MS In Data Science

Kickstart your career in 12 months. In one year, you can gain the tools that will help companies, government and science make better decisions.

Program Length: 9-12 Months (All Students Graduate in August)

Tuition: $31,680-$42,240 (depending on academic background)

Next Start: September 2018

Students with a Computer Science background who pass the pre-assessment may have the option to begin in January 2018.

As organizations increasingly turn to data to inform decision-making, they are looking for professionals who can build the tools that extract, analyze, interpret and manage massive amounts data from a wide variety of sources. Data scientists uniquely blend technical and creative skills to create solutions that help a range of organizations – corporate, nonprofit, government – thrive and be more successful.

With the University of Denver’s unique one-year accelerated MS in Data Science designed for early career professionals, you’ll be ready for a successful career as a data scientist. With an explosion of job openings in data science —up 108% since 2013—you’ll be well positioned to pursue the “sexiest job” of the 21st century, as coined by Harvard Business Review.

*This accelerated program of 16 credits per quarter takes advantage of DU’s flat rate billing along with an additional 25% scholarship to represent a total discount of 50% relative to a typical Master’s Degree in Computer Science at DU.

Curriculum

You’ll learn and develop comprehensive data science skills and knowledge, including programming, algorithms, machine learning, data mining, parallel and distributed systems, and data management. Not only will you learn how to use existing statistical and analytical tools necessary for evaluating and interpreting data, you will also learn how to build new tools that facilitate the use of data in making critical research, policy, and business decisions.

Your learning will be reinforced with practical, hands-on team projects, giving you several opportunities to apply your skills to real world problems.

A previous background in computer science is not required to apply.

If you have previous coursework in Java programming, data structures, calculus, linear algebra and computer science theory, you can complete your degree in just nine months. Once admitted, you will take a placement exam to ensure you have mastery of the foundational concepts to ensure success in the program.

12 Courses (48 Credits)

  • COMP 3421: Introduction to Database Management Systems
  • COMP 4333: Parallel and Distributed Computing
  • COMP 4431: Data Mining
  • COMP 4432: Machine Learning
  • COMP 4441: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Data Science
  • COMP 4442: Advanced Probability and Statistics for Data Science
  • COMP 4447: Data Science Co-op 1
  • COMP 4448: Data Science Co-op 2
  • COMP 4449: Capstone Project in Data Science
  • COMP 4581: Algorithms for Data Science
  • Data Science Elective 1
  • Data Science Elective 2

Choose from a variety of electives, including Computer Forensics, Bayesian Analysis, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, and Programming Languages.

If you do not have previous coursework in these subjects, you’ll take four bridge courses that will serve as a foundation for your data science courses, and you can complete the program in 12 months. If you plan to enroll in the bridge courses, you won’t take the placement exam until after completing this coursework.

Bridge courses (16 credits if required)

  • COMP 3001: Computer Science Theory Basics
  • COMP 3005: Computer Science Programming Basics – Java
  • COMP 3006: Computer Science Advanced Programming – Advanced Java and Data Structures
  • COMP 3007: Data Science Theory Fundamentals – Calculus and Linear Algebra

With an impressive mix of full-time university faculty, you’ll learn from instructors who are on the front lines of data science.

“Data science is behind the scenes of not only executive decision making, but also in how groups influence other people’s actions.  For example, to create it’s purchase recommender system Amazon uses a sophisticated prediction algorithm that utilizes a customer’s wish list, items the customer has reviewed, and the purchases and wish lists of other customers who have reviewed the same items.  These recommendations have an impact on the actual purchasing decisions and hence the bottom line of the companies that make the products.  Further, using data science to influence others is not limited to business, but also occurs in politics.  The Obama/Biden campaign in 2012 used data science to predict ad placement and even ad content.  In part due to its potential to influence others, data science promises to be one of the most important emerging fields for the future.” —Scott Leutenegger, Data Science Faculty and Chair of the Computer Science Department

“Our ability to collect, store, retrieve, analyze, and act on unprecedented amounts of data in new ways opens up vast opportunities for data science-informed invention. Data scientists are positioned to build transformative innovations in areas such as medicine, energy, education, and the sciences at levels from collection of data to extraction of actionable information.” —Cathy Durso, Data Science Faculty and Research Statistician

Career

As organizations seek to build new tools that capture and make sense of tremendous amounts of data, data scientists are in high demand across all sectors and industries of the economy, commanding an average starting salary of $86,000 with an average overall salary of $129,000.

With an MS in Data Science from the University of Denver, you’ll be ready to assume roles such as Data Scientist, Business Analyst, Software Engineer, or Business Intelligence Director. Your work will include data mining, processing, data visualization, programming, and technical work that contributes to decision-making.

Admission

We’re looking for analytical, creative and solution-focused individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

The admission requirements to be considered for the MS in Data Science are:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the recognized equivalent from an international institution)
  • Minimum quantitative GRE Score of 156
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

To apply, submit the following materials:

  • Application Form and $65 Fee
  • Transcripts
  • GRE or GMAT Score
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Professional Resume

Additional Requirements for International Applications

  • TOEFL/IELTS
  • Passport

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Tuition and Financial Aid

All accepted students are automatically awarded a 50% tuition scholarship. With the scholarship, current tuition for the 12 course degree (no bridge courses required) is $31,680. If bridge courses are needed, tuition is $42,240.

Federal student loans are available for domestic students.

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