Providing professionals the opportunity to develop key computer science and data science skill sets to improve public policy through training programs and research.


The training program is designed to address public sector challenges, but is applicable to a broad range of fields such as sociology, public health, computer science, survey statistics, and federal departments. Completion of this program will equip participants with the tools necessary to effectively manage and undergo technology and analytics projects, as well as open the door to the fields of statistical analysis, software development, and data science.

Core Curriculum

The general format is 12 training days grouped into 4 modules of 3 days each. There is a primary focus on a different topic each day, as outlined below. In addition, participants are grouped in teams of up to five members to work through an analytic project that answers a specific reasearch question formulated by the team.

  • Day 1: Intro and project scoping
  • Day 2: Databases, SQL, and data exploration
  • Day 3: Intro to python for data analysis
  • Day 4: Python and APIs
  • Day 5: Record Linkage
  • Day 6: Network Analysis
  • Day 7: Intro to Machine Learning
  • Day 8: Machine Learning
  • Day 9: Text Analytics
  • Day 10: Web-scraping & Big Data lecture
  • Day 11: Inference
  • Day 12: Privacy and Confidentiality


High Need Populations (Fall 2017)


This program is designed for professionals with a masters’ degree or above with some emphasis in a quantitative field (e.g. statistics, economics or computer science) or at least two years working in a hands-on, data-oriented field.

To apply for this program, click here. At the end of the application form you will be given three options for payment:

1. Pay in full

2. Apply for a government employee scholarship (for details, view the Scholarship Application Instructions)

3. Request a group discount or inquire about employer payments by emailing [email protected]


Module 1: October 11-13, 2017

All participants attend sessions in College Park

Module 2: November 1-3, 2017

Module 3: November 15-17, 2017

Module 4: December 6-8, 2017

Participants attend via sites in Chicago, IL; College Park, MD; New York, NY; Hartford, CT; or Seattle, WA

Reports and Presentations: To be finalized: late January or early February

Participants welcome to attend via sites in Chicago, IL; College Park, MD; New York, NY; Hartford, CT; or Seattle, WA, or to join remotely


Class price: $15,000

Government and non-profit participants: $10,000 (payment can be made for each module by pcard)

20% discount for groups of 2-4 individuals from same agency; 40% discount for groups of more than 4


Email: [email protected]

Phone: 301-314-7911

The Executive Program in Applied Data Analytics is an activity of the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc. If paying by check, please make your check payable to the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc. and reference Account # 21089 in the memo line.