Certificate in Computational Social Science

All graduate students in degree-granting programs at the University of Chicago can earn a Certificate in Computational Social Science that will appear on their transcript. To do so, they must complete our three-course core (Perspectives on Computational Analysis, Perspectives on Computational Modeling, Perspectives on Computational Research), an additional course in computer programming, and participate in our Computational Social Science Workshop on an occasional basis.

Those course requirements can be met in a single year or over several years of study.

A minimum average grade of “B” will be needed for the Certificate to be awarded, following a petition submitted to our Managing Director and approved by our MA program and by the Dean of Students for the Division of the Social Sciences. 

Students interested in the Certificate are strongly encouraged to take the Computational Math Camp, which runs for three weeks in early September. The topics to be reviewed include mathematical notation and functions, linear algebra, calculus, probability theory, statistical inference, and linear regression. Students are assumed to have encountered most of these topics previously, with the camp serving as a refresher.

For more information on the Certificate or the Computational Math Camp, please contact our Assistant Director, Benjamin Soltoff.