Graduate Certificate in Computational Social Science

This 15-credit certificate program is designed for students who seek training in computer simulation and related computational methods for analyzing social systems and processes.

The program is open to all students with graduate standing at Mason and all students who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

CSS Certificate Requirements

2 Required Core Courses –  6 credits:

Elective Courses – 9 credits:

Note: Students may include a maximum of 3 credits of programming courses to meet the elective requirements. Such programming courses as procedural, object-oriented languages, or other approved programming approaches such as CSI 603 or CSI 604 Introduction to Scientific Programming I or II may be used with permission of the director. Some courses on computational techniques, modeling, or statistics, such as visualization, graphics, and statistical and database packages (such as CSI 606 and 607), may also be used to meet the requirements with prior approval of the director.


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