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  • Online Master’s Degree in Data Science

    Master of Science in Data Science

    Stand out in one of the fastest growing fields in today’s job market with Drexel University’s online Master’s degree in Data Science. In this program, you’ll focus on helping your company solve problems by creating machine learning algorithms to examine and manipulate data. The interdisciplinary curriculum ensures you’ll be prepared with the wide-ranging skills you need on the job, so you’ll emerge workplace-ready and experienced with the relevant industry technology. Apply the skills you learn across a variety of fields, from banking to healthcare and everything in between.

    About the online MS in Data Science

    Drexel’s online data science master’s is a compilation of computer science and information systems. Throughout your courses, you’ll learn to manipulate and summarize data; dig deeper into data and text mining; determine trends; and craft your findings into a story that can be clearly communicated to your organization.

    In addition to your core classes, you have the option of choosing between three elective tracks:

    • Analytics, Mining, and Algorithms
    • Visualization and Communication
    • Management and Accountability

    The program culminates with a capstone project.

    The online MS in Data Science is housed in Drexel’s College of Computing and Informatics (CCI). Drexel’s CCI is a founder and leading institution in the National Science Foundation’s primary big data Industry University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC), the Center for Visualization and Decision Informatics. In addition to learning from CCI faculty, you’ll have the opportunity to take classes throughout Drexel’s colleges, making it a truly interdisciplinary degree.

    What is Data Science?

    Businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on professionals who can make sense of the mass amounts of data they acquire every day. For data scientists, the key to this is tool creation: creating new processes, algorithms and products that can mine and analyze that data to help their companies make strategic decisions. Along with using machine learning and coding to problem solve, data scientists rely on their math, technology and business skills to effectively extract meaning from data.

    What is the difference between data science and data analytics?

    Though many use the terms interchangeably, there is a big difference between data science and data analytics. Data analysts do what their name implies: they analyze large amounts of data to try and find patterns that can inform their organizations’ future decisions. Data scientists, on the other hand, are much more focused on technology. They design, develop and use tools to help in sifting through data, then present their findings to help their organizations make strategic decisions.

    Who should earn a Master’s Degree in Data Science?

    It’s a common misconception that data science degrees are only for people with a technology background. In fact, anyone with good quantitative abilities can pursue a data science degree. Drexel’s online master’s degree in data science is designed for working professionals who are interested in building on their existing skills to become leaders in the data science field. The program aims to make you workplace-ready by combining foundation knowledge, applied training and computational problem-solving to help you excel in the field.

    What salary can I earn with a Master’s Degree in Data Science?

    According to a 2017 IBM report, data science and analytics (DSA) job openings are expected to grow by 15% by 2020, with prospects specifically for data scientists and advanced analysts growing by 28%. However, DSA jobs remain some of the hardest positions to fill, staying on the market almost a week longer than the average posting. The reason? There’s a shortage of professionals with the education and experience needed to fill key roles, with 39% of data scientist and advanced analyst roles requiring a graduate-level degree.

    Job Title


    Data Scientist


    Computer and Information Research Scientist


    Computer Systems Analyst


    Market Research Analyst


    Operations Research Analyst


    *Data from Wanted Analytics

    Related Programs

    Drexel University also offers two online data science certificates. The online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Data Science focuses on applied techniques and covers topics such as data organization and stewardship, mining, retrieval, visualization, and analytics. The online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computational Data Science focuses on computational and systems issues through a deeply-technical curriculum to provide the necessary quantitative skills needed to become a leader in the industry.

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You may transfer up to 9 approved credits (3 courses) into the program.

    Required Courses  
    DSCI 501 Data Science I 3.0
    DSCI 502 Data Science II 3.0
    DSCI 591 Capstone I-II 6.0
    Concentration/Elective Courses* 33.0
    Select three courses from each concentration area. Two additional courses may be chosen from any concentration as free electives.  
    Analytics, Mining, and Algorithms Concentration  
    INFO 624 Information Retrieval Systems  
    INFO 634 Data Mining  
    INFO 659 Introduction to Data Analytics  
    INFO xxx Social Network Analytics  
    CS 510 Artificial Intelligence  
    CS 520 Computer Science Foundations  
    CS 540 High Performance Computing  
    CS 570 Programming Foundations  
    CS 571 Advanced Programming Techniques  
    CS 613 Machine Learning  
    CS 676 Parallel Programming  
    CS xxx Deep Learning  
    CS xxx Data Analysis at Scale  
    Visualization and Communication Concentration  
    INFO 608 Introduction to Database Management  
    INFO 610 Human-Computer Interaction  
    INFO 611 Information Systems Analysis and Design  
    INFO 633 Requirements Engineering and Management  
    INFO 648 Software Project Management  
    INFO 679 Information Systems Management  
    CS 530 Introduction to Database Management  
    CS 537 Human-Computer Interaction  
    CS 583 Information Systems Analysis and Design  
    CS 630 Requirements Engineering and Management  
    Management and Accountability Concentration  
    INFO 590 Organization of Data and Information  
    INFO 591 Data and Digital Stewardship  
    INFO 605 Introduction to Database Management  
    INFO 606 Advanced Database Management  
    INFO 607 Applied Database Technologies  
    INFO 712 Information Assurance  
    CS 500 Fundamentals of Databases  
    CS 578 Security Engineering  
    CS 590 Privacy  
    CS 6xx Responsible Data Analysis  
    Total Credits 45.0

    *Courses still in development

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
      • Those without a prior degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Math (plus programming) may have to take additional prerequisites before pursuing advanced computer science courses
    • 3.0 GPA preferred in a prior completed degree, bachelors or above

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
    • One letter of recommendation, two suggested (academic, professional, or both)
    • Essay/Statement of Purpose
      • In approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success, and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you.
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $1265 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2018-2019 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019

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