The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Paying for Your Degree

Regardless of whether you choose to pursue your degree in-person at the UMass Amherst campus or online through UWW, M.S. DACSS provides you with affordable, high-quality options for developing in-demand social data science skills.

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Estimated Tuition for M.S. (UMass Amherst)

The estimated tuition for the M.S. at UMass Amherst (in-person) is based on 2021-2022 tuition rates. Tuition is set by the Board of Trustees and is subject to change each year. Estimates assume degree completion on the accelerated 10-month cycle, and total costs will be slightly higher for students who complete the degree on either an 18-month or 2-year full-time schedule.


Total Tuition and Fees

In-State Students


Total Tuition and Fees

Out-of-State Students

2021-2022 Cost: $22,700


2021-2022 Cost: $46,978


Estimated Tuition for M.S. (Online)

These tuition estimates are estimated based on Fall 2021 DACSS UWW course tuition rates. Tuition for all DACSS courses offered through UWW is subject to change each year. Detailed estimates are provided for students who complete the M.S. on a full-time (1 year or 3 terms) schedule as well as a range of possible part-time schedules.

Tuition estimates include the cost of enrolling in the optional Professional Development Seminar in all terms in which the student takes courses. All students who choose to enroll in the Professional Development seminar will also have regular access to faculty and career advising and DACSS-sponsored virtual and multi-modal events during the term(s) in which they are enrolled.

Total Tuition and Fees

Courses Only


Total Tuition and Fees

Career Advising & Events

Estimated Cost: $18,957


Estimated Cost: $22,557


Financial Aid

In-person M.S. students who are seeking financial assistance can consult the Graduate School for further information, while online M.S. students can consult with the UWW Financial Aid Office and consider applying for scholarships if eligible. All students seeking financial assistance are encouraged to start by submitting a FAFSA. Any student who enrolls in at least 6 credit hours worth of coursework is eligible for federal financial aid during that time.

We will work with any admitted student with Work-Study eligibility to find an appropriate work placement in our office or with a DACSS faculty member. Please reach out as soon as you find out that you have an award.

Students enrolled in the Data Analytics and Computational Social Science program are not eligible for tuition and fee waivers, including official Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant positions on campus. Scholarships are not regularly offered by DACSS, but exceptional students with special hardships and demonstrated financial need may submit a request for consideration.  However, it is HIGHLY unlikely for the program to offer direct financial assistance to admitted students. Submitting a special financial request will not adversely affect chances of admission.

State employees are eligible for discounted tuition, currently set at 50% of the cost of online courses. Additionally, funding is available for military personnel through the GI Bill. You can also contact or 413-545-5792 for more information.

Prospective students who are currently employed are encouraged to investigate whether or not their current employer offers full or partial tuition support through a tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement plan.

Also note that if after graduation you go on to work for a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.  See the Public Service Loan Forgiveness section of the federal student aid website.