The accelerated Master of Science in Data Science program is an opportunity for Loyola undergraduates to complete both an undergraduate and master’s degree in a reduced timeframe and lower total tuition costs.
Loyola undergraduate students accepted into the program may take a maximum of three graduate-level classes during their senior year as a Loyola undergraduate. Below are the recommended three courses that may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate degree program.
- CS703 Programming for Data Science (counts in place of DS303/CS403)
- ST710 Linear Statistical Models (ST310)
- DS851 Business Intelligence and Data Mining (IS358)
The following courses can also count towards both programs: CS737 (CS484), DS736 (IS460), DS739 (IS353), ST765 (ST465), ST767 (ST472)
To be able to complete the master’s degree in an additional year, two of the three courses taken as an undergraduate MUST be CS703 and ST710. It is recommended that students also take DS851 as an undergraduate. If a student has previously taken an equivalent undergraduate version of one or more of these courses, the graduate-level course may be waived as a requirement but must be replaced with an additional graduate elective.
All cross-applied courses taken as an undergraduate are billed at the standard undergraduate tuition rate effectively reducing the total cost of completing the undergraduate degree and Master’s in Data Science degree at Loyola University Maryland. The remaining graduate-level courses in the program may be taken following the successful completion of a student’s undergraduate senior year at the current Master of Science in Data Science tuition rate.
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Benefits of the Accelerated Master of Science in Data Science
- Complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in just over five years
- Students may count a maximum of three courses (9 credits) towards both their undergraduate and graduate degrees
- Application fee waiver
- Transcript submission waiver
Prerequisite and Application Requirements
All current Loyola undergraduates are welcome to apply, however those interested in applying to the program are expected to have successfully completed the following undergraduate courses prior to their first course in the program:
- CS151 or IS352
- ST210, ST265, EC220, or PY292
Students are also highly recommended to have completed an additional math course such as MA/CS295, MA395, MA301, or MA252.
In addition to the prerequisite undergraduate coursework students are asked to complete the online application and submit the accompanying materials.
- Online application
- Two letters of recommendation from Loyola faculty
Admission and How to Apply
Current Loyola undergraduates are eligible for the accelerated Master of Science in Data Science program. Loyola students are encouraged to request information before the start of their Junior year to allow for advisement on course sequencing.
For questions or inquiries regarding the Master of Science in Data Science please request information below, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 410-617-5020. Students interested in applying to this program are encouraged to begin the application early to ensure all materials and transcripts are received on time. More information regarding admission requirements are available on the admission page.
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