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Social Analysis and Research, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #57 (QS) , RI,
Careers in the 21st century increasingly place a premium on the ability to collect, process, analyze, and interpret large-scale data on human attributes, preferences, attitudes, and behaviors and complex systems of human interactions. 


Such skills have concrete application and relevance to a wide variety of careers, including market research, program evaluation, policy work, advanced study in the social sciences, and financial analysis. The McKinsey Global Institute, a management consulting group, estimates that by 2018, the U.S. may face a 50-60% gap between the need for individuals who can analyze complex data and the supply of those with the training and skills to do so. The demand for data analysts requires professionals that are not only technically skilled, but also thoughtful about how best to use and interpret data.

The master’s (Sc.M.) program in Social Analysis and Research (MSAR) in the Sociology Department of Brown University trains students in advanced techniques for data collection and analysis. The hallmarks of the program are focused methodological training in both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis, with cores in spatial analysis and market research, classroom instruction by active and internationally renowned researchers, and individualized supervision of applied, hands-on data analytic research on a faculty project or with an off-campus organization.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Social Problems
  • Economic Development and Social Change
  • Focus Groups for Market and Social Research
  • Market and Social Surveys
  • Creative Companies: Entrepreneurship, Markets, and the Culture Industry

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Personal Statement: no longer than two (2) pages in length outlining professional goals and commitment to pursuing a career in social analysis and research
  • GRE General:  Required
  • GRE Subject:  Not required
  • Transcripts: Required from all post-secondary institutions of attendance
  • Letters of Recommendation: Submit two (2) letters of recommendation (at least one academic)
  • TOEFL: Required for any international applicant whose undergraduate curriculum was not taught in English

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48727 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48727 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    48727 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48727 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Providence

  • 1030 - 1900 USD/month
    Living Costs

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