Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy
A unique curriculum at the intersection of data science and quantitative public policy analysis, the MS-DSPP equips graduates with cutting-edge computational, analytical, and leadership skills.
MS-DSPP in Action
Last spring, McCourt's MS-DSPP cohort held a poster session featuring the results of their partnership with DC's Department of Regulatory and Consumer Affairs (DCRA).
McCourt's Data Science for Public Policy students had a chance to meet and engage DC City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.
Using DRCA data, the MS-DSPP students developed tools to analyze housing complaints, identify absentee landlords, improve permitting and optimize inspections.
Kirk Borne, the Principal Data Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, presenting to Data Science for Public Policy students on how data science and analytics can be tapped to provide more value to organizations.
Applications are accepted from July 1 - April 1.
Those applying with a completed application by 30 November will be considered for scholarship and they will be notified of their decision by mid-January. The Priority Deadline for scholarship consideration is 15 January.
**International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the Priority Deadline.**
The Final Deadline for application submission is 1 April.
Connect with Admissions
To receive admissions information, ask questions concerning admission, attend a class, or schedule a visit of the Georgetown campus, please contact the McCourt School Admissions Office.
The MS-DSPP is a joint degree offered by Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy and Georgetown’s Graduate Analytics program combining the historic strengths of McCourt’s public policy analysis curriculum with the cutting-edge computational, mathematical, statistical methods training of Georgetown’s Analytics program.
Message from the Director
It’s not a secret: careers in data science are exploding.
- Michael A Bailey, Professor and Director of the Data Science for Public Policy Program
The MS-DSPP is a full-time, 39-credit (14 course) degree program, divided into core and elective courses which can be completed in two years.
Our MS-DSPP students are doing some great work. Check out a few of their recent internship, scholarly, and classroom projects.
Internship & Employment Outcomes
In governments and the nonprofit sector, the demand for data analysts, scientists, and data savvy managers is rising quickly (Indeed's listing of data scientist positions has quadrupled since 2013). This innovative, blended curriculum allows graduates to be highly valuable across sectors in the US and around the globe.
Join us online or in-person throughout the year for a comprehensive overview of our MS-DSPP program and answers to your questions. Sessions will also discuss the admissions process, requirements, and outcomes.
Data Science @Georgetown
Georgetown University has a thriving community of researchers, scholars and students in working in data science.
Massive Data Institute
The Massive Data Institute (MDI) is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the study of high-dimensional data to answer public policy questions.