Our 36 credit, terminal master’s degree program prepares students to collect, interpret and communicate the results of data analysis across a wide berth of social science fields.
Students are first introduced to basic/intermediate statistics courses and computation programming/data manipulation. They will then take research courses both within and outside of their preferred discipline, culminating in a research project or thesis on a topic of their choice (in conjunction with an advisor).
Additional academic and pre-professional opportunities include:
Each student will meet with the Director of Graduate Studies for the DASS program each semester. At this meeting, the director will provide academic advice to students on every relevant matter, including the students’ course schedule for the upcoming semester. Students will also select a faculty member in their specialty department for thesis or project guidance. The project advisor must be selected no later than at the end of students’ second semester of full-time study.
In addition to meeting with the Director of Graduate Studies for the program, students will also select a faculty member in their specialty department for thesis or project guidance. The project advisor must be selected no later than at the end of students’ second semester of full-time study. Below is a list of faculty members who are currently able to accept students for DASS project advisement. Please refer to individual departments’ faculty directories to learn more about a faculty member’s research areas.
Note that this list will be updated regularly to reflect faculty availability to advise DASS students.
The 36 credit program requires:
Each student will be required to take at least 9 credit hours in a department other than their specialty discipline to increase familiarity with the methods of adjacent fields.
The MS project or thesis will be submitted to two faculty members from two distinct departments (including the student’s project advisor), who have the sole responsibility for its review, revision and acceptance. Each committee member must be in one of the participating social sciences departments and hold membership in UB’s graduate faculty. In exceptional cases (and if the project warrants), one member of the MS committee might be from a non-social science department.
Admissions guidelines for the program are as follows: