Master of Science in Data Science

Program Overview

Interpret data and solve problems.

Big Data is a $203 billion industry.1 Shopping centers, social media, health care service providers, and educational institutions — everyone is collecting data. In fact, 90 percent of the world's data was created in the last two years.2

Big Data is a $203 billion industry.1 Shopping centers, social media, health care service providers, and educational institutions — everyone is collecting data. In fact, 90 percent of the world's data was created in the last two years.2

Fast Facts

Modality

100% Online

Total Credits

30

Cost Per Credit

$830

Time to Complete

2 years

Specializations

4

 
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          Drive Meaningful Change with Data

          When you graduate in less than two years with your Master of Science in Data Science from Utica College, you'll have the skills to distill meaning from that data, gain insights, and propel positive change in organizations and people's lives.

          Utica's 30-credit online master's in data science program will prepare you to consider data within an organizational and societal context in order to influence strategy and policy-making across a variety of organizations and industries.

          Career Outlook

          In 2018, the median salary for an entry-level data scientist was $92,500, with the top 25 percent earning an average annual salary of $110,000.3 With just three years of experience and a master's degree from an accredited university like Utica College, the median salary rises to $120,000, with the top 25 percent of earners making $138,750.3

          Experts are predicting that by 2024, more than 250,000 data scientist openings will go unfilled, meaning lots of opportunity for anyone with the skill set to translate big data into meaningful business intelligence.4

          JOBS AND INCOME

          Curriculum: From Analysis to Action

          With Utica College's M.S. in Data Science program, you'll explore models for collecting data and methods for diving deep into the numbers to find trends — but that's only part of the equation. You'll also learn to use your findings to design and implement solutions to business problems.

          Explore the basics through five core courses, then specialize in Business Analytics, Cybersecurity, Financial Crime or Social Science, or select your own electives in the General track. To complete the program, you'll bring everything together with a hands-on capstone project or thesis.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Curriculum: From Analysis to Action

          With Utica College's M.S. in Data Science program, you'll explore models for collecting data and methods for diving deep into the numbers to find trends — but that's only part of the equation. You'll also learn to use your findings to design and implement solutions to business problems.

          Explore the basics through five core courses, then specialize in Business Analytics, Cybersecurity, Financial Crime or Social Science, or select your own electives in the General track. To complete the program, you'll bring everything together with a hands-on capstone project or thesis.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Available Specializations:

          Choose the general track or one of four specializations. Each will provide you with the most up-to-date skills and know-how to hit the ground running in the industry segment of your choice.

          Admissions Requirements

          Joining the M.S. in Data Science program with Utica College is straightforward, requiring only:

          • Completed application
          • A bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
          • Two letters of recommendation
          • Official transcripts
          • Personal statement

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          Tuition and Financial Aid

          This 30-credit program costs $830 per credit hour. Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid.

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          Faculty: Learn From Experience

          Our Master of Science in Data Science faculty are well versed in the challenges that working with data to find solutions can present, with hands-on experience in healthcare, geographic information systems (GIS), urban-rural dynamics, and cybersecurity.

          You'll benefit from their decades of collective experience and graduate with a network of veteran data professionals who can help you in your career.

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          Why Learn Online
          With Utica College?

          Benefits of Being an Online Student

          Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You'll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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          Planning Your Budget

          Paying for an online education doesn't have to be stressful. We've compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          You can finish in less than two years by taking one course every eight weeks. In that time, you'll complete 30 total credits: 18 credits of core data analytics and research methods coursework and 12 credits in your chosen specialization and a capstone or thesis project.

          Utica College's online M.S. in Data Science puts a special emphasis on social data. With a deeper understanding of people's preferences and behaviors, you'll be prepared to give a human face to data and improve public policy, marketing strategy, or operational outcomes in any sector.

          Plus, with specializations available in Business Analysis, Social Science, Financial Crime, and Cybersecurity, you'll graduate ready to dive deep into the area of your choice.

          In 2018, Glassdoor ranked Data Scientist the #1 Job in America for salary, opportunity growth, and job satisfaction.

          High-paying jobs are available in corporate, governmental, or nonprofit organizations with a median entry-level salary of more than $92,500 in 2018, according to Burtch Works.

          See our M.S. in Data Science Career Outlook page for detailed information about the career paths, jobs, and salaries that may be available to you after graduation.

          No. While previous experience may provide valuable context to your studies, work history in the field is not required for admittance to the program.

          See our full list of admissions requirements for the M.S. in Data Science program.

          The Master of Science in Data Science program is a 30-credit-hour program at a cost of $830 per credit hour, for a total estimated tuition cost of $24,900.

          For a detailed list of all related expenses and fees, see the M.S. in Data Science Tuition and Fees page.

          In order to complete the M.S. in Data Science program, you'll be required to complete 30 credit hours, which will include a foundational set of courses as well as your chosen specialization and a capstone or thesis project.

          See the full M.S. in Data Science curriculum for detailed information.

          SOURCES:

          1Press, G. (2017, January 20). 6 Predictions For The $203 Billion Big Data Analytics Market. Retrieved January 10, 2019, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/gilpress/2017/01/20/6-predictions-for-the-203-billion-big-data-analytics-market/
          2Marr, B. (2018, July 09). How Much Data Do We Create Every Day? The Mind-Blowing Stats Everyone Should Read. Retrieved January 10, 2019, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2018/05/21/how-much-data-do-we-create-every-day-the-mind-blowing-stats-everyone-should-read/#40f5cce160ba
          3Burtch, L. (2018, May). The Burtch Works Study Salaries of Data Scientists (Rep.). Retrieved January 10, 2019, from Burtch Works website: https://www.burtchworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Burtch-Works-Study_DS-2018.pdf
          4The Quant Crunch How the Demand for Data Science Skills is Disrupting the Job Market (Rep.). (2017). Retrieved January 10, 2019, from Burning Glass Technologies, IBM, Business-Higher Education Forum website: https://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?htmlfid=IML14576USEN&