Learn to code in eight-weeks with an interactive virtual classroom

For individuals from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, this program provides an introduction to coding with R Programming and how to apply rigorous analytics in public policy.

The accelerated format will take you from novice to intermediate in only eight weeks.

The part-time program format is compatible for those enrolled in school full-time or who are working full-time.  

Apply by February 28 - the Final Deadline!

Course Overview

R Programming, Public Policy


Beginner, Intermediate


8 weeks, approximately 5-10 hours per week


April 3 – May 26, 2023




Virtual Online

Austin Wright, Assistant Professor

As Faculty Director for the Data Analytics Credential he supports students understanding of code and application to public policy. Wright's research leverages microlevel data to study the political economy of conflict and crime in Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, and...

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Develop your coding skills with a part-time schedule


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Brent Fergusson, DAC21-1-1
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Brent Fergusson

"The format worked well for someone like me who came to learn a specific skill (R programming) while balancing full-time work and family obligations. I really valued that the homework covered the previous week as well as the current week's material, acting as a review and a study guide for the new material."

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Ruoxi Chen, DAC21
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Ruoxi Chen

"The chance to learn R programming enabled me to explore potential opportunities for coding in my future, such as in the MPP degree. The DAC content helped me tremendously during Math and Coding camp. Without a doubt, this solid foundation DAC has built up for me would be a significant kick-start for any MPP applicants like me!"

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Joe Struck, DAC2021
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Joe Struck

"The program is very hands-on—it mimics what a lot of people are doing in more policy-related roles. I can certainly see myself using the skills I’ve learned later on in the public sector."

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Idalina Sachango, DAC21, MSCAPP23
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Idalina Sachango

"I felt like I was hitting a wall in my career trajectory. I wanted to work with data and be in the rooms where the impacts are being measured."

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