This Master of Science degree is composed of 5 Required Core Courses and 7 Elective Courses for at least 36 credits. Within the Required Core Courses is the culminating experience of a Capstone course. In addition, you can choose to pursue one of the four optional Areas of Concentration, including:

  • Statistical Analysis
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Political Behavior and Policy Analysis
  • Public Management

Core Courses - Required

Complete all 5 courses.

• Enroll in "Capstone for Data Analytics and Policy" during your final semester.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of statistical analysis as well as the R programming language and RStudio environment. Students will learn the building blocks of descriptive and causal inference, including summary statistics, survey sampling, measurement, hypothesis testing, linear regression and probability theory. Students will also learn how to create data visualizations in R, including times series plots, scatter plots and bar graphs. In addition, students will focus on interpreting statistical findings and presenting results in a compelling manner. By the end of the course, students will be able to conduct a statistical analysis to answer a meaningful policy question and will be prepared to take more advanced methods courses. Prerequisites: none

This course introduces students to the R programming language. The R language is one of the most popular tools used today for performing data analytics, statistics, machine learning, data visualization, and much more. By the end of this course, students will understand fundamental programming concepts that apply to all programming languages. These concepts include variables, functions, loops, data structures, and data types. The course will also cover the use of these tools to solve challenging data problems that students may encounter in their academic or professional careers. Note: The course overlaps a small amount with 470.681 Probability and Statistics, but this course focuses much more heavily on the fundamentals of programming. No prerequisite.

Solutions to policy challenges increasingly require an understanding of how to analyze, present, and interpret data.  Government agencies use data to evaluate programs and proposed policy initiatives.  Private companies use data to inform their strategic decision making.  Advocacy organizations use data to support their positions.  This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to perform a sophisticated data analysis.  You will learn how to design and test regression models using R/RStudio, an incredibly powerful and open-source statistical software package.  Specific topics covered in the course include measures of fit, logistic and probit regression, panel data, instruments, and translating statistical findings for broad audiences.  The focus of the course is on using statistics in an applied manner to address meaningful research questions. Prerequisite: 470.681 Probability and Statistics

This course instructs students in various visualization techniques and software, including R, Tableau, and vector graphics software (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape). Students will learn how to ask interesting questions about politics; identify data that can be used to answer those questions; collect, clean and document the data; explore and analyze the data with statistical and graphical techniques; and create compelling, informative and accurate visualizations and present these visualizations to educated audiences. Prerequisite: 470.681 Probability and Statistics

This course is for students who are completing their M.S. in Data Analytics and Policy (formerly M.S. in Government Analytics). The course guides through the process of developing and executing an original data analysis project aimed at addressing an issue related to public policy, politics or governance. Students will formulate an empirical research question and answer that question using a quantitative analysis that makes an original, scholarly contribution. To complete the project, students will use the skills, tools and knowledge they have acquired throughout the program. Students should take this course in their final term (or penultimate term with permission from their advisor).

Prerequisites: All other core courses

  • For M.S. in Data Analytics Students: 470.681 Probability and Statistics, 470.768 Programming and Data Management, 470.709 Quantitative Methods, 470.673 Data Visualization
  • For M.S. in Government Analytics Students: 470.681 Probability and Statistics, 470.709 Quantitative Methods, 470.710 Advanced Quantitative Methods, advanced methods course from approved list (see program website)
  • Elective Courses

    Select 7 electives from any of the courses listed within this degree’s concentrations, with a few noted exceptions. Also, with approval of your academic adviser, you may choose up to two electives from selected degree programs within Johns Hopkins’ Advanced Academic Programs division, including Government, Global Security Studies, Applied Economics, Communication, and Energy Policy and Climate.

    You may choose to pursue one of the four optional Areas of Concentration. To qualify, you must select at least 4 courses from within that Area of Concentration.


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

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