This cutting-edge program empowers students to tackle meaningful policy challenges using analytics. Students graduate with the expertise to be data-driven decisionmakers and policy leaders in both the public and private sector.

Degree Type:
Master of Science
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
12 courses
Time to Complete:
16 – 24 months

Program Overview

The Johns Hopkins online MS in Data Analytics and Policy prepares students to tackle meaningful policy challenges using cutting-edge analytics.

Prepare for an In-Demand Field

Expertise at the intersection of data analytics and policy is in high demand. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates several related positions will grow faster than the average occupation through 2028, including:

  • Operations analyst: 26% growth
  • Market research analyst: 20% growth
  • Management Analyst: 14% growth
  • Systems Analyst: 9% growth

Our graduates go on to work as analysts, project managers, and directors of research at federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as consulting firms, technology companies, startups, nonprofit advocacy organizations, and non-government organizations.

Gain Practical Skills & Expand Your Knowledge

Students graduate from the program with the ability to develop actionable insights from diverse sets of data, as well as the communication skills needed to share your knowledge with decision makers and the public. Examples of core and elective courses include:

  • Data Visualization
  • Programming and Data Management
  • Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
  • Data Science for Public Policy
  • Text as Data
  • Civic Technology and Smart Cities

Learn on Your Terms

This 100% online data analytics and policy program offers a flexible schedule with start dates in the fall, spring, or summer. Attend full- or part-time and complete your degree in about two years. If you’re in the D.C. area, you’ll also have the option to join us on campus for a few electives

Why Study Data Analytics and Policy at JHU

Top-Tier Faculty and Seasoned Practitioners

You will learn from faculty members who are top scholars and researchers in their field, as well as from practicing data scientists, risk management consultants, policy analysts, software developers, and other data and policy professionals.

Concentrations: Find Your Focus

Students may choose to pursue a concentration in one of four areas: public management, geospatial analysis, statistical analysis, or political behavior and policy analysis.

Prime Location to Learn and Work

Washington, DC is an ideal place for data and policy analysts. Every federal government agency, from the CIA to the EPA, is expanding its analytical capacity. Because AAP is based here, you’ll have access to a faculty with real-world experience at top agencies and policy organizations.

Complementary Credentials

Customize your data analytics and policy curriculum with the intelligence certificate and earn two credentials at once. In addition, this combination will help you to earn the credentials in less time than if pursued separately.

Powerful Alumni Network

Our Alumni Advisory Board is composed of alumni with notable accomplishments in diverse fields in the private and public sectors. This group serves as a resource for students and alumni seeking career advice and networking opportunities.

Take the Next Step

Develop expertise in analytical and critical thinking skills and prepare to help organizations make data-driven decisions that positively impact society.

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