Northcentral University

MS in Data Science

Northcentral University's Master of Science in Data Science program provides students the opportunity to study concepts and theories related to data management and analysis. Learn more about this online MS in Data Science program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS)

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the Master of Science in Data Science program may have some experience in data administration and should be interested in learning how to find innovative solutions to data problems. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The curriculum of NCU's online Master of Science in Data Science program is designed to provide a fundamental study of data science practices while preparing students to process organizational data and turn it into usable information. Courses include topics in quantitative research design, database design, and big data analysis. Students can also study common techniques used in data mining, using data to make predictions, and data visualization. The program ends with a capstone course where students will need to use all their gained skills and knowledge to complete a data science project.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Data Science:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Please contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (30 credits)

  • TIM 6500: Principles of Data Science
  • TIM 6505: Quantitative Research Design
  • TIM 5020: Databases & Business Intelligence
  • TIM 6530: Big Data Integration
  • TIM 6130: Data Mining
  • TIM 6501: Quantitative Methods for Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • TIM 6520: Inferential Statistics and Predictive Analysis
  • TIM 6540: Critical Analysis, Interpreting and Reporting Data
  • TIM 6510: Data Visualization
  • TIM 6590: Strategic Management of Data, Information, and Knowledge

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After earning NCU's Master of Science in Data Science, graduates could choose to continue their studies in a doctoral degree program. An advanced degree could be helpful for those who intend to pursue research or advanced management positions, or it could help students learn advanced data analysis techniques. Some of the advanced degree programs graduates could consider include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Data Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Technology and Innovation Management - Data Science

Career Paths:

Upon completion of Northcentral's MSDM program, graduates could have the skills needed to pursue positions where they process data or help organizations utilize data to make decisions. Some potential job titles include:

  • Database administrator
  • Information systems manager
  • IT business analyst
  • Data analyst

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