The Master of Science in Applied Data Science & International Studies (MSADSIS) 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 MSADSIS program trains highly skilled international policy analysts in the use of big data, data analytics, and advanced modeling and simulation. MSADSIS 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 Applied Data Science & International Studies

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 (16 units)

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

Electives (8 units)
World Politics
Seminar in Conflict & Peace or
Seminar in Civil War
Seminar in Deterrence and Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

International Political Economy
International Political Economy
Political Economy of International Development or
Seminar in Political Demography or Seminar in Social Demography
Political Economy of China

Foreign Policy (Choose two classes within a region)
Foreign Policy USA
Foreign Policy of Latin America
Foreign Policy of the Middle East
Foreign Policy of Africa
Foreign Policy of Europe
Foreign Policy of East Asia
Foreign Policy of South East Asia

Computational Analytics
Game Theory
Seminar in Computational & Agent-Based Modeling
Dynamic Modeling

Theoretical Foundations in Health Promotion & Education

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 (12 units)
Select one sequence only

Quantitative Research Methods
Data Analysis Using SAS or R
Applied Data Analysis

Econometrics I (Prerequisite: Probability & Statistics for Econometrics)
Econometrics II or Time Series Econometrics
Applied Data Analysis

Nonparametric & Computational Statistics (Prerequisite: Statistical Theory or instructor’s permission)
Reliability Theory (Probability; Stochastic Processes would also be helpful) or
Data Mining or
Large-Scale Inference or
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 tenured or tenure-track international studies faculty throughout The Claremont Colleges.

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Jeremy McWells

Assistant Director of Admissions
T: 909-607-1714 (Direct)
T: 909-607-7811 (Central Admissions)