The Data Analytics and Computational Social Science (DACSS) program offers two types of graduate certificates designed for working professionals, recent undergraduates, and current graduate students who want to build a solid foundation in conducting statistical analysis using R and develop their ability to confidently understand and apply a range of social science research methods.


The 3-course basic certificate, is intended to develop a foundational understanding of data analytics and computational social sciences. The 5-course advanced certificate extends the basic certificate by providing students with additional training in one or two additional social science methods, such as text analysis, network analysis, survey design and analysis, or machine learning.

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Registration is administered through UMass Amherst University Without Walls Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $600
Registration Fee per semester $60



The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


Anyone may pursue either of the DACSS certificates by enrolling as a non-degree graduate student through UMass University Without Walls. These certificate programs are designed as transitional certificates that are compatible with requirements for the master’s degree. Online certificate recipients who are accepted into the full M.S. degree program through the normal application process will be able to apply all certificate courses towards
completion of the full 30-credit master's degree.

If you intend to pursue the Certificate in Data Analytics and Computational Social Science, please let us know. While you are not required to inform us in advance of your intention to complete the certificate program, it will help us stay in touch with you to let you know about possible internship or career opportunities, changes to course availability, and events online and on-campus that may be of interest.