Data Analysis (QSDA) certificate program. The admission to the QSDA certificate program requires an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

For more information, please visit Quantitative Social Data Analysis or contact one of the program advisors: Dr. Aki Roberts or Dr. Thomas Holbrook.


To obtain the certificate, the student must obtain a grade of at least C in any course used to satisfy the certificate requirements, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 over all courses used for the certificate. Twelve of the 15-18 required credits must be earned in residence at UWM. 9 of the credits must be on the 300-level or above. Courses for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

Students currently enrolled at UWM who have fulfilled some of the program’s requirements prior to the program’s approval may have their credits applied retroactively to the certificate program.

Students are required to take one course each from 5 areas:

  1. Introductory statistics (3-4 credits);
  2. Research methods (3-4 credits);
  3. GIS (3 credits);
  4. Multiple regression (3 credits); and
  5. Electives (3-4 credits).
Introductory Statistics3-4
Choose one:
Introduction to Statistics in African and African Diaspora Studies
ECON 210
Economic Statistics
GEOG 247
Quantitative Analysis in Geography
HIST 595
The Quantitative Analysis of Historical Data
Psychological Statistics
Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Sociology
Research Methods3-4
Choose one:
Research Methods in African & African Diaspora Studies
Quantitative Research in Communication
Introduction to Political Science Research
Research Methods in Psychology
Research Methods in Sociology
Methods of Social Welfare Research
Choose one:
Anthropological Applications of GIS
Analysis Oriented Technology: Spatial Data Analysis; Crime Mapping; ArcGIS
GEOG 215
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
Multiple Regression3
Choose one:
Introduction to Anthropological Statistics
ECON 310
Research Methods for Economics
ECON 413
Statistics for Economists
ECON 513
Introduction to Econometrics
Political Data Analysis
Experimental Design
Social Data Analysis Using Regression
Choose one: 1
ECON 411
Economic Forecasting Methods
GEOG 525
Geographic Information Science
GEOG 547
Spatial Analysis
Survey Research
Advanced Psychological Statistics
Total Credits15-18

Awarding the Certificate

Students currently involved in baccalaureate studies who successfully complete the requirements of the program will be awarded the certificate at the time of graduation.  Students who already have a bachelor’s degree will receive the certificate upon completion of the program requirements.