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

AMAP Interdisciplinary Methods Certificate


The advanced methods 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 Methods 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.
  • Current Purdue graduate students who are non-native English speaking international students do not need to retake an English language proficiency test (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS). Any applicant not currently enrolled in a Purdue graduate program do have to provide an English language proficiency test
  • If you have questions about any of the addmissions criteria, contact the AMAP steering committed (


  • All 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 CLA or HHS departments can count as fulfilling this requirement. Current courses that meet this prerequisite are listed below. Other courses may meet this prerequisite but must be approved by the AMAP steering committee. Approved prerequisites are:
    • COM 582 (Descriptive/Experimental Research In Communication)
    • PSY 688 (Research Methods)
    • SOC 580 (Methods for Social Research)
  • Students are encouraged to complete a course in linear regression and/or ANOVA before enrolling in the certificate. A course in linear regression and/or ANOVA is a required prerequisite for most of the quantitative courses listed below. Routinely offered courses in linear regression or ANOVA include HDFS 590, POL 501, PSY 606, PSY 631, SOC 680, and STAT 512.

Admissions Process

When should I apply?

  • You can apply at any time after you have met the prerequisites listed above. While you can apply after you have already completed some of the requirements for the certificate listed below -- we encourage students to apply early as this helps us provide workshops, brown bags, and other events of interest to those currently pursuing the certificate.

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
  • 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.” 
  • Fill out the application form and submit it with your application as the "statement of purpose"
  • Sign and submit!
  • Current Purdue graduate students must provide a completed G.S. Form 18 Dual Graduate Program Request. List the "proposed department" as Advanced Methods at Purdue and the dept. code as AMAP. The form needs to be signed by the applicant and the head of the graduate program in the applicant’s home department. Email the completed form to with the email title "AMAP Certificate Application." AMAP will provide the signature for the proposed department (AMAP).

Application Fee

$60 for domestic students

$75 for international students

Deadlines for Submission

All application materials must be received by:  August 1 (for Fall admission) and December 1 (for Spring admission). We will process applications shortly after these deadlines.

While we encourage students to apply early, you may apply at any time prior to, during, or after completion of the requirements listed below. If a student has already completed all of 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.  

Completion Requirements

Certificate requirements are:

  • At least four courses in research methods chosen from the listing below (or similar courses with AMAP steering committee approval).
    • See approved courses below for example courses.
  • AMAP emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to methods; therefore, students must take courses from at least two different departments for the four courses to be counted for the certificate
  • To encourage well-rounded methodological training all students must take at least one quantitative course and at least one qualitative course.
  • Students have the option to specialize in quantitative or qualitative methods. For example, a student who specializes in quantitative methods would take three advanced quantitative courses and one qualitative methods course. Students who specialize are encouraged to develop capstones that fit their chosen specialization.
    • There is no requirement to specialize in quantitative or qualitative methods; students can choose to mix quantitative or qualitative courses, workshops, and capstones.
  • AMAP faculty may also offer shorter modular courses, with three modules equaling one seminar of the four required.
  • Attendance in at least three AMAP workshops
    • See the AMAP Events page for upcoming workshops
    • See "Workshops and Seminars" on our Past Events page for example offerings
    • Most workshops are not explicitly qualitative or quantitative in nature and therefore can be attended and counted regardless as to whether a student is specializing in quantitative or qualitative methods
  • Attendance in at least four brown bags.
  • “Capstone” experience in research methods, to be determined in consultation with the major professor and the 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 ( Examples include:
    • 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 methods course
    • Writing a 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 from AMAP affiliated departments in CLA and HHS that have been approved for the certificate. Many other courses including those taught in other colleges may qualify but must receive AMAP steering committee approval.

Below, we color code courses as Quantitative or Qualitative; all students must take at least one quantitative and at least one qualitative course to complete the certificate.


592 (Data Management and Curation for Qualitative [and Digital Humanities] Research)

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)


585 (Qualitative Methods)

624 (Focus Groups And Interviewing For Strategic Communication)

625 (Survey Design, Analysis, And Reporting For Strategic Communication)

632 (Social Media Analytics)

674 (Network Analysis)

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


627 (Multilevel Modeling)

628 (Structural Equation Modeling)


595 (Data Management and Curation for Qualitative [and Digital Humanities] Research)

695 (Digital Humanities)


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 as quantitative or qualitative)

608 (Qualitative Methods)

693 (Modeling Complex Systems)


606 (Intensive Repeated Measures)

607 (Scaling / Measurement)

608 (Measurement Theory / Interpretation)

610 (Multivariate)

611 (Multilevel Theory, Measurement, and Analysis)

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

674 (SEM)


609 or 681: Causal Analysis

609: Comparative / Historical Methods

609 or 681: Experimental Design

609 or 681: Latent Variable Modeling

609 or 681: Longitudinal and Multilevel Modeling

681: Categorical Data Analysis 

686 (Qualitative Methods)

Completion Reporting

After a student has completed all requirements described above they should fill out this completion form detailing which courses, workshops, brown bags, and capstone the students plan to apply to the certificate. Email the completed form to with the subject "AMAP Certificate Requirements Complete" to alert the steering committee of the completed requirements. We will send a confirmation email verifying receipt of your email.

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 steering 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 Methods in the Behavioral, Health, and Social 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.