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The Master of Science in Applied Data Science program trains you in strategic analysis, leveraging CGU’s world-class expertise and scholarship in the latest computational, behavioral, visualization, and data-driven decision-making techniques for both public and private sectors.

MSADS students are exposed to various social science theories, domains, process, and methods knowledge to help them understand and predict human uncertainty across politics, economics, and business behaviors. You will gain a distinct competitive advantage in your professional career through understanding and using these political, economic, statistical, big data, and data analytics tools to solve public and private sector problems. Topics covered in the MSADS program span national policy development, business strategy, conflict and cooperation, income inequality, economic growth, trade, exchange rates, demographic change, and sustainable development.

Program Highlights

Program At a Glance

36 units

1.5 years

*Program completion times may vary depending on course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring | Summer

Politics & Policy

MS in Applied Data Science

Featured Courses

ECON 317
Game Theory & Asymmetric Information

This course provides an introduction to graduate-level game theory and asymmetric information and is designed to meet the needs of students in the economics PhD program.

PP 401
World Politics

This core seminar is designed to provide a broad survey of competing perspectives on international relations. It will evaluate and contrast major approaches to international politics in decision making, confrontation, deterrence, and political economy.

PP 430
Perspectives in Conflict & Peace

This class will review current theories of international and domestic conflict including proposals that lead to their resolution.

SPE 471
Strategic Modeling for Politics, Economics & Business Decisions

The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of several decision-making approaches in political science. The course is divided into four substantive sections emphasizing both theory and applications.

SPE 487
Visualizing Data

This course takes the design of graphics and tables seriously and explores a variety of visual techniques for investigating patterns in data, summarizing statistical results, and efficiently representing the robustness of such results to alternative modeling assumptions.

SPE 489
Computational Tools for Social Sciences

This course is designed to give students a flexible and broad toolkit for conducting quantitative social science research. It will cover the skills needed to collect, clean, aggregate, explore, visualize, and analyze data using the R statistical language. It will cover everything from general programming and workflow to web scraping and mapping.

Core Course Requirement (16 units)
Data Analytics & Visualization (4 units)

Strategic Modeling for Politics, Economics, & Business Decisions (4 units)

Visualizing Data (4 units)

Computational Tools for Social Science (4 units)

Research Tools (12 units)
Introduction to Statistical Analysis (4 units)

Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (4 units)

Applied Data Analysis  (4 units)

Electives (8 units)
Choose one of the following tracks:
Computational Analytics (8 units from the following)

  • Game Theory & Asymmetric Information (4 units)
  • Computational & Agent-Based Modeling (4 units)
  • Dynamic Modeling (4 units)
  • Seminar in Social Network Analysis (4 units)
  • Analysis of Social Networks (4 units)

International Political Economy (8 units from the following)

  • International Political Economy (4 units) And
  • Political Economy of International Development (4 units) OR
  • Seminar in World Politics: Political Demography & Development ( 4 units) OR
  • Special Seminar in Social Demography (4 units)
  • Political Economy of China (4 units)
  • Economic Development: Household and Local Development Issues (4 units)

Security (8 units from the following)

  • World Politics (4 units)
  • Perspectives in Conflict & Peace (4 units)
  • Seminar in Civil War (4 units)
  • Deterrence & Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (4 units)

Health (8 units from the following)

  • Theoretical Foundations in Health Promotion & Education (4 units)
  • Epidemiology (4 units)
  • US Health Policy (4 units)
  • Seminar in World Politics: Political Demography & Development (4 units)
Faculty & Research
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Mark Abdollahian

Full Clinical Professor

Research Interests

Strategic Decision Making, International Political Economy, Sustainable Development

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Carlos Algara

Mary Toepelt Nicolai and George S. Blair Assistant Professor

Research Interests

American politics, the United States Congress, ideological representation, electoral politics, elite institutions

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Heather E. Campbell

Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy
Director, Division of Politics & Economics

Research Interests

Public Policy, Urban Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice

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Yi Feng

Luther Lee Jr. Memorial Chair Professor

Research Interests

International Political Economy, International Relations, Political Economy of China and Latin America, Quantitative Methodology

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Jacek Kugler

Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations

Research Interests

Causes and Consequences of War, Political Performance, Power Transition

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Tanu Kumar

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Development, political behavior, urban politics, digital technology

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Tyler Reny

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

American Politics, Racial and Ethnic Politics, Political Behavior, Public Opinion, Political Psychology, Data Visualization

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Javier Rodríguez

Associate Professor
Field Chair for Policy

Research Interests

Public & Health Policy, Social Inequality, Quantitative Methods for Social Science Research

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Melissa Rogers

Associate Professor, Politics & Policy
Co-Director, Inequality and Policy Research Center
Field Chair, Comparative Politics
Field Chair, American Politics

Research Interests

Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Economic Inequality


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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