Master of Science in Data Analytics and Policy

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Apply Innovative Analytics to Accelerate Beyond Policy Challenges

Analytics and big data are reshaping organizations in every industry, including those involved in formulating policies. As a result, employers are seeking experts who can perform sophisticated analyses, draw meaningful conclusions, and present actionable findings to leaders and policymakers. Now, you can prepare to apply analytics to critical policy areas with the MS in Data Analytics and Policy program from Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Programs division.

Prepare to use analytics to tackle policy challenges in a range of industries, including education, health care, security, the environment, and criminal justice. Gain expertise in analytical methods to develop as a leader in data-driven processes for creating policies and making decisions.

With this program, you can:

  • Choose from four concentrations to achieve your career goals — statistical analysis, geospatial analysis, public management, and political behavior and policy analysis.
  • Prepare for leadership roles in research analysis, technical writing, budget analysis, social science, and other fields.
  • Graduate with expertise in leading-edge analytical methods relied upon by government agencies, research institutes, private companies, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Develop data-driven leadership skills through an examination of using analytics to solve substantive issues.

Fast Facts

Experience online instruction with the option to complete select electives at our campus in Washington, D.C.


Select the concentration that puts your career goals within reach:


This master’s degree program consists of 12 courses that instill skills in statistics, programming, data visualization, and communication. Upon graduation, you will be ready to:

  • Data Visualization
  • Capstone for Data Analytics and Policy
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Programming and Data Management
  • Quantitative Methods

Sample courses include:

  • Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
  • Financial Management and Analysis in Nonprofits
  • Health Care Analytics and Policy
  • Machine Learning and Neural Networks
  • Spatial Databases and Data Interoperability

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the MS in Data Analytics and Policy program are employed in a variety of in-demand jobs. In these roles, they inform policymaking and serve as data-driven decision-makers in government agencies, private companies, and nonprofit organizations.

Professionals using this degree’s knowledge hold positions such as:

  • Director of research
  • Project manager
  • Policy analyst
  • Social scientist
  • Program analyst
  • Performance analyst

Earn a degree in data analytics and policy to thrive in organizations that use data to improve decision-making. Additionally, you can access Johns Hopkins University AAP Career Services for assistance with your job search.

Post-Bachelor’s Certificates

Pursue an optional certificate to enhance your education and accelerate your career.

Earn this graduate certificate online to acquire foundational skills in statistical analysis. You will also develop expertise in specialty areas that include advanced statistics, geospatial analysis, political behavior, public policy analysis, and public management.

This online program provides a deep understanding of the ways that the United States practices intelligence. Explore challenges that limit intelligence organizations in the U.S., such as practical, legal, ethical, and theoretical factors, along with important debates around this issue. By pursuing this certificate, you will take part in an education that is shaped by scholars and practitioners with many years of experience in the field.

State-Specific Information for Online Programs

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