Take your career to the next level with the online Master of Science in Data Science from Loyola University Maryland. This master’s program provides the skills needed to become a data scientist. Students graduate ready for a career in the growing and in-demand field of data science.
What is Data Science?
Data Science is the field of the twenty-first century. It sits at the nexus of business, computer science, and statistics and as such, is a blending of the three fields. The goal of the data scientist is to perform analyses and make predictions using disparate sources of data. These analyses and predictions can help organizations and governments run more efficiently. The overarching goal of the field is the better use of information to make a difference in the world.
The Master of Science in Data Science offers students a thorough data science educational experience through a 31-34 credit program, 10 or 11 three-credit courses and 1 one-credit course. Students are admitted to the program in either the fall or spring semester. This degree blends computer science and statistics courses to render students adaptable to any domain with rigorous statistical and computational skills. In addition to courses in business, computer science, and statistics, students complete a one-credit design course for the research project; and a capstone research project conducted with a partner in local industry/government/non-profit.
Students who currently enrolled in the analytics micro-credential program or business analytics specialization will earn the SAS certification recognizing their ability to leverage SAS analytical tools for data preparation, analytics, and visualization.
- Credits: 31-34
- Delivery: 100% Online
- Cost per Credit: $875
- Format: Full or part-time
Data Science Specializations
The Loyola MS encourages students to customize the curriculum by aligning their course choices with personal interests and career goals. All specializations are available to students in the online program. We currently offer several specializations in a variety of top industry focus areas:
| 31-34 Credits
|The technical specialization focuses on providing additional training in computer science and machine learning.
|| The data analytics specialization allows for greater course flexibility allowing students to focus their degree towards data analytics.
| CS701 - Introduction to Programming (may be waived)
|| CS701 - Introduction to Programming or Program Elective
| CS703 - Programming for Data Science
| ST710 - Statistical Computing
| DS730 - Introduction to Data Science
| DS851 - Business Intelligence and Data Mining
| DS795 - Data Science Project Planning
| DS796 - Data Science Project
| ST765 - Linear Statistical Models
| CS737 - Machine Learning
| Computer Science Elective
|| Program Elective
| Statistics Elective
|| Program Elective
| Program Elective
|| Program Elective
A strength of the program is the required two-semester practicum, which could include a summer internship. The practicum is an independent or group project that uses the data science techniques acquired during the program in an applied manner to solve a practical problem with a local partner. In the first semester, students design the project and present their plan to the program's board; this could be part of a paid internship. The program director will work to develop opportunities by developing a strong advisory board, comprised of industry, government, and not-for-profit representatives. In the second semester, students implement their project and present the results of the project to the board for approval.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is projected to grow 22 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 3,200 openings are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
As a student and alumnus of our MS program, you’ll have access to Loyola’s Career Center, which is dedicated to connecting you with organizations in need of your expertise. Upon graduation, you become a part of our expansive alumni network in Baltimore and around the globe.
Admission and How to Apply
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