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Computational Social Sciences (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

College of Social Behavioral Sciences (with courses provided by the Department of Communiaction, Department of Linguistics, School of Anthropology, School of Government and Public Policy, School of Information, and School of Sociology).

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Social & Behavioral Sci Admin -

Thank you for your interest in the Computational Social Science Certificate (CSS) program at the University of Arizona. Information regarding the Certificate, our faculty and courses we offer and any other information can be found at:





College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Stephanie Ann Amado
Graduate Program Coordinator
Stephanie Ann Amado
Director of Graduate Studies
Joseph J Galaskiewicz
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Abraham Edward Cooper
Tuition and Fees
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Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Please note the following Admission Requirements for the Certificate in The College of Social Behavioral Sciences; none of these requirements may be waived without the permission of the faculty advisory committee.

1. Minimum accepted Graduate GPA at the University of Arizona: 3.5

2. Be enrolled in a PhD Program at the University of Arizona

3. Recommendation from Director of Graduate Studies or Advisor.

4. An unofficial copy of a University of Arizona transcript must be uploaded to the application. Upon admission the Graduate College will require official transcripts.

5. Statement of Intent (no more than two pages).

6. A list of tentative courses students plan to take.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator: 

Stephanie Amado

Standardized Tests

Not applicable

Financial Aid

Not applicable

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: April 19

International Applicants:

  •  Fall: April 19
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Eligibility for the program:

The student must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Arizona and in good standing (this includes students currently enrolled in MA/MS programs that are prerequisite components of Ph.D. programs and who are expected to formally advance to Ph.D. programs). The student should have a 3.5 or higher graduate GPA at the University of Arizona.  Exceptions will be reviewed by the faculty advisory committee. 

Requirements for the certificate:

To successfully complete the certificate the student must complete 4 courses for a total of 12 credits, with a grade of ‘B’ or better in each course: one required three-credit course, plus three three-credit graduate level electives (5XX, 6XX) drawn from a list of courses approved by the certificate’s faculty advisory committee (see Courses Tab on the website for a list of options).  One of the three electives could be an independent study where the student would work on a project under the guidance of a faculty member from the advisory committee.  At least two of the four courses must be outside the student’s home unit to ensure breadth of exposure to different approaches.  The required course will give an overview of CSS research, introduce relevant computing skills, discuss the theory and epistemology behind CSS, and explore ethical issues particular to CSS research.


Students should go to the University of Arizona Graduate Admissions Application (GradApp) to submit their application ( The student has to submit a letter of intent describing what they want from the certificate (no more than two pages).  They also have to list the classes they tentatively plan on taking.  The student’s adviser or the DGS in his/her program needs to anwer the questions in GradApp attesting to their graduate status amd listing any special qualifications. An unofficial copy of a University of Arizona transcript must be uploaded to the application. Upon admission the Graduate College will require official transcripts. No course prerequisites, prior knowledge of a programming language, or standardized tests are required for admission.


If the applicant or faculty have questions, please contact either the Director, Prof. Joseph Galaskiewicz ( or the Graduate Coordinator, Ms. Stephanie Amado (


Minor Requirements

Not applicable

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Last revised 25 Mar 2019