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Plan of Study - Comprehensive 36-Credit Option


In the MS-Applied Political Analytics, Comprehensive 36-credit option, students complete the program in eighteen months of continuous enrollment. The program features both seminar-style, face-to-face learning and online learning. Face-to-face classes meet at the College Park campus. UMD’s online learning environment delivers online content through easy to use web-based technology that enables learning in an engaging, interactive environment. Instruction is provided by university faculty and experts in the field.

Below is a sample plan of study. Students should use this as a guide to develop a plan with the program director. The program uses the semester academic calendar. Students who are admitted into the Comprehensive 36-credit option complete eighteen credits (six 3-credit courses) in the first year of study and eighteen credits (six 3-credit courses) in the second year of study).

Specific class meeting information (days and time) is posted on UMD’s interactive web service services, Testudo. Once on that site, select “Schedule of Classes,” then the term/year. Courses are listed by academic unit.

Sample Plan of Study

The program uses specific section codes for registration which are listed on the sample plan of study. Actual course offerings are determined by the program and may vary semester to semester. Students should note if a course has a pre-requisite or co-requisite. UMD graduate students in other programs who are interested in registering for courses in this program, see Non-Program Student Registration. For a detailed course description, see Courses.

Semester Year Course Number Campus Section Online Section Credits
Fall 1 GVPT601 PCA* PWA* 3
Fall 1 SURV615 PCA* PWA* 3
Fall 1 SURV621 PCA* PWA* 3
Spring 1 GVPT621 PCA* PWA* 3
Spring 1 GVPT624 PCA* PWA* 3
Spring 1 SURV616 PCA* PWA* 3
Fall 2 GVPT620 PCA* PWA* 3
Fall 2 SURV727 PCA* PWA* 3
Fall 2 SURV740 PCA* PWA* 3
Winter 2 GVPT635 n/a PWA* 3
Spring 2 GVPT685 PCA* PWA* 3
Spring 2 SURV630 PCA* PWA* 3

Course List

Below is a listing of all program courses with a general schedule. Actual course offerings are determined by the program and may vary. For a detailed course description, see Courses.

Category Course Number Title
Political Science GVPT601 Research Design for Political Analysis
Political Science GVPT620 The Logic and Practice of Measurement
Political Science GVPT621 Coding in Statistical Software
Political Science GVPT624 National Security and International Relations
Political Science GVPT635 Public Opinion
Political Science GVPT685 Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
Data Science SURV615 Statistical Modeling I
Data Science SURV616 Statistical Modeling II
Data Science SURV621 Fundamentals of Data Collection I
Data Science SURV630 Questionnaire Design and Evaluation
Data Science SURV727 Fundamentals of Computing and Data Display
Data Science SURV740 Fundamentals of Inference
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