Postgraduate Certificate On Campus

Computational Social Science

George Mason University

1431 USD/credit 21465 USD/full
1431 USD/credit 21465 USD/full
543 USD/credit 8145 USD/full
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This Computational Social Science program at George Mason University is designed for students who seek training in computer simulation and related computational methods for analyzing social systems and processes.

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About the program

The Computational Social Science program at George Mason University is open to all students with graduate standing at George Mason University and all students who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university. The Computational Social Science (CSS) certificate allows students with social science or computational backgrounds to acquire new knowledge and modeling skills to improve their qualifications and attractiveness to employers in government, academia, or industry. The core courses provide a common foundation; additional elective courses allow for a variety of student interests across diverse social domains.

This graduate certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Agent-based Modeling and Simulation
  • Object-Oriented Modeling in Social Science  
  • Origins of Social Complexity   
  • Social Network Analysis

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines


15 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • The goals statement essay should express what the applicant hopes to achieve academically and/or professionally by studying Computational Social Science at George Mason University. The essay should display the applicant's writing ability and the background and credentials that qualify the applicant for graduate study. The essay should convey that applying to this program has been an informed and thoughtful process.
  • The writing sample should be a formal piece of writing that demonstrates the applicant's ability to write and conduct research at the graduate level, use evidence to make an argument, cite sources, and engage in scholarly analysis.
  • Letters of recommendation should speak to the applicant’s character, work ethic, academic or professional achievements, and/or preparedness for graduate study. Ideally, at least 1 of the 2 recommendations will come from someone who can speak directly to the applicant’s previous academic performance.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21465 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit
  • National

    21465 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit
  • In-State

    8145 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 543 USD per credit

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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