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MS in Data Science – Social Science Analytics Specialization

Better Understand Communities
with Big Data

Gain Data Science Expertise

Curriculum Focused on Social Change

100% Online Coursework

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  • Duration 2 years
  • Cost per Credit $830
  • Credit Hours 30

Program Benefits

  • No GRE or GMAT required
  • 100% online coursework
  • Unique focus on the dynamics of people, organizations, and communities

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.

Career Outlook

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.


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


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
Jobs and Income

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.

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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.

More Options for Your Degree

M.S. in Data Science: Cybersecurity

Learn state-of-the-art cybersecurity and computer forensic practices, and apply your data science knowledge and skills in unique ways. This specialization features courses from our NSA-designated cybersecurity master’s program.

M.S. in Data Science: Business Analytics

Build business theory and practice into your data analytics expertise. You’ll complete this specialization ready to manage risk, predict market and workforce developments, and understand demographic trends and census data.

M.S. in Data Science: Financial Crime

Enhance your ability to manage the corporate and advanced technological resources that combat economic crime. You’ll complete this specialization ready for positions in the compliance and fraud investigation fields.

Frequently Asked Questions

Advancing your life and career with an online master’s in data science degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven’t covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

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.

The first step toward applying to the M.S. in Data Science is to start your online application. Then, you’ll need to gather official transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and a résumé. Read more about admission to the M.S. in Data Science.

In addition to starting your online application, you’ll need to gather official transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and a résumé. Read more about admission to the M.S. in Data Science.

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.

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  1. Payscale (n.d.). Experienced Health Care Analyst Salary. Retrieved on June 17, 2019, from
  2. Payscale (n.d.). Experienced Urban and Regional Planner Salary. Retrieved on June 17, 2019, from