# Master of Data Science

**Collaborative program with the Department of Computer Science**

This professional master’s degree program consists of 33 credit hours of coursework including a six credit hour summer practicum. The program is designed primarily for those with previous degrees or experience in computer science, statistics, mathematics, natural sciences, or business, who are interested in preparing for a career as a data science professional in business and industry. Full-time students may complete the program in one year, including one summer term.

## Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0. A combined verbal and quantitative GRE examination score of at least 304 and an analytical writing score of at least 3.0 are required. The GRE requirement may be waived for students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Prerequisites include knowledge of a high level programming language at the level of CS 201 (Java or C/C++programming is required), a data structures course at the level of CS 331, multivariate calculus at the level of MATH 251, linear algebra at the level of MATH 332, and probability and statistics at the level of MATH 474. Information on these courses is available in this bulletin.

Students with an insufficient background in computer science and/or mathematics will be required to take the relevant prerequisite courses and earn at least a "B" grade in each. These prerequisite courses do not count toward the 33 credit hour requirement.

## Curriculum

Coursework includes 18 credit hours of required core courses, nine credit hours of elective courses, and six credit hours of CSP 572/MATH 572 Data Science Practicum. At least nine credit hours must be taken of 400- or 500-level CS or CSP courses and nine credit hours of 400- or 500-level MATH courses, not including the CSP 572/MATH 572 Data Science Practicum.

Up to six credit hours of 400-level undergraduate coursework may be used toward degree requirements.

Code | Title | Credit Hours |
---|---|---|

Data Science Core Courses | (18) | |

MATH 563 | Mathematical Statistics | 3 |

or MATH 564 | Applied Statistics | |

CS 584 | Machine Learning | 3 |

or MATH 569 | Statistical Learning | |

SCI 511 | Project Management | 3 |

or CS 587 | Software Project Management | |

SCI 522 | Public Engagement for Scientists | 3 |

CSP/MATH 571 | Data Preparation and Analysis | 3 |

Select a minimum of one course from the following: | 3 | |

Advanced Database Organization | 3 | |

Data-Intensive Computing | 3 | |

Topics in Computer Science Professional Master (Big Data Technologies) | 3 | |

Data Science Capstone | (6) | |

CSP/MATH 572 | Data Science Practicum (Summer only) | 6 |

Data Science Electives | (9) | |

Select nine credit hours of Data Science Electives | 9 | |

Total Credit Hours | 33 |

### Data Science Electives

Code | Title | Credit Hours |
---|---|---|

Computational Fundamentals | (24) | |

CS 425 | Database Organization | 3 |

CS 430 | Introduction to Algorithms | 3 |

CS 450 | Operating Systems | 3 |

CS 525 | Advanced Database Organization | 3 |

CS 535 | Design and Analysis of Algorithms | 3 |

CS 546 | Parallel and Distributed Processing | 3 |

CS 553 | Cloud Computing | 3 |

CS 589 | Software Testing and Analysis | 3 |

Computer Science Applications | (36) | |

CS 422 | Data Mining | 3 |

CS 512 | Computer Vision | 3 |

CS 522 | Advanced Data Mining | 3 |

CS 529 | Information Retrieval | 3 |

CS 554 | Data-Intensive Computing | 3 |

CS 556 | Cyber-Physical Systems: Languages and Systems | 3 |

CS 557 | Cyber-Physical Systems: Networking and Algorithms | 3 |

CS 579 | Online Social Network Analysis | 3 |

CS 583 | Probabilistic Graphical Models | 3 |

CS 584 | Machine Learning | 3 |

CS 585 | Natural Language Processing | 3 |

CSP 595 | Topics in Computer Science Professional Master (Big Data Technologies) | 3 |

Mathematics, Probability, and Statistics | (48) | |

MATH 454 | Graph Theory and Applications | 3 |

MATH 481 | Introduction to Stochastic Processes | 3 |

MATH 483 | Design and Analysis of Experiments | 3 |

MATH 486 | Mathematical Modeling I | 3 |

MATH 487 | Mathematical Modeling II | 3 |

MATH 522 | Mathematical Modeling | 3 |

MATH 532 | Linear Algebra | 3 |

MATH 535 | Optimization I | 3 |

MATH 540 | Probability | 3 |

MATH 542 | Stochastic Processes | 3 |

MATH 546 | Introduction to Time Series | 3 |

MATH 565 | Monte Carlo Methods in Finance | 3 |

MATH 566 | Multivariate Analysis | 3 |

MATH 567 | Advanced Design of Experiments | 3 |

MATH 569 | Statistical Learning | 3 |

MATH 574 | Bayesian Computational Statistics | 3 |

Mathematical and Scientific Computing | (15) | |

BIOL 550 | Bioinformatics | 3 |

MATH 577 | Computational Mathematics I | 3 |

MATH 578 | Computational Mathematics II | 3 |

MATH 590 | Meshfree Methods | 3 |

PHYS 440 | Computational Physics | 3 |

## Master of Data Science Curriculum

Year 1 | |||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|

Semester 1 | Credit Hours | Semester 2 | Credit Hours | Semester 3 | Credit Hours |

CS 525, 554, or CSP 595 | 3 | CS 584 or MATH 569 | 3 | CSP 572 | 6 |

MATH 563 or 564 | 3 | CSP 571 | 3 | ||

SCI 511 or CS 587 | 3 | Data Science Elective | 3 | ||

9 | 9 | 6 | |||

Year 2 | |||||

Semester 1 | Credit Hours | ||||

SCI 522 | 3 | ||||

Data Science Elective | 3 | ||||

Data Science Elective | 3 | ||||

9 | |||||

Total Credit Hours: 33 |