Data analysis skills have become a critical component of Social Sciences research and are sought after in the private sector.
Social sciences disciplines have seen new data analysis techniques emerge over the last 10 years, both in terms of the range of relevant statistical models and the range of data made available for hypothesis testing. Many of these techniques are necessary for the next generation of social scientists.
Are you a social scientist with intellectual drive and curiosity, who wants to think more critically about the importance of data in your field? This program lets students apply a variety of methodologies to a discipline of their choice. If you are an interdisciplinary student who wants to add even more value to your social sciences training in the digital age, this program is for you.
UB offers two unique programs: an MS in Data Analytics in Social Sciences (36 credits), and an Advanced Certificate in Data Analysis for the Social Sciences (18 credits).
DASS combines coursework and learning opportunities from our social sciences departments at UB: Sociology, Linguistics, Psychology, Geography, Anthropology, Communication, Political Science and Economics. This provides students with a truly interdisciplinary approach to data analysis by exposing them to research methods and trends across different areas of social science. By combining broad exposure to data analysis with expanded work in the discipline of your choice, you will graduate as a well-rounded candidate for professional opportunities or additional academic study.
Our ultimate goal is provide students with:
Admissions guidelines for the MS and Advanced Certificate vary slightly, but overall, the admissions committee seeks motivated students with strong academic records, particularly in the social sciences.
New, current and prospective students should contact the DASS Graduate Program Coordinator with any questions regarding application process, enrollment, choosing an advisor, and student services:
Director of Graduate Enrollment and Program Coordinator