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Learn the tools to make smart data-driven decisions. Gain skills to enact them.

Decision Analytics and Systems

Students in any undergraduate major at Carnegie Mellon University can elect the Minor in Decision Analytics and Systems (DAS), building along the way a robust interdisciplinary toolkit that draws on computer science, economics, statistics, operations research, machine learning, and information systems. You will also learn how-to apply this toolkit to consequential societal problems!

Heinz College offers the undergraduate Minor in Decision Analytics and Systems (DAS), providing you with the opportunity to add systems thinking and evidence-based problem solving to any field of study.

Data is a means to an end—creating value for people and society. But before data can create value, there comes a critical decision point. DAS prepares you to be the one who makes that decision, navigating the process from end to end: from identifying a current decision point and the problem it could solve, to determining the right decision and its potential value, and finally communicating that value and putting the decision into action.

Using Heinz College’s deep expertise in analytics, public policy and information systems as a launchpad, the DAS minor features gamechanging experiential courses that ground DAS strategies in real world application, so you can see the social impacts of this work firsthand.

The DAS minor will launch Fall 2022. For more information, contact Professor Raja Sooriamurthi at



Below is one possible schedule for the DAS minor. Actual schedules may vary based on course availability and other factors.

Year Two - Fall Semester
  • Introduction to DAS
  • Optimization for DAS
Year Two - Spring Semester
  • Simulation for DAS
  • Applied Econometrics for DAS
Year Three - Fall Semester
  • Critical Analysis of Policy Research
Year Three - Spring Semester
  • Machine Learning for Public Policy Lab