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

MS in Data Analytics and Policy Program Overview

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

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.

The degree benefits career-switchers who are new to data analytics, as well as those seeking to level up their analytics skillset. Our faculty design the program to be accessible to students entering without an extensive mathematical, statistical, or computing background. Students take core classes covering foundational skills for policy-related data science, including statistics, research design, and programming for data analysis. Beyond the core, students select from a range of courses on policymaking, politics, and data science methods. With this skillset, graduates from the Data Analytics and Policy program may find themselves working in government agencies at the local, state, and federal level, with think tanks or non-profit organizations, or in private sector firms adjacent to politics and policy.

Examples of core and elective courses include:

  • Data Visualization
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Machine Learning Methods and Applications
  • Policy, Technology and Innovation
  • Expertise and Evidence in Policymaking

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 to Pursue an MS in Data Analytics and Policy

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.

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.

Prime Location to Learn and Work

Washington, D.C. 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.

Center for Data Analytics, Policy, and Government

Our mission, to provide a strong foundation of knowledge upon which innovative policy programs and promising leaders can develop, informs all of The Center’s initiatives. The Center encompasses several degrees and certificate programs designed to enhance understanding of the processes of government and global security.

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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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