Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) is a free-standing Master's of Arts program within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, associated with the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy. It is an innovative, flexible, interdisciplinary social science degree that focuses on quantitative research techniques and strategies. The program integrates the perspectives and research methods of seven research disciplines: Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Computer Science, and Statistics.
QMSS provides students with rigorous training in quantitative research, with an emphasis on written and oral communication about research techniques and findings. These skills prepare QMSS graduates to enter (or further) an analytical or research career or to continue their education in a PhD program.
QMSS provides students with a basis in quantitative skills for social science research through its core curriculum, with the flexibility to engage in interdisciplinary pursuits through their elective selections. Students can select these classes from the elective offerings by QMSS, or draw from the wider university through cross-registration in the many departments across Columbia that QMSS has developed strong relationships with over the years. Below are descriptions of the courses offered by QMSS as well as a selection of courses around the university that may be of interest. Students are advised to work with the program to determine a course of study that suits goals for program design as well as to receive guidance on their options for study throughout the university.