Applied Statistics in Social Science Research (MS)

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MS Applied Statistics and Social Science Research
MS/MPA Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy (NYU Wagner)

Program Description

The Master of Science in Applied Statistics for Social Science Research (A3SR) provides students with rigorous training in applied statistics research techniques and strategies that can be applied to contemporary social, behavioral, and health science research. This MS program is a good choice for students who want to gain greater knowledge of statistics and its application to everyday problems and policies, and to sharpen their data-analysis and problem-solving skills.

The A3SR curriculum provides students with a firm foundation in statistical modeling tools and theoretical perspectives common within the social, behavioral, and health sciences, while allowing the opportunity to pursue their own interests and develop specialized skills. It prepares students to become applied statisticians and data scientists in the public or private sector, as well as for further academic study in fields that rely on quantitative research. The concentrations and electives can be tailored to students’ substantive and methodological interests. A3SR faculty have particular strengths in causal inference, demography, missing data, model selection, multivariate analysis, multi-level modeling, networks, and surveys and sampling. They also have expertise on methods at the intersection between machine learning and statistics. Students are encouraged to work closely with faculty on research that ranges from applied statistical analysis to the development of customized statistical models.

Dual Degree Option

dual degree option offers students interested in contributing to public policy the opportunity to develop both their quantitative skills and their policy analysis and public management expertise by completing both an MS in Applied Statistics at NYU Steinhardt and an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in two years. The MS program focuses on understanding and applying advanced statistical techniques critical to policy issues across the social, behavioral, and health sciences. The MPA program, with its Public Policy Analysis specialization, provides students with key frameworks from economics and political science alongside important skills in management and finance, and sets them up to play a leading role in designing, implementing, and evaluating policy that better serves the public good.

This dual degree option allows for 24 credits of coursework to apply to both degrees, so students can complete their MS and MPA in only two years of continuous, full-time study resulting in considerable financial savings.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.