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Computer Science, Data Science Concentration

39% of Data Scientists and Advanced Analyst positions require a Master's or Ph.D.*
Maximize your options for employment as a data scientist -- learn more about our Master of Science in Computer Science with a Data Science Concentration.

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Degree Overview

The Data Science concentration offers the opportunity for students pursuing the Master's Degree in Computer Science (MSCS) to develop knowledge and skills in data analysis and visualization, database development, machine learning, and data mining. This concentration will provide an opportunity for the students in computer science who would like to pursue their career in data science and data analysis. It will also open the door for those who are interested in working with data across a wide variety of disciplines.

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The Master's Degree in Computer Science provides an opportunity for graduate students to obtain competitive skills and knowledge to succeed as computer scientists in the constantly developing high-technology marketplace. The data science concentration will enhance competitiveness and technical knowledge, and prepare students for professional careers in many aspects of managing, mining, integrating, and analyzing big data across a wide array fields such as business, medicine, bioinformatics, government, education, marketing, security, financial management, and many other fields.

Requirements and Curriculum

Data Science Concentration
Two-Year Course Rotation (PDF)

Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the field of computer science, mathematics, engineering or other appropriate field of study
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee

International Applicants - Additional admission requirements:

For additional information please see the International Applicants Guide (PDF).

International Applicant Resources:

Questions related to visas, I-20, OPT/CPT:

Office of International Education: 978.665.3089

Questions related to application/admission:

Admissions: 978.665.4399

Questions related to program requirements:

Graduate & Continuing Education: 978.665.3182

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Online and on-campus courses offered in the evenings with some day courses during the summer.

Total Credits

33 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Career Opportunities

Data science careers span almost every sector of industry, government, and academia, and include careers in manufacturing, construction, transportation, warehousing, communication, science, health care, computer science, information technology, retail, sales, marketing, finance, insurance, education, government, security, law enforcement, and more. In fact, according to the McKinsey Global Institute, the US alone will face a shortage of more than 150,000 data analysts and an additional 1.5 million data-savvy managers.

And, as of June 2015, the annual median salary for a data scientist is $118,709 according to Glassdoor. The average starting salaries for various data analyst positions range from $56,000 to $115,000.

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*Columbus, L. (2017, May 13). IBM Predicts Demand for Data Scientists Will Soar 28% by 2020.