Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy

Join Us at the Intersection of Data Science & Public Policy

Data science can address social problems and create meaningful change. Our Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy at the McCourt School of Public Policy merges innovative computing and statistical techniques with a passion for making a difference. By studying at Georgetown University in the heart of Washington, DC, where global and U.S. policy is made, you will gain high-demand quantitative skills and a deeper understanding of how data can improve policy outcomes. Join us as we leverage data science to create a better world.

Designated STEM-Eligible Program
Full-Time Program with Two Years to Complete
Required Internship

Application Deadlines

December 1 | Early Action Deadline
January 15 | Priority Deadline
March 1 | Final Deadline

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Shape the Future of Policy with Data at Georgetown

Our STEM-eligible program is based on a dynamic combination of the McCourt School’s renowned policy analysis curriculum and state-of-the-art, master’s-level data science courses. This 39-credit program is divided into core courses, electives and seminars. You’ll enhance your analytical skills and gain the necessary knowledge and experience to expertly design and manage effective public policy. You’ll also develop vital skills in collaboration, critical thinking, economic analysis, ethical leadership, policy analysis and more through McCourt’s Foundational Skills. With a focus on fostering a deep understanding and application of sound policy principles, you’ll be empowered to tackle complex policy challenges in the real world.

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Our Expert Faculty

Meet Our Faculty

Michael Bailey

MS-DSPP Faculty Director

NaLette Brodnax

Assistant Professor

Rebecca Johnson

Assistant Professor

Putting Your Knowledge into Practice

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to think critically and creatively about complex policy challenges by finding evidence-based solutions. No matter where you choose to apply your skills, we’re confident our program will give you the tools and expertise you need to make a meaningful difference. Within six months of graduation, 95% of 2023 graduates were employed or had accepted an offer.

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Meet Our Changemakers

As a diverse group of problem solvers, we’re dedicated to turning bold ideas into impactful action. In life at the McCourt School, we believe in the power of learning from your peers. Our students come from all walks of life and backgrounds, offering a rich community of experiences and perspectives. Together, we engage in policy-relevant research and strive to make the world a better place.

Meet the McCourt Ambassadors
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“In my first year at McCourt, I served as an MDI Scholar for the Massive Data Institute. In this role, I was able to work with a partnering organization to investigate racial disparities in drug arrests using prosecution data and machine learning techniques. I’ve also worked as a Graduate Research Assistant where I helped produce data visualizations for publication and conducted research on behalf of McCourt’s faculty.”

Phil Cork, MS-DSPP ’23

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The need for policy makers who can use data to drive change is ever growing. Join us in the Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy and hone your skills to expertly apply data science to policy making.

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