FAQ

Who should I contact with questions?

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Bachner.

How do I apply?

Visit our online application to apply.

What is the deadline for admission?

We have rolling admissions for the program, so there is no official deadline or standard timeframe for the admissions process. We recommend submitting your materials approximately two months before the start of the semester in which you would like to begin studying.

Do I need to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination)?

No, the GRE is not required for admission to this program.

How do I know if my math knowledge is sufficient to begin the program?

The coursework in the program assumes you were successful in the math courses you were required to complete in high school and college. The program’s introductory course, 470.681 Statistics and Political Analysis, covers the fundamentals of statistics and computer programming. Subsequent courses build upon this introductory course. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the program director to determine if the program is a good fit for you.

What hardware and system requirements are necessary?

To be enrolled in the program, students need internet connectivity to access course materials and to communicate with the instructors and other students.

The core courses require students to use R and Stata. Consult the websites for these software programs to learn more about the optimal hardware requirements. Most new computers are well-suited for the Government Analytics program.

Students should keep in mind that some courses have more specific hardware/software requirements.

470.673 Data Visualization requires students to bring a laptop to onsite class meetings.

The GIS courses use software run on Windows OS (or a Mac that can simulate Windows). See here for more information about the GIS hardware/software requirements.

470.694 Big Data Management Systems has the following technology requirements:

  • A 64-bit computer with a chip that supports virtualization (set via BIOS)
  • Windows Operating System 7, 8, or 10
  • At least 8 Gb of Physical RAM
  • Oracle VirtualBox version 4.2 (free)

What kinds of software are used in the Government Analytics programs?

Our courses use a variety of software programs. The core courses use R and Stata. The elective courses use SPSS Modeler, Adobe Illustrator, ArcGIS, MTurk, RStudio and Python (among others).

Can I switch from the Certificate in Government Analytics in MS in Government Analytics program?

Yes, this is possible if you are in good academic standing. If your request to switch is approved, the courses you completed for the certificate will transfer to the MS program. To request this switch, complete the Change of Program application form. Submit the form and supporting materials to the registration office.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.