The Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University offers an online Master of Science in Government Analytics degree through its Advanced Academics Program (AAP). This is a data analytics master’s degree, with a focus on applying statistical and other quantitative assessment techniques to strategic decision-making in government, public policy, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. Students can choose to pursue a concentration in one of four specialized areas: Statistical Analysis; Geospatial Analysis; Political Behavior and Policy Analysis; and Public Management. Twelve courses, including a capstone project, are required for graduation, and students can complete the degree in two years by taking two courses each term. There are no required campus visits for this program.
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Online learning at Johns Hopkins is facilitated by a course management system that supports asynchronous instruction. Recorded lectures and other course materials are available to students 24/7. In addition to graded assignments and exams, instructors incorporate discussion boards, group assignments, and other interactive activities into each class. Some classes may also include an occasional live online event, but all other aspects of the program are designed for on-demand access.
Students in the AAP’s MS in Government Analytics program must complete five core courses as part of the curriculum, including Statistics and Political Analysis, Quantitative Methods, and Advanced Quantitative Methods. A Capstone Seminar, which challenges students to apply the skills they’ve learned to a unique data analysis project, is part of the core curriculum, as is an elective course in one of the following: Data Visualization; Big Data Analytics; Big Data Management; Program Evaluation; Applied Performance Analytics; or Time Series Models and Forecasting. The remaining credits (seven courses) are accrued through additional elective coursework, which includes classes in Demographics Modeling, Cybersecurity, Geographic Information Systems, and Polling and American Elections.
Students who opt for one of the program’s four concentrations must take four courses in that area of study. The Statistical Analysis concentration examines the use of analytics in government-related decisions. The Geospatial Analysis concentration centers on the applied use of spatially distributed datasets. The Political Behavior and Policy Analysis concentration delves into the use of analytics in campaigns, elections, and government programs. And, the Public Policy concentration focuses on addressing administrative and finance challenges with data analytics tools.
Johns Hopkins University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).