MS in Applied Statistics for Social Science Research

Degree Requirements

Total Points Required: 34 minimum; 34–44 variable

This is a variable-credit program in which you can take a minimum of 34 credits. If you are entering the program with prior statistical training, the accelerated, lower credit option may be ideal for you. Most students with no prior statistical experience will take around 44 credits.  

The program consists of theoretical foundations, statistical inference and generalized linear models, causal inference, survey research methods, multilevel modeling, applied statistics electives, and unrestricted electives. A statistical consulting research seminar and internship provide practical learning experiences.

Course descriptions
Syllabi for courses offered in 2016–17
Syllabi for previous years

Required Courses: 23 credits
Core Courses 
APSTA-GE 2003: Intermediate Quantitative Methods*
STAT-GB 2301: Regression and Multivariate Data Analysis
APSTA-GE 2004: Advanced Modeling I: Topics in Multivariate Analysis 2
APSTA-GE 2331: Data Science for Social Impact 3
APSTA-GE 2012: Causal Inference 3
APSTA-GE 2352: Practicum in Statistical Computing & Simulation* 2
APSTA-GE 2042: Multilevel Models: Nested Data
APSTA-GE 2040: Multilevel Models: Growth Curves
APSTA-GE 2139: Survey Research I
APSTA-GE 2134: Experimental Design
APSTA-GE 2044: Generalized Linear Models 2
APSTA-GE 2351: Applied Probability* 3
*Indicates that the student with equivalent prior course work may place out of this course.  
: 8 credits (choose one)

MS in Applied Statistics for Social Science Research

General Applied Statistics
Three APSTA-GE courses totaling at least 8 credits not taken to fulfill another requirement.  
Computational Methods
APSTA-GE 2011: Introduction to Machine Learning 2
APSTA-GE 2122: Statistical Inference (Frequentist) 2
AND two of the following three courses:  
APSTA-GE 2123: Statistical Inference (Bayesian) 2
APSTA-GE 2013: Missing Data 2
APSTA-GE 2017: Education Data Science Practicum 2
Data Science for Social Impact
APSTA-GE 2011: Introduction to Machine Learning 2
APSTA-GE 2062: Ethics of Data Science 3
APSTA-GE 2355 Data Science Translation 3
Culminating Experience: 3-5 credits
Culminating Experience
APSTA-GE 2310: Internship+ 0-2
APSTA-GE 2401: Statistical Consulting Seminar 3
+Students are advised that internships must be approved by a program advisor and will be assessed in terms of content and rigor.  
Electives: 8-10 credits
Applied Statistics Electives 
4–8 credits of APSTA-GE courses; not taken to meet any other requirement**  
View current course offerings.  
Unrestricted Electives
0–4 credits of unrestricted electives; may be taken from departments across the entire university according to your own interests, with advisor approval. We recommend EDPLY-GE Education and Social Policy.  
**Note: total for both electives (in program and unrestricted) must be at least 8.  


Approved NYU Electives
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, School of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Science, or Tandon School of Engineering:

MA-GY.7763: Topics in Statistics: Data Mining and Machine Learning

MATH-GA 2840: Advanced Topics in Applied Mathematics – Dynamic Computational Statistical Models for Socio-Economic and Geo-Political Systems
CSCI-GA-256: Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
DS-GA 1002: Statistical and Mathematical Methods
DS-GA 1003: Machine Learning 
DS-GA 1004: Big Data
EHSC-GA 2339: Introduction to Bayesian Modeling 
For more courses, visit the Data Science curriculum website. Please note some of the courses offered through Data Science may have substantial prerequisites in mathematics and computer science; further, open seats in classes offered in that program are limited. 
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Science:
PSYCH-GA 2243: Psychometric Theory
PSYCH-GA 2247: Structural Equation Methods
PSYCH-GA 2248: Methods for the Analysis of Change
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Science:
SOC-GA 2314: Longitudinal Statistics
SOC-GA 2306: Event History Analysis
Department of Economics, Stern School of Business:
ECON-GB 3351: Econometrics I
ECON-GB 9912: Econometric Analysis of Panel Data
Stern School of Business:
STAT-GB 2302: Forecasting Time Series Data
STAT-GB 2308: Applied Stochastic Processes For Financial Models
STAT-GB 4310: Statistics for Social Data
INFO-GB 3335: Data Mining for Business Analytics

For all Stern courses: view the cross-registration process and form required. 

For all Wagner courses (PADM-GP): submit a course registration request.