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Applied Data Science

MS in Applied Data Science

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
  • An individualized curriculum lets you customize your program experience to more effectively achieve your career goals.
  • Benefit from CGU’s reputation for extensive expertise in solving real world challenges across politics, business, economics, and policy, using data science for governments and corporations
  • Choose specializations in areas of professional interest, including business, health, evaluation, and environmental issues
  • 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.
  • This program is STEM designated, allowing international students who hold F-1 visas to apply for OPT work authorizations for a total of 36 months (an initial 1-year period and a 24-month OPT STEM extension) of paid work experience in the U.S. after graduation.

Program At-a-glance

  • 36 units

    required units

  • MS in Applied Data Science

    degree awarded

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  • Spring, Summer, Fall

    program start

  • 1.5 years | full time*

    estimated completion time

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Director of Recruitment, School of Social Science, Policy, and Evaluation


Where You Can Find Our Alumni


  • Portrait of Mark Abdollahian

    Mark Abdollahian

    Full Clinical Professor

    Research Interests

    Strategic Decision Making, International Political Economy, Sustainable Development

  • Carlos Algara

    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

  • Heather Campbell

    Heather E. Campbell

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

    Research Interests

    Public Policy, Urban Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice

  • Portrait of Yi Feng

    Yi Feng

    Luther Lee Jr. Memorial Chair Professor

    Research Interests

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

  • Portrait of Jacek Kugler

    Jacek Kugler

    Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations

    Research Interests

    Causes and Consequences of War, Political Performance, Power Transition

  • Tanu Kumar

    Tanu Kumar

    Assistant Professor

    Research Interests

    Development, political behavior, urban politics, digital technology

  • Tyler Reny

    Tyler Reny

    Assistant Professor

    Research Interests

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

  • Javier Rodríguez

    Associate Professor
    Field Chair for Policy

    Research Interests

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

  • Portrait of Melissa Rogers

    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


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)

Application Guidelines

Requirements Summary

Item Description
Application Fee $80
Official Transcripts Yes
Letters of Recommendation 2
Statement of Purpose Yes
Resume Yes
Other Requirements English proficiency exam

Spring 2024
Priority Deadline – November 1, 2023
Final Deadline (International) – November 15, 2023
Final Deadline (Domestic) – December 1, 2023
Classes begin – January 16, 2024

Summer 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – March 1, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – April 1, 2024
Classes begin – May 13, 2024

Fall 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – July 5, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – August 1, 2024
Classes begin – August 26, 2024

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Cost & Aid

Program 36 units
Tuition per unit* $2,020

*Based on 2023-2024 tuition rates.

$245 Student Fee
$150 Technology Fee
International Student Services Fee*: $661 fall semester, $776 spring semester
**Applies to all international students (F-1 visa only) who are registered in coursework, doctoral study, or continuous registration. The fee is assessed each fall and spring semester for annual ISO accident and sickness plans and administrative fees. Subject to change.

For estimates of room & board, books, etc., please download CGU’s Cost of Attendance 2022-2023 .

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