MS in Data Science – Social Science Analytics Specialization

Program Overview

Better understand communities with Big Data.

Dig into the dynamics of people, organizations, and communities with the Social Science Analytics specialization of Utica College's Master of Science in Data Science.

Work alongside a faculty of data science practitioners with decades of experience and benefit from a 100-percent online program that fits your personal and professional life.

Dig into the dynamics of people, organizations, and communities with the Social Science Analytics specialization of Utica College's Master of Science in Data Science.

Work alongside a faculty of data science practitioners with decades of experience and benefit from a 100-percent online program that fits your personal and professional life.

Get to the Human Side of Data

Unique among online data science graduate programs, this specialization is for those interested in macroscopic theories and practices of where we live and work. This emphasis on social data encourages you to understand the impact of your analyses in an organizational and societal context.

 
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          Career Outlook

          You will complete this specialization ready to apply your data science learning to work with people and communities. Using human-centered data analysis, you'll make a significant impact on how businesses, government agencies, health care organizations, and educational institutions approach strategy and policymaking.

          Career Spotlight: Health Care Analyst

          As a health care analyst, you'd analyze how effectively health care organizations — such as hospitals and nursing homes — are serving patients and other communities. You'd then share your findings through detailed reports and presentations. Experienced analysts in this field have an average annual income of $78,148.1

          Career Spotlight: Urban and Regional Planner

          As an urban and regional planner, you'd focus on improving how a community uses its public land, factoring in public transit, infrastructure, and environmental reclamation, as well as stoplights, bike lanes, sidewalks, traffic flow, and more. Experienced planners in this field earn an average annual income of $66,863.2

          Other titles you may qualify for:

          • Non-profit or Governmental Manager
          • Market Research Analyst
          • Data Scientist
          • Consumer Researcher
          • Survey Researcher

          JOBS AND INCOME

          Curriculum: Find the Source of Social Change

          The Social Science Analytics specialization features four, three-credit courses that build on each other to give you a full set of skills in social and data science. Develop effective surveys, create A/B tests to determine public preferences, and analyze trends and geography to ensure your organization's policies and strategies serve the public good.

          Course Spotlight: SOC 563 – Complex Organizations

          Study how large, complicated, modern organizations make decisions, including those in government, the military, business, health care, and education, in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Course Spotlight: ECN 575 – Behavioral Economics

          Explore how people make purchasing decisions. You'll apply theories from psychology, sociology, and other social sciences to strategize around a wide range of problems.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          You can finish in less than two years by taking one course every eight weeks. In that time, you'll complete 30 total credits: 18 credits of core data analytics and research methods coursework and 12 credits in your chosen specialization and a capstone or thesis project.

          Utica College's online M.S. in Data Science puts a special emphasis on social data. With a deeper understanding of people's preferences and behaviors, you'll be prepared to give a human face to data and improve public policy, marketing strategy, or operational outcomes in any sector.

          Plus, with specializations available in Business Analysis, Social Science, Financial Crime, and Cybersecurity, you'll graduate ready to dive deep into the area of your choice.

          In 2018, Glassdoor ranked Data Scientist the #1 Job in America for salary, opportunity growth, and job satisfaction.

          High-paying jobs are available in corporate, governmental, or nonprofit organizations with a median entry-level salary of more than $92,500 in 2018, according to Burtch Works.

          See our M.S. in Data Science Career Outlook page for detailed information about the career paths, jobs, and salaries that may be available to you after graduation.

          No. While previous experience may provide valuable context to your studies, work history in the field is not required for admittance to the program.

          See our full list of admissions requirements for the M.S. in Data Science program.

          The Master of Science in Data Science program is a 30-credit-hour program at a cost of $830 per credit hour, for a total estimated tuition cost of $24,900.

          For a detailed list of all related expenses and fees, see the M.S. in Data Science Tuition and Fees page.

          In order to complete the M.S. in Data Science program, you'll be required to complete 30 credit hours, which will include a foundational set of courses as well as your chosen specialization and a capstone or thesis project.

          See the full M.S. in Data Science curriculum for detailed information.

          SOURCES:

          1Payscale (n.d.). Experienced Health Care Analyst Salary. Retrieved on June 17, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Health_Care_Analyst/Salary/d92349a1/Experienced
          2Payscale (n.d.). Experienced Urban and Regional Planner Salary. Retrieved on June 17, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Urban_and_Regional_Planner/Salary/489336fa/Experienced