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Get to the Human Side of Data
Dig into the dynamics of people, organizations, and communities with the Social Science Analytics specialization of Utica College’s Master of Science in Data Science.
Work alongside a faculty of data science practitioners with decades of experience and benefit from a 100-percent online program that fits your personal and professional life.
Unique among online data science graduate programs, this specialization is for those interested in macroscopic theories and practices of where we live and work. This emphasis on social data encourages you to understand the impact of your analyses in an organizational and societal context.
You will complete this specialization ready to apply your data science learning to work with people and communities. Using human-centered data analysis, you’ll make a significant impact on how businesses, government agencies, health care organizations, and educational institutions approach strategy and policymaking.
CAREER SPOTLIGHT: HEALTH CARE ANALYST
As a health care analyst, you’d analyze how effectively health care organizations — such as hospitals and nursing homes — are serving patients and other communities. You’d then share your findings through detailed reports and presentations. Experienced analysts in this field have an average annual income of $78,148.1
CAREER SPOTLIGHT: URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNER
As an urban and regional planner, you’d focus on improving how a community uses its public land, factoring in public transit, infrastructure, and environmental reclamation, as well as stoplights, bike lanes, sidewalks, traffic flow, and more. Experienced planners in this field earn an average annual income of $66,863.2
Other titles you may qualify for:
- Non-profit or Governmental Manager
- Market Research Analyst
- Data Scientist
- Consumer Researcher
- Survey Researcher
Curriculum: Find the Source of Social Change
The Social Science Analytics specialization features four, three-credit courses that build on each other to give you a full set of skills in social and data science. Develop effective surveys, create A/B tests to determine public preferences, and analyze trends and geography to ensure your organization’s policies and strategies serve the public good. This specialization helps Utica’s M.S. in Data Science degree stand out as a Top 30 Affordable Online Master’s in Data Science Program for 2021.
Course Spotlight: SOC 563 – Complex Organizations
Study how large, complicated, modern organizations make decisions, including those in government, the military, business, health care, and education, in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.Explore Courses
Course Spotlight: ECN 575 – Behavioral Economics
Explore how people make purchasing decisions. You’ll apply theories from psychology, sociology, and other social sciences to strategize around a wide range of problems.
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The online program is designed for professionals who work full-time and is offered part-time, which allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school, and personal responsibilities and gives you the opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.
Yes, the M.S. in Data Science offers specializations in Social Science Analytics, Cybersecurity, Business Analytics, or Financial Crime. You can also design your own specialization and put the data to work in the field of your choice. You can review courses now.
To complete the M.S. in Data Science, you can choose a specialization in Social Science, Cybersecurity, Business Analytics, or Financial Crime. You can also choose to create your own specialization with courses tailored to your ideal career path. You can review courses now.
There are many applications for an M.S. in Data Science across the business, nonprofit, and governmental sectors. You can pursue a career as an operations research analyst, cybersecurity analyst, market research analyst, public health analyst, computer and information research scientist, chief data officer, and more. Explore potential career paths here.
- Payscale (n.d.). Experienced Health Care Analyst Salary. Retrieved on June 17, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Health_Care_Analyst/Salary/d92349a1/Experienced
- Payscale (n.d.). Experienced Urban and Regional Planner Salary. Retrieved on June 17, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Urban_and_Regional_Planner/Salary/489336fa/Experienced