Master in Data Science


The MS in Data Science is designed to enhance and enrich training in the field of data science and to provide a rigorous depth and breadth of study for persons who plan to work as data scientists in industry or government agencies. The department offers two concentrations for this degree program, General Data Science and Mathematical Data Science. Mastering the tools that power the modern world opens the door to some of the most desirable, secure, and satisfying careers available, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Jobs of 2021.

In the MS in Data Science, we provide exceptional value with opportunities in and out of the classroom to gain the training and experience you need to advance your career in data science

Why Pursue an Advanced Degree in Data Science?

In recent years, the best non-medical jobs have been mathematician, statistician and software developer, according to U.S. News & World Report. Data science is the fastest changing field at the intersection of all three. Data scientists know how to find patterns in data that solve problems in business, medicine, science, finance, security, government and many other fields. Our interdisciplinary degree is available to students from diverse backgrounds. Many data science certificate programs teach only basic skills and mechanics for using software that will be out of date a few years later. We will teach you to understand how the mathematics and code really work, so you can create, think deeply and thrive in an ever-changing data science career. With a data science master’s from Tarleton, you will graduate with both the coding skills to expertly wield the data science tools of today and the mathematical foundation to master and lead their evolution tomorrow.

What Can You do With Your Master’s Degree in Data Science

Data is everywhere. Many of the world’s best jobs require analyzing data. With a master’s in data science, you can work in fields as diverse as business, research, government, education and medicine through roles such as:

  • Data Scientist
  • Statistician
  • Research Analyst or Quantitative
  • Business Intelligence Analyst or Financial Analyst(Economist)
  • Medical Data Professional
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Software or Systems engineer
  • Computer Programmer or IT Consultant
DataScience min

Estimated Completion

30 Credit Hours (18+ Months)

Application Process


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Careers in Data Science

Tarleton data science master’s graduates secure high-paying data science jobs with rapid career advancement, working for prestigious employers such as Capital One Finance, HAVI Global Solutions, Informatica and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. Others have pursued PhDs at Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Washington University in St. Louis and so on. In the past three years, 100% of data science master’s-level students found great positions within six months of graduating.

How Much do Mathematics Graduates Make?

The median annual salary for computer and information research scientists, such as data scientists, was nearly $120,000 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Course Highlights

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

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