The University of Massachusetts Amherst

DACSS Technical Courses

Faculty in departments across the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and other UMass colleges offer a wide range of advanced research methodology courses with a grounding in or application to the social sciences. Students enrolled in M.S. DACSS are required to take a minimum of three courses (nine credits) of advanced technical training in methods of data collection and analysis to ensure that all graduates have cutting edge training in multiple methods. At least one course from each of the following categories is available on-campus and through UWW each year, and course selection and availability will continue to grow in future years. 

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Network Analysis
  • Social and Political Network Analysis
  • Social Networks
  • Networks and Health
  • Neural Networks: A Modern Introduction

Survey Research

  • Survey Research Design and Analysis
  • Survey Experiments

Text and Content Analysis

  • Empirical Analysis of Political Ideologies
  • Content Analysis
  • Text as Data
  • Digital Behavioral Data
  • Introduction to Semantics
  • Introduction to Transformational Grammar

Data Communication and Visualization

  • Writing for Public Relations
  • Web Design for Journalists
  • Cartography and Geovisualization
  • WebGIS


  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Statistical Consulting
  • Statistical Computing
  • Computation and Statistics
  • Regression Modeling
  • Categorical Data Analysis
  • Linear Models
  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Experimental Politics
  • Experimental Economics

GIS & Spatial Analysis

  • Cartography and Geovisualization
  • Geocomputation
  • GIS Programming
  • Intro to GIS Systems/Planning
  • Python for ARC GIS

Formal Models

  • Modeling Emergence
  • Economic Game Theory and Strategic Interaction
  • Scenario Planning


  • Topics In Advanced Econometrics 
  • Panel Data Econometrics 
  • Labor Econometrics
  • Advanced Quantitative Analysis in Anthropology
  • Quantitative Methods in Planning​

Time Series

  • Time Series & Forecasting  
  • Time Series Econometrics

Interviews & Ethnography

  • Ethnographic Data Analysis
  • Ethnographic Methods I & II
  • Field Research and Mediated Interaction
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Queer Ethnographies