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M.S. Program

The M.S. in Data Science is offered jointly by the departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Master's degrees require a minimum of 30 SHUs with grades of S (satisfactory) or at least a B-.

The M.S. in Data Science is a program that may be completed in as little as 9 or 12 months of study. Prerequisites for the M.S. in Data Science include a bachelor's degree in a STEM field, including Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Computer Science, or a related discipline. Applicants with bachelor's degrees in non-STEM fields can begin study with a Certificate in Data Science that, in an additional term or year, gives the applicant a sample of the program. The courses in the certificate, upon successful completion with a grade of B- or better and admission to the M.S. in Data Science, may be transferred to apply to the M.S. in Data Science program.

Requirements for the degree include nine courses, and must include:
  • EE 104 Probabilistic Systems Analysis (3 SHUs)
  • COMP 135 Introduction to Machine Learning and Data Mining (3 SHUs)
  • COMP 119 Big Data (4 SHUs)

Four electives must include:

  • One course in data infrastructure (including Computer Science 112, 115, 116, 117, 118, and 151)
  • One course in data analysis and/or interfaces (including Computer Science 152, 167, 171, 175, 177; ME 150; CEE 187)
  • One course in computational and theoretical aspects of data analysis (including COMP 131, 136, 153, 160, 236; Math 123, 126, 128, 152, 155, 158, 161, 162; EE 109, 127, 140
  • A final course credit may be fulfilled by a course in the practice of data science (COMP 154), or a master’s project in Data Science (COMP 283)

Eight more semester-hour units are required in categories a-c in consultation with the student's advisor.

One way of completing the program is as follows:

Fall:

  • EE 104 Probabilistic Systems Analysis (3 SHUs)
  • COMP 135 Introduction to Machine Learning and Data Mining (3 SHUs)
  • Data Science Elective
  • Data Science Elective

Spring:

  • COMP 119 Big Data (4 SHUs)
  • Data Science Elective
  • Data Science Elective
  • Data Science Elective

Spring or Summer:

  • COMP 154 (3-5 SHUs) or master's project in Data Science