Paying for Your Degree
The MS in DACSS provides you with affordable, high-quality options for developing in-demand social data science skills.
Estimated Tuition for Certificates
The estimated total tuition of the online certificate program is $7,020, and the online advanced certificate program ranges is $11,700.
Certificate: ($780 per credit) x (3 credits per course) x (3 courses) = $7,020
Advanced Certificate: ($780 per credit) x (3 credits per course) x (5 courses) = $11,700
Additional Fees: There is a $60 registration fee per semester, plus the cost of books and materials.
Please note that UWW per credit rates are subject to change over time.
Estimated Tuition for the On-Campus MS in DACSS
The tuition estimates below are for the On-Campus MS in DACSS program, for a 9-credit semester, using estimates based on the 2023-24 Graduate Tuition and Fees.
On-Campus MS in DACSS Tuition and Fees for In-State Students (per 9-credit semester): $8,502
On-Campus MS in DACSS Tuition and Fees for Out-of-State Students (per 9-credit semester): $17,358
Estimated Tuition for the Online MS in DACSS
The tuition estimate for the Online MS in DACSS is estimated based on DACSS UWW course rates and is subject to change over time. Non-DACSS UWW course rates may vary.
Online MS in DACSS: ($780 per credit) x (3 credits per course) x (10 courses) = $23,400
MS in DACSS (in-person) students who are seeking financial assistance can consult the Graduate School for further information, while Online MS in DACSS students can consult with the University Without Walls 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.
Students enrolled in the DACSS 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, VA Education Benefits may be available for eligible students. Please contact vetbenefits [at] umass [dot] edu (vetbenefits[at]umass[dot]edu) or call 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 program. See the Public Service Loan Forgiveness section of the federal student aid website.