Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences MA

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For the last 20 years, the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) MA program at Columbia University has been training graduate students to use sophisticated statistical techniques to thrive in an increasingly data-rich world. QMSS counts hundreds of data scientists, senior analysts and Ph.D.s among its alumni, working at top institutions like Google, Facebook, McKinsey Consulting, American Express, the Federal Reserve Bank, the United Nations, NYU, Princeton, Berkeley, and Duke.  

Academic Resources:  QMSS continues to be a vanguard of the ever-changing field of data science. Our ever-updating and expanding our curriculum reflects the latest methodological innovations. Courses added just within the last two years include Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Modern Data Structures, Applied Data Science. Other popular offerings include Data Visualization, Data Mining, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Bayesian Statistics, and Time Series, Panel Data and Forecasting.  QMSS also offers access to renowned faculty through our unique relationships with the various departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, as well as with Columbia's many professional schools.      

Programs of Study:  In addition to our Flexible Focus, which offers the most flexibility for course selection, QMSS has developed Data ScienceEconomics, and Experiments focuses to help students fine-tune their curriculum. These tracks provide structured plans of study in specific areas of interest.  We also offer the option of doing the program on a full-time or part-time basis.

Research Assistantship Program:  QMSS matches many of our students with Columbia faculty as RAs. Approximately a quarter of our students are currently working with faculty as RAs to produce original, cutting-edge research.  

QMSS Student/Alumni Engagement:  QMSS is one of the oldest MA programs of its kind and therefore is proud to have produced hundreds of alumni who have gone on to have a large impact in a wide array of professions.  Current students lead an on-campus organization that allows QMSS to actively engage current and former students in programs and academic discussions around innovative techniques for data analysis.

The application deadline for Fall 2020 admission to QMSS is February 14th.  Apply HERE


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  • Created By: Kayleigh Haskin
  • Created: 01/24/2020
  • Modified By: Kayleigh Haskin
  • Modified: 01/24/2020


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