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Master of Arts in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research

In our master’s program you’ll learn how to conduct research, analyze large and messy datasets, and make the kinds of discoveries that lead to important decision making. Learning how to use the power of data will make you an invaluable asset for any forward-moving organization.

  • Learn to use statistics and research methodology to solve real-world problems
  • As a graduate, become highly sought-after for your skills in social research

Data are bigger, more complicated, and more readily available than ever before. Given data’s promise for yielding insight, knowing how to use data to ask and answer the right questions is a tremendously desirable skill. Our master’s degree will give you a competitive advantage in building a lifelong career in any field where data drive decisions.

Why pursue an M.A. in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research at Queens College?

  • Queens College has the fourth-largest sociology department in the nation, with 34 full-time faculty representing a diverse array of specializations
  • Our graduates are job market-ready, winning respected roles in government, business, politics, public opinion, non-profits, and market research
  • Choose from five tracks and concentrate in the area that interests you most: Data Science (“Big Data”), Market Research, Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Media and Marketing, and Applied Social Research
  • Take advantage of research assistantships, internships, and independent projects to hone your skills

The Master’s Program in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research, provides students with the educational foundation and technical skills necessary to prepare for a professional career in market research, program evaluation, media and public opinion research, public health research, institutional research and assessment, or other applied social research field.

The department’s full-time faculty members maintain a very active research agenda. Faculty members include nationally recognized scholars, senior marketing executives, and award-winning demographers with extensive networks. Faculty research areas are social stratification of urban areas; demography and public health; film and society; the impact of digital technology on society; workforce diversity; migration and immigration; ethnicity, race, class and gender; organizational and economic sociology; education; and Jewish culture in America. The facilities in the department include computer laboratories along with a new multimedia lab and full Internet connections to assist graduate students in their research.

Admissions at a Glance
Fall Deadline August 1
Spring Deadline December 1
Extended Deadline None
Letters of Reference 3
Essay 500 Words
PTE 68
Accepts Non-Matric Yes

Requirements for Matriculation

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.

  1. Undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher and a B+ or better in undergraduate statistics and research methods courses
  2. 3 letters of recommendation, transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, and a statement of purpose
  3. GRE is not required, but can be submitted in support of your application
  4. Sufficient work in sociology or related fields to pursue graduate work in sociology. Successful completion of undergraduate courses in social theory and statistics, or demonstration of competence by passing an examination in these subjects
  5. The department reserves the right to impose additional requirements upon any candidate for the degree who, in its opinion, enters with insufficient undergraduate work in sociology
  6. Personal interview with the Graduate Advisor whenever feasible

Requirements for Non-Matriculation

Students are to follow the college’s requirements for non-matriculation​.