Applied Data Science Master’s Degree

Use data to gain insight and solve problems in the real world.

We’re living in an age where data powers our daily lives, and organizations of all forms and sizes are using data to drive critical decision-making processes.

Gathering this data raises questions about accuracy, privacy, equality, and ethics. Analyzing it requires deep analytical and technical expertise. And using it to inform decisions requires communication and management skills.

These skills have never been in higher demand. In fact, Glassdoor has ranked data scientist as the best job for the last five years in a row. Our program prepares you for this rewarding career, and is designed for students looking to gain data analytics expertise, whether you already have a background in technology, or are starting a new career path. 

As the data science field has grown, specialities within the subject are emerging. That’s why we’ve designed six tracks to allow you to pursue deeper study in a particular aspect of the field, including AI, Data and Business Analytics, Language Analytics, Data Pipelines and Platforms, Project Management and Visual Analytics.

No matter which track you choose, you’ll graduate with the data science skills needed to make an impact on any industry. Complete your program in as little as one year, and see where your degree can take you.

The ADS degree program is 34 credits and can be completed in as little as one year. The curriculum combines a primary core, secondary core (your data science track), and electives to give you a strong data science foundation with a focus of your choosing.

The 34 credits are distributed as follows:

  • Primary Core – 18 credits
  • Secondary Core – 6 credits from one track
    • Choose between 6 tracks: AI, Data and Business Analytics, Data Pipelines and Platforms, Language Analytics, Project Management and Visual Analytics
  • Elective Courses – 9 credits
    • Choose any course from an additional track for 3 credits or an additional course from their own track for 3 credits.
  •  Exit Requirement – 1 credit
    • Complete a required one-credit course in which you submit a personal portfolio of projects that demonstrate full competency of the learning outcomes to a panel of program faculty.

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As an interdisciplinary program, the master’s in Applied Data Science provides students the opportunity to learn in a broad range of areas related to data science. Successful students in our program will be able to:

  • Collect, store, and access data by identifying and leveraging applicable technologies
  • Create actionable insight across a range of contexts (e.g. societal, business, political), using data and the full data science life cycle
  • Apply visualization and predictive models to help generate actionable insight
  • Use programming languages such as R and Python to support the generation of actionable insight
  • Communicate insights gained via visualization and analytics to a broad range of audiences (including project sponsors and technical team leads
  • Apply ethics in the development, use and evaluation of data and predictive models (e.g., fairness, bias, transparency, privacy)

Complement your data science studies with real-world experience. From student-led consulting projects to research endeavors, internships, networking events and more, we connect you with the experts and the expertise to take the next step in your career.

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A vibrant learning community.

Connect with leaders in the data science field, forge friendships and connections with peers in your industry, and gain a lifelong network. Life here is active in and outside of the classroom.


Delve deeper, explore farther.

In addition to getting practical, on-the-job experience, you’ll have opportunities to join a research lab or collaborate with faculty on their academic work. Your focus on data science will mean your skills will be in-demand on almost any iSchool research team.


Build your expertise, and your resume.

Gain the skills you need to be successful on the data science job market. We work with leading employers like Microsoft and EY to ensure our program is aligned with what they are seeking in candidates. Here, you’ll engage in research and real-world applications of your studies that will build your expertise, and your resume.

Average starting
salary of last year’s
Careers in our field are ranked the
most in-demand and lucrative

The same faculty and coursework, available online.

As leaders in technology, we’ve been teaching online for decades. Our online program combines live weekly classes, multimedia coursework, and collaborative group learning exercises with a platform to help you cultivate lifelong professional relationships with professors and alumni worldwide.

You’ll learn from the same faculty and take the same courses as the on-campus program, and enjoy the same access to the Orange network when you graduate.

Meet us in Syracuse,
or online.

Join us for an upcoming event on campus or online and get to know us better. We’ll answer your questions, and show you around.

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Your future, starting now. Get it touch to learn more. Apply. And join us. We can’t wait to welcome you.