The Master of Science in Analytical Politics (MSAP) trains students in the latest computational, visualization, and data-driven decision-making techniques to perform top-level strategic analysis in both public and private international policy.

The MSAP program trains highly skilled international policy analysts in the use of big data, data analytics, and advanced modeling and simulation. MSAP students master state-of-the-art political assessment models across all scales of political interactions. Critical coursework and classroom experience expose you to various political analyses, domains, processes, and methods. You will graduate with the ability to use a variety of political, economic, statistical, big data, and data analytics tools to solve policy problems and have a distinct competitive advantage in your professional career.

Program Highlights
  • Flexible programming lets you customize your curriculum to more effectively achieve your career goals.
  • Graduate-only education is offered in small, seminar-style classes taught by highly knowledgeable faculty-scholars.
  • Pursue an MS in conjunction with another degree, such as an MS in Information Systems & Technology. You earn a diploma for each degree  and “double count” some units from one program to the other to decrease your required total units.
  • CGU has earned a global reputation for expertise in solving real-world political and policy challenges for governments and corporations over the last 40 years.

Program At a Glance

36 units

1.5 years

Fall | Spring | Summer

International Studies

MS in Analytical Politics

Featured Courses

World Politics

Provides a broad survey of competing perspectives on international relations.

IST 344
Data Analytics & Information Visualization

Gives students the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the important principles and techniques for translating organizational data into visual stories that can be used by managers to make data-driven decisions.

SPE 471
Strategic Modeling for Politics, Economics & Business

Introduces students to decision making and the strategy process through multiple techniques, creating a strategy toolkit with applications in politics, economics, and business.

SPE 411
International Political Economy

Prepares students to analyze the complex interactions between political and economic trends, both domestically and at the international level. 

SPE 448
Seminar in Social Network Analytics

Explores social network analysis, including the measurement and structure of networks, the collection and analysis of network data, and network modeling.

SPE 317
Advanced Formal Models

Examines the mechanics of a variety of formal models—including their underlying logic, implementation, and application—and explores game theory, spatial bargaining, social network analysis, and more.


Core Courses (12 units)

SPE 486 Data Analytics & Visualization
SPE 317 Advanced Formal Models
SPE 448 Seminar in Social Network Analysis
SPE 471 Strategic Modeling for Politics, Economics & Business (Capstone Seminar)

Electives (8 units)
PP/INTL 401 World Politics
PP/INTL 430 Seminar in Conflict & Peace or
PP/INTL 432 Seminar in Civil War

International Political Economy
SPE 411 International Political Economy
SPE 418 Political Economy of International Development or
PP/INTL 408 Seminar in Political Demography or
SPE 429 Political Economy of China or
SPE 371 Globalization

Foreign Policy (Choose two classes within a region)
PP/INTL 420A Foreign Policy USA
PP 420B Foreign Policy of Latin America
PP/INTL 420C Foreign Policy of the Middle East
PP/INTL 420D Foreign Policy of Africa
PP/INTL 420E Foreign Policy of Europe
PP/INTL 420F Foreign Policy of East Asia
PP/INTL 420G Foreign Policy of South East Asia

Note: Students who wish to substitute classes or create alternate tracks must gain prior approval by a faculty advisor to choose the best courses for their goals.

Computational Analytics
SPE 316 Seminar in Computational & Agent-Based Modeling
SPE 438 Dynamic Modeling

CGH 300 Theoretical Foundations in Health Promotion & Education
CGH 302 Epidemiology

Note: Students who wish to substitute classes or create additional tracks must gain prior approval by a faculty advisor to choose the best courses for their goals.

Research Methods (16 units)
Select one track only

PP/INTL 481 Quantitative Research Methods
PP/INTL 482 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
PP/INTL 487 Applied Data Analysis
ECON 382 Econometrics I (Prerequisite: ECON 381 Probability & Statistics for Econometrics)
ECON 383 Econometrics II or ECON 384 Time Series Econometrics
PP/INTL 487 Applied Data Analysis

Track C
MATH 352 Nonparametric & Computational Statistics (Prerequisite: MATH 252 Statistical Theory or instructor’s permission)
MATH 354 Reliability Theory (MATH 251 Probability; MATH 256 Stochastic Processes would also be helpful) or
MATH 366 Data Mining or
MATH 452 Large-Scale Inference or
PP/INTL 487 Applied Data Analysis

Faculty & Research
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Yi Feng

Luther Lee Jr. Memorial Chair in Government

Research Interests

International political economy, Public policy analysis, Quantitative methodology, Global power shifts, Globalization

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Mark Abdollahian

Full Clinical Professor

Research Interests

Strategic decision making, International political economy, Sustainable development, Growth, Human social cultural behavioral modeling, Econometrics, Predictive analytics, Computational modeling and simulation, Data analytics, Visualization

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Jacek Kugler

Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations

Research Interests

Causes and consequences of war, Political performance, Nuclear deterrence, Power transition, Political demography, Development, Decision-making

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Melissa Rogers

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Research Interests

Comparative politics, political economy, economic inequality, Latin American politics, state institutional and economic development, research design, econometrics

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Zining Yang

Assistant Clinical Professor

Research Interests

Formal modeling, data analysis


Affiliated & Extended Faculty

In addition CGU’s core international studies faculty, students may take courses with 24 tenured or tenure-track philosophy faculty throughout The Claremont Colleges.

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