Master of Science
in Data Science
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Machine learning. Neural networks. Artificial intelligence. What does it all mean, and where is it taking the field of data science? To address the spectrum of issues in data analytics, National University designed an industry-current curriculum that includes core courses in statistical topics as well as four specializations for advanced applications of data analytics in unique fields: Artificial Intelligence and Optimization, Business Analytics, Database Analytics, and Health Analytics.
NU’s Master of Science in Data Science focuses on how to develop, implement, and maintain the hardware and software tools needed to make efficient and effective use of big data, including databases, data marts, data warehouses, machine learning, analytic programming, and artificial intelligence.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $20 million grant to a partnership of prestigious universities led by University of California, San Diego, and including National University, Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Texas at Austin. Working together, the universities will form The Institute for Learning-enabled Optimization at Scale (TILOS).
Our five-year research partnership will focus on the optimization of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. We will work closely with industry leaders to develop optimization tools that will enable real-world improvements in key industries, including chip design, robotics, and communications networks. State-of-the-art analytical software will be used in all courses.
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Program Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of National University’s Master of Data Science program, you’ll understand how to:
- Integrate components of data analytics to produce knowledge-based solutions for real-world challenges using public and private data sources
- Turn information into actionable knowledge through a three-month capstone project partnership with esteemed partner organizations and businesses
- Access opportunities for professional certifications on SAS, Oracle, and Data Warehouses
- Evaluate data management methods and technologies used to improve integrated use of data
- Construct data files using advanced statistical and data programming techniques to solve practical problems in data analytics
- Design an analytic strategy to frame a potential issue and solution relevant to the community and stakeholders
- Develop team skills to ethically research, develop, and evaluate analytic solutions to improve organizational performance
- Design data marts
- Analyze complex database queries for real-world analytical application platforms
- Design medium-to-large data warehouses
- Evaluate machine learning methods and strategies for advanced data mining
Take the first step towards a career in data science. Apply online today.
Hear From Our Faculty
Watch our video to learn more about the MS in Data Science from Dept. of Engineering and Computing Chair, Dr. Ronald Uhlig.
“The design of the curriculum and the program matches what the industry is looking for: a blend of business, computer science, and statistics. The Master of Science in Data Science enables our students to apply statistical methods to solve real-world problems and prepare for careers in data science.”
– Dr. Jodi Reeves Associate Dean of COPS, Academic, Program Director, MS in Data Science
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Frequently Asked Questions
As part of an initiative to establish a series of artificial intelligence research institutes nationwide, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $20 million grant to a partnership of prestigious universities led by University of California, San Diego, and including National University, Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Texas at Austin.
Working together, the universities will form The Institute for Learning-enabled Optimization at Scale (TILOS). The five-year research partnership will focus on the optimization of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. We’ll work closely with industry leaders to develop optimization tools that will enable real-world improvements in key industries, including chip design, robotics, and communications networks.
The MS in Data Science program is designed for adult learners and can be completed in as few as 14 months. One unique advantage NU has over other universities is that we offer 4-week courses, and our admissions team reviews applications year-round. This innovative course design lets you start sooner, finish faster, and have the flexibility to juggle your work and family commitments along with your studies.
The demand for data-driven decision makers is growing every year. All corporate functions, from marketing teams to C-suite executives, are looking to data experts for answers to major business questions. Given that, a career in data science can also be lucrative. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*, the median salary in 2021 for a data scientist was $131,490 per year.*
A master’s degree in data science may help you increase your earning potential in this field and become a more valuable team member in any forward-thinking company.
Data analytics is a subset of data science (which includes a trifecta of applied statistics, computer programming, and domain knowledge). Data analytics entails looking at raw data from a source (such as a database), cleaning it, processing it, and transforming it into a form that can be easily understood by others.
Data Scientists create sophisticated analytical models used to build new datasets and derive new insights from data.
Data Analysts leverage data analysis and modeling techniques to solve problems and gather insight across functional domains.
Learn more about the field and what it’s like to be On the Job with an MS in Data Science.
Data science jobs help organizations make data informed business decisions in a number of areas in finance, accounting, marketing, information services, operations and other critical areas. Key skills associated with data science are:
- Machine Learning
- Data Analysis
- Computer Science
- R (statistical computing language)
- Artificial Intelligence
According to Emsi labor market analytics and economic data1, Data science jobs span a wide number of industry settings including :
- Computer and information technology (IBM, Microsoft, Facebook)
- Finance (banks and financial institutions like JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo)
- Insurance (Travelers Group, Humana, Anthem)
- Management consulting firms (Deloitte, KPMG, Accenture)
- Healthcare providers and systems (Teladoc, HCA Healthcare, Centene, Ascension)
- Biotechnology and pharmaceutical manufacturing (Johnson and Johnson, Bayer)
- Transportation (Ryder, Uber)
- Retail (Amazon)
SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (Report viewed: 2/17/2022). DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.
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*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program-specific requirements. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.