Computational Social Science

Computational Social Science (CT75)

The Master of Science in Computational Social Science combines coursework in formal models from across social science disciplines with modern computational data analysis techniques. With a hands-on curriculum involving a summer bootcamp, core foundational training, and varied in-depth electives, this program provides substantive and varied practice applying skillsets to real-world problems, preparing graduates for impactful careers in public policy, education, non-profits, or for further academic study in a Ph.D. program.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Social Sciences
Program Overview The Master of Science in Computational Social Science (CSS) give students the ability to apply causal social science and computational models, simulations, and analysis to “big data” to uncover how people think, decide, and act in groups, markets, and states. The curriculum offers foundational structure in technical domains, surveys current areas of interest in the field of CSS, and provides the flexibility to apply these methods to impactful social questions, with real-world project-based learning.
Department Computational Social Science
Major Computational Social Science
Degree Master of Science
Admissions Terms Summer
Additional Notes

Priority application deadline: January 19, 2022

Final application deadline: March 1, 2022

Application Deadlines March 1, 2022 (Fall 2022)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 2 recommendations required.

Please submit two letters of recommendation for a complete application. These letters should address your academic and/or professional qualifications for pursuing an M.S. Letter writers that are able to provide context and clarity with respect to your ability and potential to excel in a graduate program are the most helpful in evaluating your application.

Statement of Purpose


Online Statement of purpose only; 1000 word limit.

Statement of purpose must address the following questions:
1) What relevant preparation have you undertaken for this program?
2) How can the CSS M.S. program at UC San Diego help you realize your professional goals, both immediate and long term?



Contact Info

Campus Office 1533 Mandler Hall
Phone 858-246-5202
Fax 858-534-2324
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Department of Psychology
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0109
La Jolla, CA 92093-0109