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Advanced Certificate: Data Analysis for the Social Sciences

The 18 credit advanced certificate offers students an introduction to the highly valued and marketable data analysis, manipulation and modeling techniques in the social sciences. This program is optimal for students interested in building marketable skills in data analysis, those who seek a rigorous introduction to graduate-level coursework or current graduate students in the social sciences.


To earn the advanced certificate, you must complete a course in the areas outlined below, for a total of 18 credits:

Semester 1: Fall Semester 2: Spring
Basic Statistics (3 credits) – choose one

COM508 – Quantitative Foundations of Communication

GEO505 –  Univariate Statistics in Geography

PSC508 – Basic Statistics for the Social Science

PSY607 – Advanced Statistical Methods I

SOC504 – Intro to Statistics for the Social Science

Intermediate Statistics for Social Sciences (3 credits) – choose one

PSC531- Intermediate Statistics for Social Science

PSY608 – Advanced Statistical Methods II

SOC 607 – Multiple Linear Regression

Computational text manipulation (3 credits) – choose one

LIN514 – Corpus Linguistics

PSC 534 – Text as Data

Advanced Statistics for Social Sciences (3 credits) – choose one

GEO509 – Multivariate Statistics in Geography

PSC631 – Advanced Statistics for Social Science

PSY609 – Multivariate Statistics

SOC608- Advanced Statistical Methods

Research methods I (3 credits) – choose one

APY541 – Anthropological Demographics

COM504 – Research Methods

GEO501 –  Research Design

PSC500 – Introduction to Political Inquiry

Research Methods II (3 credits) – choose one

APY733 – Analytical Methods in Archaeology

GEO577 – Environmental Statistics

GEO597- Geostatistics

PSC535: Experimental Design & Analysis

PSC731- Empirical Political Frontiers

Semester Total: 9 credits Semester Total: 9 credits



Note: If you are a current graduate student in a master’s or PhD program in the College of Arts and Sciences, please complete this form. You may be exempted from completing a full formal application. If you are a current graduate student at UB, but outside of the College, you may be granted admission to the advanced certificate upon completing the online application.

Admissions guidelines for the program are as follows:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA in social science courses taken
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • One (1) writing sample
  • Statement of educational and career goals
  • International students will need to provide proof of English proficiency via standardized test scores, as well as other supplemental materials

Domestic students not enrolled at UB are eligible to pursue the advanced certificate on a standalone basis; international students must be concurrently enrolled in a graduate program at UB to be eligible for admission to the certificate.

Ready to apply? Click here to start your application.