Below are the four optional focus areas: Data Science, Interactive Technology, UX Design, and Networks, Crowds and Markets. A framework designed to help MPS students structure their studies, these focus areas contain a mix of Information Systems category and Human and Social Systems category courses. MPS students are required to take 9 credits of Information Systems and 9 credits of Human and Social Systems and may take no more than 9 credits of approved electives. See the Requirements page for more information.

Data Science

Analyzing data to learn about the world

View the recommended course list for the Data Science focus area.

Learn to analyze large amounts of data using data mining techniques and strong programming skills. Identify relevant questions, capture, process and analyze data from multiple sources to help answer the questions, and organize and communicate the results for effective decision making. 

Interactive Technologies

Designing and building systems

View the recommended course list for the Interactive Technologies focus area.

Learn to design and build functional technical systems. Develop the technical skills needed to build novel interactive tools, both hardware and software, in various domains: health, education, business, and more. 

USER EXPERIENCE

Studying and designing interfaces

View the recommended course list for the User Experience focus area.

Learn to design and develop technology products from a human-centered perspective, providing users with meaningful experiences and a positive impact on society at large. Develop the skills needed to apply user research methods, product design, and creating successful interactive products.

Networks, Crowds, and Markets

Modeling decision-making and policy

View the recommended course list for the Networks, Crowds, and Markets focus area.

Learn to analyze and understand online social systems, human behavior, and decision making in interconnected systems. Apply formal models, data and policy issues drawn from economics, sociology, computer science, mathematics, ethics, and law to analyze and design networked online systems. 

Approved Electives

View the pre-approved electives list

Electives are courses that fall outside of the Information Systems and Human and Social Systems categories but still count toward your 30 credit requirement. You may choose to take 0-9 credits worth of electives. If you find a 4000+ level course you are interesed in taking but is not on the pre-approved list, please email the Director of the MPS program, Gilly Leshed, with the course ID, course name, course description (found in the roster), and justification on why you want to take the course and its relevancy to your MPS degree.