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Be on the forefront of a new field that combines policy, management and data science. With the skills gained from this program, you'll be prepared to make decisions using data-driven approaches and forecasting to lead social impact initiatives in the public and private sector.
The MS in program evaluation and data analytics is a professional degree program that emphasizes skills needed to leverage data to improve organizational performance in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. It combines courses in program evaluation with data science classes that empower students to utilize a diverse array of tools to generate insights on social impact and leverage data in organizations.
Students receive training in data programming, visualization, dashboard design, open data, project management and impact analysis. Through this, students build the technical skills necessary to implement evidence-based approaches to policy and management.
Unlike other data scientist degrees, this program is built using public sector and nonprofit examples. Students do not need a background in computer programming before starting the degree. Through a project-based curriculum and individualized attention, students develop expertise in performance and evaluation frameworks.
Graduates are prepared to work as policy analysts, managers, chief data officers or evaluation specialists.
The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a minimum of a bachelor's or master's degree in criminology and criminal justice, social work, public service, nonprofit management, parks and recreation management, tourism management, business, education, family studies, public health, psychology, or a related social and applied sciences field from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit:
Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.
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