University of Chicago Masters in Computational Social Science

The Masters in Computational Social Science (MACSS) at the University of Chicago offers a two-year program that combines frontier social scientific research with a rigorous introduction to computational data analysis. Alumni of the program have been accepted into top doctoral programs, including UChicago, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Michigan, UCLA, and MIT, and they have taken positions with leading firms in a variety of industries.

MACSS students take doctoral-level courses taught by faculty from across the Division of Social Sciences, as well as the Booth School of Business, Computer Science, and the Harris School of Public Policy. MACSS students have full access to University resources, and they write an MA thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor. The MA thesis differentiates MACSS from most data science programs, providing our students the opportunity to present their research, as a key element for both PhD and private sector applications.

Students enrolled in the program are eligible for significant merit-based aid to help defray costs for each of the two years. All applicants to the program are considered, and no additional forms are required.

The MACSS website ( provides further information. Questions can be directed to Vanessa Carey, Student Affairs Administrator, at

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