Social Policy/Data Analytics, MSSP & Certificate

The Master of Science in Social Policy + Data Analytics for Social Policy Certificate (MSSP+DA) is a 12-course, three-to-four-semester offering. MSSP + DA is a STEM-designated degree.

Despite the unquestionable relevance and powerful utility of the social analysis of digital data, there are currently not enough professionals trained in the substantive knowledge and skills of social policy analysis and data analytics. Data analytics developed as the multidisciplinary convergence of computer science, statistics, and cognitive sciences. Adding the discipline of social policy to this convergence, SP2’s Master of Science in Social Policy program plus the Data Analytics for Social Policy Certificate (MSSP+DA) is the first to train students explicitly in the use of data analytics for social policy analysis, research and evaluation. The MSSP+DA provides cutting edge training for the growing and highly needed professionals of data analytics for social policy.

Curriculum

A total of 12 course units plus an internship are required for graduation.

Core Courses
MSSP 628Policy: Analysis of Issues, Strategy and Process1
MSSP 629Research and Evaluation Design1
MSSP 631Law and Social Policy1
MSSP 668Economics for Social Policy1
MSSP 710Democratizing Data? Critical Data Studies in Algorithmic Governance1
MSSP 897Applied Linear Modeling1
CIT 590Programming Languages and Techniques1
SWRK 730Community Mapping1
MSSP 634MSSP/DA Capstone I: Telling Stories with Data0.5
MSSP 635Capstone II: Policy Internship in Data Analytics0.5
MSSP 606Data for Equitable Justice Lab0
Select One of Two Tracks:2
Statistical Analysis Track
Modern Regression for the Social, Behavioral and Biological Sciences
MUSA 507
Computational Analysis Track
Applied Machine Learning
Big Data Analytics
Electives
Select one elective1
Total Course Units12

Social Policy Internships

The MSSP+DA provides students with competitive and cutting-edge opportunities for policy internships in data analytics that emphasize competency development in both policy analysis and data analytics. These parallel competencies position graduates to work in the fast growing and developing world of data analytics for social policy. Credit for the internship is incorporated into the MSSP+DA Capstone Seminar. The Data Analytics policy internship must consist of a minimum commitment of 150 hours.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.


Sample Plan of Study

The MSSP+DA program may be pursued on a full or part-time basis.  While students may customize their schedules due to participation in a dual degree or certificate program, enrollment in an international course or study abroad experience, or successfully passing a waiver exam, the grid below outlines the standard schedule and course of study for full-time students. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCourse Units
MSSP 628 Policy: Analysis of Issues, Strategy and Process 1.0
MSSP 710 Democratizing Data? Critical Data Studies in Algorithmic Governance 1.0
MSSP 897 Applied Linear Modeling 1.0
MSSP 606 Data for Equitable Justice Lab 0.0
Computational Analysis Track 1.0
Programming Languages and Techniques  
Statistical Analysis Track 1.0
Select one Elective
 
 Course Units4.00
Spring
MSSP 631 Law and Social Policy 1.0
SWRK 730 Community Mapping 1.0
MSSP 606 Data for Equitable Justice Lab 0.0
Computational Analysis Track 2.0
Big Data Analytics  
Select one Elective
 
Statistical Analysis Track 2.0
Programming Languages and Techniques  
Modern Regression for the Social, Behavioral and Biological Sciences  
 Course Units4.00
Second Year
Fall
MSSP 634 MSSP/DA Capstone I: Telling Stories with Data 0.5
MSSP 668 Economics for Social Policy 1.0
MSSP 629 Research and Evaluation Design 1.0
MSSP 606 Data for Equitable Justice Lab 0.0
Computational Analysis Track 1.0
Applied Machine Learning  
Statistical Analysis Track 1.0
MUSA 507
 
 Course Units3.50
Spring
MSSP 635 Capstone II: Policy Internship in Data Analytics 0.5
 Course Units0.50
 Total Course Units12.00