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Data Analysis in the Social Sciences – Advanced Certificate

What is Data Analysis in the Social Sciences (DASS)?

Data analysis skills have become a critical component of Social Sciences research and are sought after in the private sector. Social sciences disciplines have seen new data analysis techniques emerge over the last 10 years, both in terms of the range of relevant statistical models and the range of data made available for hypothesis testing. Many of these techniques are necessary for the next generation of social scientists.

Are you a social​ ​scientist​ ​with​ ​intellectual​ ​drive​ ​and curiosity,​ ​who​ ​wants​ ​to​ ​think​ ​more​ ​critically​ ​about​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of​ ​data​ ​in your​ ​field? ​This​ ​program​ ​lets​ ​students​ ​apply​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​methodologies​ ​to​ ​a discipline​ ​of​ ​their​ ​choice. If you are an Interdisciplinary​ ​student​ ​who wants​ ​to​ ​add​ ​even more​ ​value​ ​to​ ​your​ social​ ​sciences training in the digital age, this program is for you.

Program Overview

An advanced certificate consisting of 18 graduate credit hours that can be used toward the pending MS in Data Analysis in the Social Sciences. The curriculum consists of three statistics courses, one computational techniques course, and two methods courses in a social science of the student’s choice. See course offerings for more details.

Admissions Requirements

  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA in social science area courses
  • BA/BS in any discipline
  • 79 TOEFL (International students only)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • A writing sample
  • Statement of educational and career goals

Any student already enrolled in a graduate program at the University at Buffalo may be granted admission to the Advanced Certificate upon completing the online application. Students not enrolled at the University at Buffalo will be able to pursue the Advanced Certificate on a standalone basis.

Start your application to move forward with the process.


Amy Saleh, Graduate Enrollment Coordinator
College of Arts and Sciences
810 Clemens Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260
(716) 645-2711