Master of Science in Data Science



$875 Per Credit

Big Data, Big Opportunities for You and Your Career

The world is generating data at an astonishing rate—about 2.5 quintillion bytes each day. Employers are racing to hire professionals who know how to interpret and extract meaning from data. The University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Data Science program is 100 percent online, designed for busy adults eager to learn how to clean, organize, analyze, and interpret data to drive business insights. Discover the latest tools and analytical methods to effectively work with and communicate about data.

Universities of Wisconsin partners in the Master of Science in Data Science include: UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior.

Program Description

UW Data Science Courses Feature Innovative Interdisciplinary Curriculum

The UW Master of Data Science program offers a well-rounded curriculum grounded in computer science, math and statistics, management, and communication. All course content, from multimedia lectures and e-learning tools to homework assignments, are delivered through the program’s online learning management system. You can study and do homework whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you.

Students in the master’s program are required to take 12 courses, including a capstone project course typically taken during the final semester. In the capstone course, students gain valuable, real-world experience through a fieldwork project. Projects may be at their current place of employment or with an external organization. Program faculty, academic advisers, and advisory board members are a rich source of industry connections for projects.

Career Opportunities

Discover Exciting, High-Paying Career Opportunities

Data science is one of the fastest-growing professions of the 21st century, with the potential to impact nearly every sector of the global economy. A UW Master of Science in Data Science can be the foundation for a variety of lucrative occupations. Many of our graduates achieve director, manager and senior level positions in an array of data fields, including:

  • Data Scientist
  • Business Intelligence Analyst/Architect
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Database Developer/Engineer
  • Healthcare/Research Analyst
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Data Warehouse Architect
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Software Engineers
  • Solutions/Systems Architect


To be eligible for admission to the UW Data Science Certificate program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission based on a review of all application materials.
  • Completed coursework in elementary statistics, introductory computer programming, and introduction to databases.

Relevant work experience in these areas may be considered in lieu of prerequisite coursework. If you are in need of prerequisite coursework, this pre-approved list of options may assist you. Please contact an enrollment adviser for details.

You may also need:

Your resume.

  • Two letters of recommendation (can be professional or academic),
  • A personal statement of up to 1,000 words describing the reasons behind your decision to pursue this degree and what you believe you will bring to the data science field. Space for the personal statement is included in the online application.

Aptitude tests, such as the GMAT or GRE, are not required for admission.

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