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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, STEM, and governance skills.

This program is a designated STEM-eligible program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

MS-DSPP students with F-1 visas may apply to work in the United States for two additional years,
beyond the standard 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT), following graduation—36 mos. total.

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Deepen your Impact

The MS-DSPP combines the historic strengths of McCourt’s public policy analysis curriculum with cutting-edge data science.

A Testimonial

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Combine the location with McCourt’s unique approach to data science within a social science context, and McCourt seemed like the obvious place for me to pursue graduate study.

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Program Director’s Message

It’s not a secret: careers in data science are exploding. Careers in data science to improve public policy decision making in the public and nonprofit sectors are in high demand as well.

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

4th Ranked in International Policy and Administration
11th Ranked in Public Policy Analysis
12th Ranked in Best Public Affairs Schools
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Internship and Employment Outcomes

Our innovative, blended curriculum allows graduates to be highly valuable across sectors in the US and around the globe.

Upcoming Events

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The McCourt Community

The McCourt School of Public Policy is a diverse community of problem solvers, committed to moving bold ideas to action.

Meet our Students

Whether it’s a student run event, an event put on by the Baker Center or GUPolitics, or even McCourt professors, there is always an opportunity to learn from someone who is actually out in the weeds of policy implementation.

It’s incredibly rewarding to see how students from varying backgrounds will analyze and solve policy issues.

The best part of my experience has been getting to know other students and learn about what brought them here.

McCourt School News

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Massive Data Institute researchers conducted more than 40 stakeholder interviews with state education agencies, U.S. Department of Education officials, postsecondary institutional staff and edtech providers to investigate their interest in…

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Learn how a group of McCourt School of Public Policy students designed new algorithms for the city’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) to improve the city’s housing inspection…

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How To Apply

Graduate school is a significant investment of your time and resources. Learn more about how to apply to the McCourt School.