Master of Arts in Computational Social Science
- Applied Science
- Confers Alumni Status
Combine frontier social scientific research with a rigorous introduction to computational data analysis.
Our two-year MA in Computational Social Science offers the opportunity to develop computer science and statistical skills with innovative applications to problems of massive societal interest. Depending on your field, that could encompass problems of memory formation, language use, knowledge networks, changing historical patterns in the distribution of material and cultural objects, the conditions under which social movements succeed or fail, or how partisan identification shapes social and economic behavior. MACSS students take doctoral-level courses taught by faculty from across the Division of Social Sciences, as well as the Booth School of Business, Computer Science, and the Harris School of Public Policy, and write an MA thesis under the mentorship of a faculty advisor, experiences which are invaluable preparation for a variety of careers and further academic pursuits.
Designed for students with interests in quantitative or social scientific research. We expect most of our Computation students to go on for PhD study in their chosen social science discipline.
Offered by the University of Chicago’s (opens in new tab) Division of the Social Sciences.