Master of Science — Online

Program Overview

The same faculty, the same coursework—but online

The data science material you’ll cover in your online master’s degree is the same coursework our residential M.S. students complete, and it’s led by the same expert faculty.

In the online data science master’s, lectures are recorded and posted each week for you to watch at your convenience. Faculty also host virtual office hours, group chats, and guided discussions to ensure your learning is interactive and that the content keeps you engaged and connected.

KC Munnings

I'm most surprised by how engaging the faculty are online. They’re as accessible and approachable as you would expect in a residential setting.

KC Munnings, M.S. in Data Science—Online

Degree Requirements

Before applying to the online M.S. in Data Science program, you should have a basic understanding of the programming languages Python and R, in addition to math and probability.

If you need assistance developing or refining your mathematical or programming skills in addition to your academic background, please refer to our preparatory resources for a detailed list of self-study recommendations.

To earn the online master’s in data science, you’ll complete 30 graduate-level credits. Degree requirements include:

  • 6 core credits
  • 6 domain area credits
  • 3 capstone project credits
  • 15 electives
A pie chart with electives, capstone, core, and domain area sections

All degree requirements for the online master’s in data science program are listed in the Luddy academic bulletin. To review your specific requirements, choose the bulletin year that best represents the year you started or will start your program.

Customize your online data science degree based on your goals

In addition to the core requirements, the online master's in data science program incorporates an independent capstone project, free elective credits, and the ability to focus your degree in a specialized area of the field.

You’ll choose to focus your online M.S. in Data Science in one of three domain areas:

  • Data analytics and visualization
  • Intelligent systems engineering
  • Cybersecurity

A broad range of elective courses provides further opportunities to customize your degree and learn more about topics such as machine learning in bioinformatics, social media mining, data analysis in public affairs, and more.

Data Science Research and Career-Driven Capstone

An ideal way to demonstrate your data science skills to future employers is to have experience working on actual projects with real-world clients.

The built-in capstone course requirement will allow you to put into practice what you’ve learned through creating a final project or by conducting a deep dive into an independent data science research initiative.

Learn more about Luddy’s robust data science research approach and the new Faculty Assistance in Data Science program.

Apply to the Online M.S. in Data Science

Your tomorrow starts now

The online master’s in data science degree program at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering is a flexible way to gain the advanced skills in data science you need to achieve your career goals at any pace.

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