The University of Massachusetts Amherst

The data analytics and computational social science (DACSS) program offers two types of graduate certificates designed for working professionals, recent undergraduates, and current graduate students who want to build a solid foundation in conducting statistical analysis using R and develop their ability to confidently understand and apply a range of social science research methods.

Our online graduate certificates allow students to explore the field of data analytics and computational social science without committing to a complete master’s degree. Coursework will expose students to data management, research design, and quantitative analysis skills that serve as a foundation for more advanced technical courses offered in the DACSS master’s program.

The three-course basic certificate is intended to develop a foundational understanding of data analytics and computational social sciences. The five-course advanced certificate extends the basic certificate by providing students with training in one or two additional social science methods, such as text analysis, network analysis, survey design and analysis, or machine learning.