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College of Social Sciences & Humanities

Applied Quantitative Methods and Social Analysis

Master’s Degree

The Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Methods and Social Analysis is an interdisciplinary, flexible, and innovative degree focusing on quantitative research methods for social analysis strategies and techniques. The program educates social scientists and analysts in the use of computational tools to address questions of equity, hierarchy, social organization, and social systems in the field of social science.

Location

Arlington, VA

Commitment

Full-Time/Part-Time

Duration

12 – 16 Months

f-1 visa ELIGIBLE

Yes

Type

Hybrid/Classroom

Program Overview


The Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Methods and Social Analysis is an interdisciplinary, flexible, and innovative degree focusing on quantitative research methods for social analysis strategies and techniques. The program educates social scientists and analysts in the use of computational tools to address questions of equity, hierarchy, social organization, and social systems in the field of social science. Students in this degree program will gain advanced training in statistical analysis and research methodology, including: data analytics in the social sciences; computational social science; network analysis in the social sciences; statistical methods in the social sciences; information ethics; geospatial analysis; and the digital humanities. Students will also have the opportunity to incorporate a range of graduate certificate programs into the master’s degree. This knowledge, coupled with various co-op opportunities, will position students to enter the labor force with a competitive advantage.

In Arlington, a hub of technical innovation, security, defense, and policy, we partner with the public and private sectors, the nonprofit community, think tanks, trade associations, and NGOs to prepare learners for leadership in job roles of the future. 

Unique Features
  • Length of program: Engage in a one-year program or include an optional co-op and earn your degree in 16 months.
  • Flexible: Choose one of five concentrations to gain an in-depth knowledge of a specialized methodological and analytical technique for social analysis.
  • Co-op: Gain professional experience and an integrated experiential learning opportunity through Northeastern’s top-ranked co-op program.
Program Objectives

The program educates social scientists and analysts in the use of computational tools to address questions of equity, hierarchy, social organization, and social systems in the field of social science. The 21st century economy will increasingly demand a workforce capable of collecting, processing, analyzing, and interpreting large-scale data on human attributes, personal preferences, social attributes, and political behavior. In response, this program provides students with rigorous training in quantitative research and social science methods to address important questions of social inquiry. Emphasizing public dissemination of findings, the program prepares students to inform decision-makers in the private and public sectors, and the broader community. These skills prepare graduates to pursue analytical or research careers in corporations, nonprofits, and public services, or to continue their education.

Students will be able to:

  • Define social problems and operationalize measures and research design.
  • Articulate the concepts and theories of quantitative analysis for social inquiry.
  • Utilize a variety of data to analyze the causes and consequences of social problems.
  • Apply quantitative techniques in the social sciences to contemporary social, economic, political, cultural, and ethical problems in society.
  • Communicate the results of research to broader audiences, including the scientific community and the public.
Career Outlook

Graduates of the Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Methods and Social Analysis will be qualified to pursue a wide range of analytical, social science, and academic careers. With projected growth over the next decade, graduates will be well-positioned to pursue careers as statisticians, data scientists, social scientists, survey researchers, and other mathematical science occupations.

About the Campus

Northeastern aligns education and research with global and regional needs. In Arlington—a hub of technical innovation, security, defense, and policy—we partner with government, industry, and nonprofits to prepare learners for leadership in jobs of the future.

We’re centrally located in the heart of the National Capital Region in Rosslyn, one of Arlington County’s most vibrant neighborhoods at 17th Street North in the Arlington Tower. Our campus features state-of-the-art flexible learning spaces and areas to collaborate, study, network with peers or employers, and host or attend community events. Additionally, the building also includes a rooftop gathering space with stunning views of Arlington, VA, and Washington, DC. The campus is also home to the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security.

Why Study in Arlington?
  • More than 9,000 Northeastern alumni and family live and work in the National Capital Region.
  • Students benefit from the small-campus setting: smaller class sizes, direct access to professors, and strong connections with their cohort.
  • Programs are structured to build internship placements (co-ops) into your course of study, along with other integrated industry-focused coursework to build a strong professional portfolio.
  • Located in the Arlington Tower, our brand-new facility has a modern and open design with ample student space for classes, socializing, and studying. 

Tuition and Aid

Domestic

$22.3K

International

$22.3K

This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2024–2025 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time. Find detailed information on tuition and fees from Student Financial Services.

Finance Your Education

We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships. Learn more here.

Curriculum

For 100+ years, we’ve designed our programs with one thing in mind—your success. Explore the current program requirements and course descriptions, all designed to meet today’s industry needs and must-have skills. 

Experiential Learning

Northeastern combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and research to prepare students for real-world engineering challenges. The cooperative education program, also known as co-op, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a co-op program for graduate students. Through this program, students gain up to eight months of professional experience employed in their field of interest as part of the academic curriculum, giving them a competitive edge upon graduation.

The College of Engineering has more than 2,000 co-op employer partners globally. Our dedicated team of co-op coordinators prepare students for the co-op experience through resumé building, developing interview skills, and guiding professional development.

Admission Dates

Applicants must submit the online application and all required admission materials no later than the stated deadlines to be considered for admission. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Fall

Final deadline for international applicants:June 15
Final deadline for domestic applicants (non-international):August 15
Deadline for special student applicants (non-international only):August 15

Spring

Final deadline for international applicants:October 1
Final deadline for domestic applicants (non-international):December 15
Final deadline for Special Student applicants (non-international only):December 15

Additional information for international applicants can be found at the Office of Global Services (OGS). OGS is an active resource to over 20,000 international students and scholars from 147 different nations across the world. They provide the professional expertise and support you need to maintain compliance through immigration, academic, and your employment experiences—helping you remain a valuable member of the Northeastern community.

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