Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy

Drive Innovation in Policy Through Data-Driven Decisions

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.

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December 1
Early Action Deadline
If you apply by this deadline, increased scholarship opportunities and early notification are available.
January 15
Priority Deadline
If you apply by this deadline, increased scholarship opportunities are available.
March 1
Final Deadline
This is the final date to apply for Fall 2024 start.
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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.

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

Faculty Who Practice What They Teach

Michael Bailey, Ph.D.

Faculty Director, Colonel William J. Walsh Professor of American Government

Professor Bailey focuses his research on applying statistical techniques to answer questions at the intersection of political science, policy, law and economics. His expertise includes American politics, data science, public opinion polls, statistics and the Supreme Court. He teaches quantitative methods, polling and statistics for public policy courses.

NaLette Brodnax, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Professor Brodnax’s research interests include education policy, policy diffusion and computational social science. She specializes in data science, randomized experiments, cost-benefit analysis, program evaluation and econometrics. Her expertise includes education policy, political methodology and state politics. She teaches courses in the data science sequence.

Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Professor Johnson’s research studies how social service bureaucracies use a mix of data and discretion to decide who deserves help and focuses particularly on prioritization in K-12 schools. She examines how underfunded K-12 districts navigate legal mandates about categories of students to prioritize, fiscal realities and family advocacy. Her teaching includes courses in data science.

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 completing their degrees, 95% of 2022 graduates were employed or had secured job offers.

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5th Ranked in International Global Policy & Administration
10th Ranked in Public Policy Analysis
10th Ranked in Best Public Affairs Schools

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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.

A Testimonial

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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.”

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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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