Get Skilled in the Latest Techniques of Computational Research

Our two-year MA in Computational Social Science will give you the ability to apply cutting edge technologies and statistical techniques to data sets that are orders of magnitude larger than one normally encounters as a social science investigator.

Our structured curriculum will develop the tools and applications necessary to make important contributions across the social sciences. Depending on your field, that could mean problems of memory formation; environmental neuroscience; knowledge networks; income, asset, and consumption dynamics; intergenerational wealth transmission; taxation and housing speculation; changing historical patterns in the distribution of material and cultural objects; or the conditions under which social movements succeed or fail.

Our academic mentorship, beginning with an advanced doctoral student “preceptor,” and continuing through every level of our faculty and staff, will assure that you are maximally competitive for professional employment or for PhD study.

Our second-year thesis will have you working with a member of the UChicago faculty to write your own original research paper. 

Our MA students attend our weekly Computation Workshop, where advanced scholars and invited guests present drafts of their research for critique and discussion.

Our Career Service team provides biweekly, structured programming throughout the academic year, with workshops on how best to prepare for employment in different industries, invited talks from alumni mentors, on-campus career fairs for different employers, assistance in securing a paid internship between your first and second year, and individualized support for your professional placement after you graduate.

The Computational Social Science program is listed as a STEM designated degree by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the purposes of the STEM OPT extension allowing eligible students to apply. Learn more here.

We invite you to contact our office, and discover what a degree in Computational Social Science can do.