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IROnline Methods Requirement

Every student completing an IROnline degree has a required Quantitative Methods component. Read more for details on how you can fulfill this requirement, and what you can do if you are struggling with course(s).


Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) and Master of Arts in Social Enterprise (SE) Online

All students in the MAIR and SE Online programs are required to take 6 credit hours of Methods coursework. SISG-763 Quantitative Methods: Research Design & Analysis is a required course for all students. 

Students may choose from two Second Level Methods course options: either SISG-765 Planning, Forecasting and Decision-making or SIS-750 Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation

Students pursuing the International Development or International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution concentration tracks are recommended to take SIS-750 Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (DM&E), and students pursuing the Global Security or U.S. Foreign Policy concentration tracks are recommended to take SISG-765 Planning, Forecasting, and Decision-making. *Students are encouraged to have completed SISG-763 Quantitative Methods course before pursuing their Second Level Methods requirement.


Master in International Service (MIS) Online 

All students in the MIS Online program are required to complete 3 credit hours of Methods coursework, and can take any one of the following courses in order to fulfill this requirement:

  • SISG-763 Quantitative Methods: Research Design & Analysis
  • SIS-750 Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (DM&E)
  • SISG-765 Planning, Forecasting, and Decision-making

Faculty Office Hours

Students currently enrolled in a course with which they are struggling are advised to connect with their live session faculty member during office hours to talk through challenges and potential solutions. See course syllabi for faculty office hour information. Want to connect with your faculty member ahead of the semester? See our list of faculty profiles for background and contact information.


Math Flipbook [COMING SOON!]

Students wishing to refresh their quantitative skills before entering into the methods, statistics or math-focused courses can utilize the Math Refresher Flipbook within the Orientation Course in the 2IR platform. In addition to helpful resources and videos, there is also a self-assessment meant to identify areas for improvement. 


Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning (CTRL)

AU’s CTRL Lab can help you with questions about how to use the SPSS software, how to analyze your data, and how to read and interpret a statistical report.

SPSS Software

One of the requirements of SISG-763 Quantitative Methods is the use of SPSS Statistical software. Students have two options for obtaining access to the software: they can purchase the software independently, or access it through the Virtual Computing Lab (VCL). More information about the VCL can be found below. Students expecting to rely heavily upon a particular software package to complete coursework are encouraged to purchase a dedicated license. Dedicated licenses can be ordered through Kivuto Solutions by calling (Toll Free) + 1 (866) 435-4722 or +1 (888) 396-1447 or visiting Licenses purchased through Kivuto Solutions cost $59.99 and are valid for 6 months. Students electing to purchase SPSS will be responsible for the full cost of their order.

Virtual Computing Lab (VCL)

The VCL, also run by CTRL, allows students to "remote-in" to the computers in AU's on-campus labs, all of which have SPSS installed. Use the software for free using this client, but be aware that it has limited licenses available, and you could experience higher wait-times during high usage blocks throughout the year (i.e.: mid-terms, final exams, project deadlines, etc.). Students expecting to rely heavily upon a particular software package to complete coursework are encouraged to purchase a dedicated SPSS license.

Public Database Links

Faculty who have taught SISG-763 with the IROnline program have also provided some helpful links for students seeking publicly-available data sets for their research. Contact your faculty instructor for more information. 

UCLA Statistical Computing: Provides tutorials and annotated examples for SAS, SPSS, STATA, and R, as well as, various resources for data analysts and links to data sets.

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service: Collects data on virtually all aspects of U.S. agriculture such as production, prices, farm labor, wages, finances, chemical use, etc.

NOAA Drought Information Center: Collects data on climate indicators and drought indices for U.S.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Collects data on U.S. labor market activity, working conditions, and changes in price levels, e.g., consumer price index, producer price index.

US Bureau of Economic Analysis: Collects data on U.S. economic activity such as consumption, personal income, trade, state and national income, investment, savings, etc. The data are usually aggregate numbers spanning over states and regions.

UNM Bureau of Business & Economic Research: Provides data and links to data on New Mexico economic activity. 

Center for Disease Control: Collects data on health indicators in U.S. such as life expectancy, mortality, health care uses, expenditures, etc. 

US Census Bureau: Collects data on U.S. demographics such as age, sex, occupation, household income, etc. Data are based on household survey (micro data). 

DataFerrett: DataFerrett is a data analysis and extraction tool with recoding capabilities-to customize federal, state, and local data. It is a computer a Online Masters Writing Advisor Guidelines.pdf  pplication that allows you to access a variety of public use data offered by the US Census Bureau without having to visit the individual sites. 

The World Bank: Collects various data on countries around the world, e.g., economic activity, political environment, environmental conditions, human rights indicators, corruption, etc. For certain types of data, you may need to link via UNM libraries for access.