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Master of Science in Data Science: Career Outlook

Prepare for Big Data’s big opportunities.

With your Master of Science in Data Science from Utica University, you’ll have the technical skills to analyze data and the know-how to turn that information into action.

It’s no wonder this combination of skills is in such high and growing demand. You’ll have the skills to translate data into:

  • Informed business decisions that increase profits
  • Responsive policymaking to improve people’s lives
  • Effective cybersecurity measures to protect sensitive infrastructure

Even better, as you make a positive impact, you’ll earn a top salary: In 2018, the median salary for an entry-level data scientist was $92,500 with the top 25 percent earning $110,000.2

There are many applications for an M.S. in Data Science across the business, nonprofit, and governmental sectors. In fact, by 2021, a whopping 69 percent of employers will be looking for data science and analytics skills.2



Operations research analysts analyze data in order to identify problems and find solutions in the day-to-day logistics and operational routine of a business or organization.5



Cybersecurity analysts keep a watchful eye on the traffic of sensitive data. Whether in a corporate or governmental setting, these data guards analyze incoming and outgoing data to ensure systems are secure and running smoothly.6



Market research analysts dive into the potential market for new products and services. Their findings help companies reduce risk and enter the market with confidence.7



Putting data to work in service of public well-being, public health analysts dig into available research or gather their own data in order to inform policy, health care, or other high-impact social programs.8



Computer and information research scientists help address business challenges by translating data into a usable, contextual resource for decision-makers.9

Additional roles for graduates of the M.S. in Data Science program:

  • Chief Data Officer
  • Health Information Analyst
  • Social Science Analyst
  • Database Administrator

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M.S. in Data Science: Business Analytics

Build business theory and practice into your data analytics expertise. You’ll complete this specialization ready to manage risk, predict market and workforce developments, and understand demographic trends and census data.

M.S. in Data Science: Cybersecurity

Learn state-of-the-art cybersecurity and computer forensic practices, and apply your data science knowledge and skills in unique ways. This specialization features courses from our NSA-designated cybersecurity master’s program.

M.S. in Data Science: Financial Crime

Enhance your ability to manage the corporate and advanced technological resources that combat economic crime. You’ll complete this specialization ready for positions in the compliance and fraud investigation fields.

M.S. in Data Science: Social Science Analytics

Enhance your understanding of complex organizations and bureaucracy, social trends, voting data, and research design. You’ll complete this specialization with a macroscopic perspective on community dynamics.

Key Skills Employers Need

Beyond the Degree

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One-on-One Mentors

Work with your program director and professors for professional mentorship and support.

Job Search Assistance

Build your résumé, do mock interviews, and find new opportunities in your area.

Career Counseling

Have our experts review your résumé and LinkedIn and learn to stand out from the crowd.


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  2. Burtch, L. (2018, May). The Burtch Works Study: Salaries of Data Scientists (Rep.). Retrieved January , 2019, from Burtch Works Executive Recruiting website:
  3. Markow, W., Braganza, S., Taska, B., Miller, S., & Hughes, D. (2017). The Quant Crunch: How the Demand for Data Science Skills Is Disrupting the Job Market (Rep.). Retrieved January 3, 2019, from Burning Glass Technologies / IBM website:
  4. Henke, N., Bughin, J., Chui, M., Manyika, J., Saleh, T., Wiseman, B., & Sethupathy, G. (2016, December). The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world. Retrieved January 3, 2019, from McKinsey Global Institute website:
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  6. Information Security Analysts. (2018, April 13). Retrieved January 3, 2019, from
  7. Market Research Analysts. (2018, April 13). Retrieved January 3, 2019, from
  8. Public Health Analyst Salaries. (n.d.). Glassdoor. Retrieved January 3, 2019, from,21.htm
  9. Computer and Information Research Scientists. (2018, April 13). Retrieved January 3, 2019, from