Social Science Statistics
Online Certificate Program
Social Science Certificate Program
Program Content
The Social Science Certificate Program consists of ten 4week courses offered completely online at Statistics.com. There is a small group of required topics, plus a number of electives. The workload for the entire program is the equivalent of 19.5 credits in the U.S. academic system. At the completion of the program you will have learned how to:
 The design and analysis principles for research studies
 The fundamental concepts behind statistical modeling
 How to fit linear and logistic regression models, interpret output, and conduct diagnostics
 Appropriate designs and sampling plans for surveys
 How to determine sample size for a study, and how to calculate power
 Techniques for analyzing categorical data (electives)
 Bayesian methods for analyzing data (electives)
Planning my Program

Categorical Data Analysis
This course will cover the analysis of contingency table data (tabular data in which the cell entries represent counts of subjects or items falling into certain categories). Topics include tests for independence (comparing proportions as well as chisquare), exact methods, and treatment of ordered data. Both 2way and 3way tables are covered. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:April 08, 2016 to May 06, 2016October 07, 2016 to November 04, 2016April 07, 2017 to May 05, 2017October 06, 2017 to November 03, 2017April 06, 2018 to May 04, 2018October 05, 2018 to November 02, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Designing Valid Statistical Studies
This course covers the issues you need to address in designing studies to produce statistically valid conclusions. Topics covered in the course include: overview of validity and bias, selection bias, information bias, and confounding bias. Tuition: $469 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:February 19, 2016 to March 18, 2016July 08, 2016 to August 05, 2016February 17, 2017 to March 17, 2017July 07, 2017 to August 04, 2017February 16, 2018 to March 16, 2018July 06, 2018 to August 03, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Introduction to Statistical Modeling
This course provides a solid introduction to the ideas and techniques of statistical modeling. Tuition: $469 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:June 10, 2016 to July 08, 2016January 06, 2017 to February 03, 2017June 09, 2017 to July 07, 2017January 05, 2018 to February 02, 2018June 08, 2018 to June 08, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Regression Analysis
In this course you will learn how multiple linear regression models are derived, use software to implement them, learn what assumptions underlie the models, learn how to test whether your data meet those assumptions and what can be done when those assumptions are not met, and develop strategies for building and understanding useful models. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:May 13, 2016 to June 10, 2016September 30, 2016 to October 28, 2016January 20, 2017 to February 17, 2017May 12, 2017 to June 09, 2017September 29, 2017 to October 27, 2017January 19, 2018 to February 16, 2018May 11, 2018 to June 08, 2018October 05, 2018 to November 02, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Sample Size and Power Determination
This course shows you how to make sample size determinations for various statistical tests and for confidence intervals, as needed for experimental studies such as comparison studies, as well as for other types of experiments. Tuition: $509 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:April 15, 2016 to May 13, 2016November 18, 2016 to December 16, 2016April 14, 2017 to May 12, 2017November 17, 2017 to December 15, 2017April 13, 2018 to May 11, 2018November 16, 2018 to December 14, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Survey Design and Sampling Procedures
This course covers the crafting of survey questions, the design of surveys, and different sampling procedures that are used in practice. Longstanding basic principles of survey design are covered, and the impact of the trend toward increased respondent resistance is discussed. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:March 18, 2016 to April 15, 2016August 12, 2016 to September 09, 2016March 17, 2017 to April 14, 2017August 11, 2017 to September 08, 2017March 16, 2018 to April 13, 2018August 03, 2018 to August 31, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Advanced Structural Equation Modeling
This course covers many popular advanced SEM models with practical exercises. Models covered include Multiple Indicator and Multiple Causes models (MIMIC), Multiple Group models, Multilevel (HLM) models, Mixture models, Structured Means models, MultitraitMultimethod models, Second Order Factor models, Interaction models, and Dynamic Factor models. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:June 24, 2016 to July 22, 2016January 20, 2017 to February 17, 2017show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Analysis of Survey Data from Complex Sample Designs
This course teaches you how to estimate variances for complex surveys, and also how to model the results using linear and logistic regression, and other generalized linear models. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:October 14, 2016 to November 11, 2016October 13, 2017 to November 10, 2017show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Bayesian Regression Modeling via MCMC Techniques
This course covers the application of Markov Chain Monte Carlo techniques (MCMC) to Bayesian statistical modeling using WinBUGS software. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:April 22, 2016 to May 20, 2016April 21, 2017 to May 19, 2017April 20, 2018 to May 18, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Bayesian Statistics in R
Using R and the associated R package JAGS, you will learn how to specify and run Bayesian modeling procedures using regression models for continuous, count and categorical data. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:March 25, 2016 to April 22, 2016September 23, 2016 to October 21, 2016March 24, 2017 to April 21, 2017September 22, 2017 to October 20, 2017March 23, 2018 to April 20, 2018September 21, 2018 to October 19, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Bootstrap Methods
This course covers the basic theory and application of the bootstrap family of procedures, with the emphasis on applications. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:September 16, 2016 to October 14, 2016September 15, 2017 to October 13, 2017September 14, 2018 to October 12, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Generalized Linear Models
This course will explain the theory of generalized linear models (GLM), outline the algorithms used for GLM estimation, and explain how to determine which algorithm to use for a given data analysis. GLM allows the modeling of responses, or dependent variables, that take the form of counts, proportions, dichotomies (1/0), positive continuous values, as well as values that follow the normal Gaussian distribution. Logistic, Poisson, and negative binomial regression models are three of the most noteworthy GLM family members.
Note: Detailed study of model specification and the interpretation of software output is handled in statistics.com's individual courses on regression, logistic regression, count data modeling, etc.
Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:April 01, 2016 to April 29, 2016March 31, 2017 to April 28, 2017March 30, 2018 to April 27, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >> 
Introduction to Bayesian Computing and Techniques
Participants in this course will learn why Bayesian computing has gained wide popularity, and how to apply Markov Chain Monte Carlo techniques (MCMC) to Bayesian statistical modeling using WinBUGS software. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:February 26, 2016 to March 25, 2016August 26, 2016 to September 23, 2016February 24, 2017 to March 24, 2017August 25, 2017 to September 22, 2017February 23, 2018 to March 23, 2018August 24, 2018 to September 21, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Introduction to Bayesian Hierarchical and Multilevel Models
This course extends the Bayesian modeling framework to cover hierarchical models, and to add flexibility to standard Bayesian modeling problems. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:May 20, 2016 to June 17, 2016May 19, 2017 to June 16, 2017May 18, 2018 to June 15, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Introduction to Bayesian Statistics
This course will introduce you to the basic ideas of Bayesian Statistics. You will learn how to perform Bayesian analysis for a binomial proportion, a normal mean, the difference between normal means, the difference between proportions, and for a simple linear regression model. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:July 01, 2016 to July 29, 2016January 13, 2017 to February 10, 2017show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Introduction to Resampling Methods
The course introduces the basic concepts and methods of resampling methods, including bootstrap procedures and permutation (randomization) tests, with little or no complex theory or confusing notation. Tuition: $389 (3.75 CEUs) Next three dates:July 08, 2016 to July 29, 2016July 14, 2017 to August 04, 2017July 13, 2018 to August 03, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Introduction to Social Network Analysis (SNA)
This course will teach a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods for describing, measuring and analyzing social networks. Tuition: $469 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:February 26, 2016 to March 25, 2016August 12, 2016 to September 09, 2016February 24, 2017 to March 24, 2017August 11, 2017 to September 08, 2017February 23, 2018 to March 23, 2018August 10, 2018 to September 07, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)
This course covers the fundamental concepts and theory of Structural Equation Modeling: model specification, model identification, model estimation, model testing, and model modification. Reading assignments, examples and exercises are included using the LISREL software package. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:May 13, 2016 to June 10, 2016November 04, 2016 to December 02, 2016May 12, 2017 to June 09, 2017November 03, 2017 to December 01, 2017May 11, 2018 to June 01, 2018November 02, 2018 to November 30, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Logistic Regression
Logistic regression extends ordinary least squares (OLS) methods to model data with binary (yes/no, success/failure) outcomes. Rather than directly estimating the value of the outcome, logistic regression allows you to estimate the probability of a success or failure. Tuition: $509 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:March 11, 2016 to April 08, 2016September 02, 2016 to September 30, 2016March 10, 2017 to April 07, 2017September 01, 2017 to September 29, 2017March 02, 2018 to March 30, 2018August 31, 2018 to September 28, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

ManyFacet Rasch Measurement
This course will cover the analysis and interpretation of judgeintermediated ratings, like essay grading, Olympic iceskating, therapist ratings of patient behavior, etc. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:August 12, 2016 to September 09, 2016August 11, 2017 to September 08, 2017August 10, 2018 to September 07, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Matrix Algebra Review
This course will provide the basics of vector and matrix algebra and operations necessary to understand multivariate statistical methods, including the notions of the matrix inverse, generalized inverse and eigenvalues and eigenvectors. After successfully completing this course, you will be able to use and understand vector and matrix operations and equations, find and use a matrix inverse, and use and understand the eigenset of a symmetric matrix. Tuition: $469 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:March 18, 2016 to April 15, 2016June 24, 2016 to July 22, 2016show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Maximum Likelihood Estimation
This course will cover the derivation of maximum likelihood estimates, and their properties. Tuition: $249 (2.5 CEUs) Next three dates:April 22, 2016 to May 06, 2016November 25, 2016 to December 09, 2016April 21, 2017 to May 05, 2017November 24, 2017 to December 08, 2017April 20, 2018 to May 04, 2018November 23, 2018 to December 07, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Meta Analysis
This course will explain meta analysis  the methods that are used to assess multiple statistical studies on the same subject and draw conclusions. Dr. Rothstein will be the primary discussion leader for this course. Tuition: $509 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:April 01, 2016 to April 29, 2016July 22, 2016 to August 19, 2016November 18, 2016 to December 16, 2016April 07, 2017 to May 05, 2017July 21, 2017 to August 18, 2017November 17, 2017 to December 15, 2017April 06, 2018 to May 04, 2018July 20, 2018 to August 17, 2018November 16, 2018 to December 14, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Meta Analysis 2
MetaAnalysis refers to the statistical analyses that are used to synthesize summary data from a series of studies. This course covers some advanced issues in metaanalysis. Participants should have completed the basic course in metaanalysis or an equivalent. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:August 26, 2016 to September 23, 2016August 25, 2017 to September 22, 2017show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Mixed and Hierarchical Linear Models
This course will explain the basic theory of linear and nonlinear mixed effects models, including hierarchical linear models. It will outline the algorithms used for estimation, primarily for models involving normally distributed errors, and will provide examples of data analysis. The course aims at providing a basic understanding and knowledge of the mixed effect models that will allow you to use them in practice. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:April 29, 2016 to May 27, 2016April 28, 2017 to May 26, 2017April 27, 2018 to May 25, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Modeling Count Data
This course deals with regression models for count data; i.e. models with a response or dependent variable data in the form of a count or rate. The course will cover Poisson regression, the foundation for modeling counts, as well as extensions and modifications to the basic model. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:May 20, 2016 to June 17, 2016October 28, 2016 to November 25, 2016May 19, 2017 to June 16, 2017October 27, 2017 to November 24, 2017show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Modeling Longitudinal and Panel Data
This course covers the extension of Generalized Linear Models (GLM) to model varieties of longitudinal and clustered data, called panel data. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:To be scheduled.show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Multivariate Statistics
This course covers key multivariate procedures such as multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA), principal components, factor analysis and classification. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:February 05, 2016 to March 04, 2016July 08, 2016 to August 05, 2016February 03, 2017 to March 03, 2017July 07, 2017 to August 04, 2017February 02, 2018 to March 02, 2018July 06, 2018 to August 03, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Persuasion Analytics and Targeting
This course will teach you how to apply predictive modeling methods to identify persuadable individuals, and to target voters in political campaigns. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:March 04, 2016 to April 01, 2016August 26, 2016 to September 23, 2016March 03, 2017 to March 31, 2017August 25, 2017 to September 22, 2017March 02, 2018 to March 30, 2018August 24, 2018 to September 21, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Practical Rasch Measurement  Core Topics
Rasch analysis constructs linear measures from scored observations, such as responses to multiplechoice questions, Likert scales and qualityoflife assessments. This course covers the practical aspects of data setup, analysis, output interpretation, fit analysis, differential item functioning, dimensionality and reporting. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:May 27, 2016 to June 24, 2016October 14, 2016 to November 11, 2016January 06, 2017 to February 03, 2017May 26, 2017 to June 23, 2017October 13, 2017 to November 10, 2017January 05, 2018 to February 02, 2018May 25, 2018 to June 22, 2018October 12, 2018 to November 09, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Practical Rasch Measurement  Further Topics
Continues the exploration of Rasch theory and its application in the Winsteps software begun in Practical Rasch MeasurementCore Topics. The visual stepbystep tutorial propels you along the road to success. This course introduces exciting new topics and delves into earlier topics more deeply. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:July 01, 2016 to July 29, 2016June 30, 2017 to July 28, 2017June 29, 2018 to July 27, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Principal Components and Factor Analysis
In this course, you will learn how to make decisions in building a factor analysis model  including what model to use, the number of factors to retain, and the rotation method to use. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:May 20, 2016 to June 17, 2016May 19, 2017 to June 16, 2017May 18, 2018 to June 15, 2018show more dates >> Learn more and register >>

Survey Analysis
This course covers the analysis of data gathered in surveys. Tuition: $499 (5.0 CEUs) Next three dates:September 16, 2016 to October 14, 2016September 15, 2017 to October 13, 2017show more dates >> Learn more and register >>
Tuition and Fees: $5,008
This estimate includes the cost of any texts you need to buy, the application fee, the registration fee, individual course fees that you pay as you progress through the program, as well as various tuition savings available to you once you are a matriculated certificate candidate at the Institute. The actual total cost of the program may vary slightly depending on several factors and may differ slightly from the estimate above; fees are subject to change without prior notice.
Is there an application deadline?
No  applications are accepted and students are enrolled year round on a rolling basis. See the timeline tool in the "Program" tab to see the recommended sequence of courses starting in any given month.
Are there admission requirements?
We'd like you to have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Also, you should have recently had introductory statistics, equivalent to Statistics.com's Statistics 1 and Statistics 2 . If you haven't, or if you'd like to go over that ground again, no worries. We'll put you in Statistics 1 and 2 at no charge once we accept your application! Statistics 1 starts at the beginning of each month.
What are the fees?
The application fee is $75, which you can pay here. The enrollment fee is $495, which includes free enrollment in Statistics.com's Statistics 1 and Statistics 2 courses if needed. Once you are enrolled, you pay course tuition fees "as you go," at the discounted academic rate.
Is there any particular way I should schedule my courses?
Not really, no. Scheduling is quite flexible with various courses offered all throughout the year and a class format that does not require you to be online at any specific times. Most PASS students choose to take one course at a time, but we encourage you to plan your program in a way that fits your schedule and helps you personally learn best.
Can I get credit for courses I have already taken at Statistics.com?
Yes. You can apply up to three prior courses to your program, provided you got adequate marks.
If I have already mastered a topic from my work or prior academic experience, do I need to repeat it?
No. We do not want to waste your time. Just share with us how you covered the topic and we'll swap out that course for something else.
The courses in the PASS programs don't exactly match what I need. Can I craft a custom program?
Maybe. Contact us so we can review what you want to do, and work together to create a program that makes sense!
How long do I have to complete the PASS certificate?
Five years.
Are the certificate programs accredited?
Most of the individual courses in the Data Science certificate programs have been approved for academic credit recommendation by the American Council on Education (ACE), which makes it relatively easy to transfer academic credit for these courses to another educational institution. Those same courses have also been approved as recognized professional development courses by INFORMS, the Operations Research Society. The Institute for Statistics Education is not itself accredited as an academic institution.
Still have questions?
Contact the registrar (ourcourses [at] statistics.com) and we'll try to answer them as well as possible.
I’ve increased my exposure in my department and profession because I have experience with a number of data analysis approaches. I’ve been asked to give guest lectures in other classes on statistical methods and different strategies, and I was asked to present at a national conference.
Todd Lewis, Ph.D., Associate Professor
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