Program Overview

The Division of Computational & Data Sciences (DCDS) at Washington University in St. Louis trains students interested in problems from across a range of disciplines that share a common reliance on data and computing.

The introduction of now-standard tools from statistical analysis and hypothesis testing transformed the practice of natural and social science in the mid-twentieth century. Emerging tools from computational and data science have the potential to bring about an even larger transformation of scientific practice, especially in the social sciences. The questions raised by data generated by and about human behavior are engaging and profound. However, many, if not most, of these questions can only be tackled using a multi-disciplinary approach that combines deep knowledge of the capabilities and operation of data science techniques, with the domain expertise needed to apply them effectively to the problems under consideration.

Doctoral students in Computational & Data Sciences receive strong methodological training in modern computational and statistical methods, and also acquire expertise in a particular social science application area.

The program is inherently interdisciplinary and brings together leading experts across the university who are using data to solve some of the greatest challenges that our world faces today. Faculty include both data and computing experts as well as domain experts from different application areas.

Meet our PhD Students

DCDS in the News

Doctoral student named to inaugural cohort of CRE2 graduate fellows

Ivy Smith, a doctoral student in the Division of Computational & Data Science, will receive funding through the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity (CRE2) as part of a new interdisciplinary fellowship.

How the Omicron response can prepare us for the next wave

The ­­Omicron wave of SARS-CoV-2 in December 2021-February 2022 caused over 30 million new cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths, with a daily death toll greater than total deaths caused by Hurricane Katrina—many more than the Delta wave. This burden fell unequally on society, with Americans over 65 representing almost 80% of the deaths and significant racial disparities.