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Master of Science in Data Science

Learn how to research, organize and utilize data

Data plays a critical role in nearly every industry today, from retail and insurance to biotech, government and manufacturing. Data can be a powerful tool, but to be effective it must be properly gathered, organized, understood and stored. This work requires data professionals that understand how to help organizations utilize data to make smart, data-driven decisions.

Curriculum aligned for the needs of industry today

Our Master of Science in Data Science program is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of this emerging, interdisciplinary field. Students will gain a broad knowledge base that includes the data lifecycle and how to process large amounts of unstructured data into useable datasets that organizations can utilize.

This program is designed and taught by experienced professionals to ensure that it’s aligned with current industry needs, including the CRISP structure. It takes students through a broad range of topics such as the principles of data science, data mining, big data integration and data visualization. Additionally, we’ll cover the strategic management of data as well as how to manage legal, ethical and security risks in information systems.

At Northcentral University you can complete your Master of Science in Data Science program entirely online, with classes starting every Monday. Even though you go to class online, you’ll still receive the personal attention you deserve thanks to our unique one-to-one learning model. As a student, you’ll also have access to helpful online learning tools to support you along the way.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate an organization’s potential for improvement in data management
  • Explain concepts and arguments associated with data science
  • Manage legal, ethical, and security risks information systems
  • Evaluate the scope and impact of emerging data science concepts on a local and global scale
  • Formulate solutions to practical problems in data management

Career Potential*

  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • Database Administrators
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Computer Network Architects
  • Statisticians(1)
  • Database Architects
  • Data Warehousing Specialists
  • Business Intelligence Analysts
  • Search Marketing Strategists
  • Document Management Specialists
  • Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

MS in Data Science Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
Courses: 10 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 23 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One