M.S. in Applied Statistics for Social Science Research: A Socially Significant Degree

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Develop highly marketable skills in the current data science revolution and use them to do good in the world. Our new M.S. in Applied Statistics for Social Science Research (A3SR) provides you with rigorous training in statistical research techniques and their applications in contemporary social, behavioral, and health science research.

This master's degree program is a good choice if you have a quantitative background, like to work with numbers and solving problems, want to sharpen your data-analysis and analytical skills, learn advanced statistical methods, and use them to solve important problems and inform policy or practice.

The A3SR curriculum provides you with a firm foundation in statistical modeling tools commonly used in social science research. You will become proficient in use of methods such as:

If you are entering the program with more advanced mathematical or statistical training, you will have the option of pursuing more advanced courses which will provide opportunities to develop and evaluate the properties of statistical models.

Coursework and data analysis projects help you gain confidence in your skills to undertake data-analytic projects and research grounded in proven methodology and make strong data-based decisions and assessments. You'll have opportunities to apply your skills to address critical policy issues and social problems through an internship and the consulting research seminar.

Our faculty have worked and consulted for a range of advocacy and policy organizations. They are applying these strategies to important questions in public health, politics, psychology and psychometrics, demography, sociology, labor markets, and education.

Some of the important application-area questions our faculty are exploring include:

On the methodological front our faculty are working in diverse areas across statistics. Examples include research to:

The full-time program can be completed in 3 or 4 semesters, depending on your prior statistical training. Part-time enrollment is permitted and will, of course, take longer -- up to 6 semesters.

Upon graduation you'll be well prepared for a career as an applied statistician and data scientist in the private or public sector in fields such as psychology, education, political science, applied economics, public policy, health and healthcare, and media research. Starting salaries in the social, behavioral and health sciences salaries range from $60,000-$100,000. You can also choose to pursue doctoral study. You will know how to:


The program accepts applications for fall enrollment only. Apply by the February 1, 2014 deadline for Fall 2014 matriculation.

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