Expand your professional horizons with a degree that combines the strengths of two top-ranked schools in public policy and engineering.
Informatics and big data are increasingly essential to policy development throughout the public and private sectors. Knowledge of both can lead to ever-expanding career opportunities. Bolster your decision-making role in government agencies and the corporate realm with the USC Price School of Public Policy and USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Master of Science in Public Policy Data Science.
The program builds unique, in-demand proficiencies and the necessary expertise for leveraging big data and analytics to:
The MS in Public Policy Data Science prepares you for success in:
In addition to core courses that bridge informatics and public policy, the program offers electives enabling you to focus on your professional interests. It also offers paths for students with and without prior training in computer science.
Sample courses include:
The program culminates with a capstone project in which you work with a real-world client, producing a consultant’s report that not only addresses a compelling challenge, but also demonstrates your abilities for prospective employers in this burgeoning job market. Options include a big data project for local governance, security, and smart cities and sustainable transportation.
The effective use of informatics holds the potential to revolutionize how public policy is created. In Southern California alone, nearly every governmental agency now has a dedicated big data and/or innovation unit, while several leading technology companies, including IBM and Google, have created specialized divisions and products aimed at leveraging these tools in the public policy realm. Understanding and knowing how to use effectively informatics is crucial for work in nongovernmental organizations and nonprofits as well.
The vast range of applications includes:
Potential for distinguished academic and professional achievement is the principal criterion for admission. In general, successful applicants will have at least a B average in undergraduate study with strong grades in math and analytical courses, and high quantitative scores on the GRE.
For questions about admission or for more information, please contact:
Marisol Rios, USC Price Director of Recruitment and Admission, at [email protected] or
Camillia Lee, USC Viterbi Assistant Dean For Graduate & Professional Programs, at [email protected]
Students must be admitted by both the Price School of Public Policy and the Viterbi School of Engineering; only one application is required.
A minimum of 36 units is required for the MS in Public Policy Data Science, and you must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 for graduation.
“Data analysis is an important part of the policy making process, but it’s also critical to understand how your analysis fits into the larger narrative. In earning the MS in Data Science from USC, students are sharpening their analytical skills while learning how to leverage their tools to shape the conversation surrounding public policy.”David Horn, MPP ’16
Student Affairs Analyst, University of Southern California
“Data and data science are revolutionizing policy. and policy making. The dissemination of information which was once difficult to obtain in transforming how citizens, organizations, and nations make critical decisions. The nexus of policy and information stands as a new frontier. Governments find the combination of low-cost computing power and vast numbers of wide ranging applications of data analytics encourage new and powerful insights to be generated.Brandon F. De Bruhl, MPP ’15
The USC Price program offers the perfect balance of management science, policy analysis, and data science to empower students to become future leaders in the government, non-profit, and non-governmental sectors. I faced the challenging task of finding a graduate program that conjoined robust policy analysis and data science among the many schools which offer a joint master’s program in data science and public policy. Faced with this choice today, the USC Price Master of Science in Public Policy Data Science would be at the top of any list.”
USC Price Alumni and Policy Professional, Washington, D.C.
Former Google Policy Fellow