Advanced Methods at Purdue (AMAP) in the Behavioral, Health, and Social Sciences

AMAP Interdisciplinary Methods Certificate


The advanced methodological training provided through the AMAP graduate certificate will combine formal and informal training with experiential learning in order to promote the rigorous, multimethod investigation of pressing theoretical questions in the behavioral, health, and social sciences. This is achieved by incorporating diverse qualitative and quantitative methods and immersion in interdisciplinary environments.

This certificate will train the next generation of scholars to respond to novel challenges in the behavioral, health, and social sciences with the methodological rigor and multidisciplinary view needed to lead groundbreaking scientific endeavors. The interdisciplinary nature of this certificate will facilitate collaborations among diverse sets of instructors and students.

The AMAP graduate certificate is the only interdisciplinary training program available for graduate students seeking to develop advanced methodological skills that cover the wide breadth of methods used in the behavioral, health, and social sciences. The Advanced Methodologies in the Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences Certificate is an exciting opportunity to develop and practice real skills in interdisciplinary methods. Students will gain state-of-the-art data analysis skills in the social, behavioral, and health sciences as well as practical experience in consulting on and teaching research design and analysis.

Admissions Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 with the possibility of conditional admission for applicants who do not meet this requirement.
  • Students must already have completed a foundational research methods course. A new interdisciplinary cross-listed seminar on “Principles of Research Design in the Behavioral, Health, and Social Sciences” will be offered in future semesters to meet this requirement. This seminar is intended to provide a survey of different types of qualitative and quantitative methods, and ensure a common foundational learning experience that unifies all students earning the certificate. Comparable courses already offered within specific HHS / CLA departments can count as fulfilling this requirement. Current courses that meet this prerequisite are listed below. Other courses may meet this prerequesite but must be approved by the AMAP steering committee.
    • SOC 580 (Methods for Social Research)
    • PSY 688 (Research Methods)
  • If you have questions about any of the addmissions criteria, contact the AMAP steering committeed (

Admissions Process

Apply for enrollment at

  • Create an application
  • Complete/update the background section
  • Select the Purdue West Lafayette (PWL) campus
  • Select "Advanced Methodologies in the Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences" as the graduate major
  • Select the term you'd like to enroll
  • Fill out the application form and include it with your application
  • Sign and submit!

Please note that we will process applications August 1 (for Fall admission) and December 1 (for Spring admission). Students may apply at any time prior to, during, or after completion of the course requirements listed below. If a student has already completed the requirements and wishes to obtain a December certificate they must apply no later than August 1; the deadline is December 1 to qualify for a May certificate.  

Application Fee

$60 for domestic students

$75 for international students

Application Materials

Applicants must provide a current Purdue transcript OR indicate “YES” on the application where it says “I consent and authorize Purdue University faculty and/or staff to access my Purdue University academic record for university business.”  Current Purdue graduate students must also provide a completed G.S. Form 18, Dual Graduate Program Request signed by the applicant and the Head of the applicant’s home department.

All application materials must be received by:  August 1 (for Fall admission) and December 1 (for Spring admission). 

Completion Requirements

Students will follow a Quantitative Track or Qualitative Track

For both tracks, requirements are:

  • At least four courses in research methodology chosen from the listing below (or similar courses with AMAP steering committee approval). Students will specialize in qualitative or quantitative methodologies, but regardless of the track that students choose, at least one course must be on a qualitative method and at least one course must be on a quantitative method. A foundational qualitative course can fill this requirement for the quantitative track and vice versa. AMAP faculty may also offer shorter modular courses, with three modules equaling one seminar of the four required.
    • See approved courses below for example courses
  • Attendance in at least three AMAP workshops
  • Attendance in at least four brown bags.
  • “Capstone” experience in research methodology, to be determined in consultation with the major professor AMAP steering committee. The goal of the capstone experience is to gain experiential, hands-on learning in the application of methodological tools. Some examples are listed below but students can propose their own capstone experience to the AMAP steering committee (
    • Conducting an interdisciplinary workshop on an advanced methodological technique
    • Serving as a methodological resource for an externally funded research project
    • Serving as a TA for an advanced methodological course
    • Writing an journal article-length methods publication
In addition,
  • Students must earn a minimum grade of B in each fo the four (4) classes they select from the below list, as well as the foundational prerequisite course.
  • 12 credit hours taken prior to admission to the certificate program may be counted toward completion of the certificate.
  • A maximum of 3 credits may be transferred from another institution, provided the transfer is approved by the AMAP steering committee.
  • No more than 9 credit hours earned in non-degree status, including credit hours earned toward completion of a single certificate or more than one certificate, may be applied toward a graduate degree.

Approved Courses

These are example courses that have been approved, but many others may qualify with AMAP steering committee approval.

Quantitative | Qualitative


592 (GIS)

605 (Ethnographic Analysis)

606 (Conduct of Anthropological Inquiry)

640 (Foundations and Framework: Applying Anthropology)

641 (Discovery and Design, Making Projects Work)

642 (Public Engagement)

675 (Sociolinguistic Analysis)


590 (GIS)


582 (Esc Exp Research)

585 (Qual Methods)

632 (Social Media Analytics)

674 (Network Analysis)

682 (Variable Topics -- Computational Methods, Content Analysis, Multivariate / ANOVA / Regression)


627 (Multilevel Modeling)

628 (Structural Equation Modeling)


695 (Digital Humanities)


501 (Introduction to Political Methodology)

605 (Political Methodology II) 

606 (Variable Topics – Models for Categorical and Limited DV, Experimental Methods, Scaling)

608 (Field Research Methods. Note this mixed methods course can count towards the quantitative or qualitative track)

608 (Qualitative Methods)

693 (Modeling Complex Systems)


606 (Intensive Repeated Measures)

606 (ANOVA)

607 (Scaling / Measurement)

608 (Measurement Theory / Interpretation)

610 (Multivariate)

611 (Multilevel Theory, Measurement, and Analysis)

646 (Variable Topic -- Multilevel Modeling, Bayesian Statistics)

631 (Multiple Regression)

674 (SEM)


609 and 681 (Variable Topics: Experimental Design, Categorical Data Analysis, Hierarchical and Longitudinal Models, Latent Variable Modeling, Causal Inference in Observational Data, Comparitive / Historical Methods)

686 (Qualitative Methods)


Completion Reporting

To facilitate tracking of students who are enrolled in certificate programs, the Office of the Registrar will establish a special admission status for such individuals. When a student completes requirements for a certificate, the AMAP steeing committee will notify the Graduate School. The Graduate School is responsible for certifying completion of requirements. The Graduate School will audit the following items to certify completion of requirements.

(a) the name of the student including PUID,
(b) student status, i.e. degree student including PUID,
(c) the complete name of each course, including course prefix and number,
(d) the grade in each course, and
(e) the semester and year each course is completed.

The Graduate School will then notify the Office of the Registrar.


This certificate will be posted separately upon completion of the requirements.

This Graduate certificate will be recorded in the following manner:

  • Awarded: Graduate Certificate
  • Program: Graduate School Administration – CPOSTB
  • College: Graduate School
  • Campus: Purdue West Lafayette (PWL)
  • Major: Advanced Methodologies in the Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences

Credits earned toward a certificate will be included in the computation of the overall GPA posted on the transcript. The certificate, itself, will be printed by the Office of the Registrar at the West Lafayette campus.
The certificate will be awarded jointly by the Graduate School. It will bear the signature of the dean of the Graduate School. Certificates will be awarded at the normal times when degrees are awarded. The Office of the Registrar will include the certificate with the diploma for degree-seeking students and mail the certificate to non-degree students.