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Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #10 (QS) , IL,
The M.S. in Computational Analysis & Public Policy (MS-CAPP) is a rigorous, two-year program offered jointly by the Harris School of Public Policy and the Department of Computer Science at The University of Chicago.


The curriculum is a three-legged stool, building foundational knowledge of computer science, statistics, and public policy analysis. Students then go on to advanced coursework in econometrics, machine learning, big data methods, data visualization, and application development all while learning how to apply these skills in the policy realm.

MS-CAPP graduates have become civic technologists, data scientists, and policy researchers bringing modern technology to bear on the societal problems that matter most. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Microeconomics 
  • Mathematics for Computer Science and Data Analysis 
  • Statistics
  • Databases for Public Policy
  • Computer Science with Applications 
  • Machine Learning for Public Policy 
  • Analytical Politics 
  • Program Evaluation 

            Detailed Programme Facts

            • Programme intensity Full-time
              • Full-time duration 24 months
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus

            English Language Requirements

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            General Requirements

            Applicants are required to complete an application form and submit GRE/GMAT scores, transcripts of all coursework, a resume, three letters of reference, and answer two brief essay questions using an on-line admissions system.

            Tuition Fee

            • International

              7018 USD/module
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 7018 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.
            • National

              7018 USD/module
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 7018 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.
            • In-State

              7018 USD/module
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 7018 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.
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            Living costs for Chicago

            • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
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