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Applied Data Science at the iSchool

The master’s in Applied Data Science prepares students with the practical analytical and technical skills to apply analytical concepts to gain insight from small and large datasets. The curriculum offers an innovative blend of information science and management principles. While the overall program focuses on applications of data science to enterprise operations and processes, individual courses tackle data handling issues such as data capture, management, analysis, and communication for decision-making.

Ranked as Glassdoor’s No. 1 best job of 2016, 2017, and 2018, data scientists are critical to the success of any organization. As the data science field evolves, the demand for analytics skills continues to grow. Employers are actively seeking candidates with the advanced technical expertise to make data-driven decisions.

The master’s in Applied Data Science is a fully interdisciplinary degree and is offered in collaboration with Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management. This degree is built for those who have either a strong background or a strong interest in the applications of data science to solve problems for organizations.

The iSchool difference

Professor Jeff Hemsley

Faculty of one

The Syracuse University iSchool doesn't have traditional academic departments like most schools. Instead, we have a united faculty body with diverse research and academic interests that is committed to teaching all iSchool students. With access to a faculty of one, iSchool students have the freedom to explore and study all corners of the information field.

Applied Learning

The iSchool believes in teaching students the skills they need to be successful on the job market. The master's in Applied Data Science directly addresses the need for data science and problem-solving skills in business and academia, and Applied Data Science graduates enter the job search with a portfolio demonstrating their applied data science expertise. 

Student Research Focus

In addition to getting practical and on-the-job experience, the iSchool has an incredible number of opportunities for students to join a research lab or collaborate with faculty on their academic work. Students with a background or academic focus on data science will find their skills needed on almost any iSchool research team. 


What you will learn

As an ADS student, you will learn and experience the direct application of data science practices and principles. As you advance through the ADS program, you’ll graduate with a complete professional portfolio that demonstrates your ability to solve real-life business and scientific problems using data science.

master's in Applied data Science Online

Online iSchool students have access to the same faculty and degree as our campus students - it’s just in a different delivery mode.

The online format of the program combines live weekly classes, multimedia coursework, and collaborative group learning exercises. The innovative learning technology platform helps students cultivate lifelong professional relationships and personally interact with a worldwide community of students and alumni—all while having the flexibility to continue working full time.

Courses are led by professors who bring a wealth of experience from the field directly to the classroom, helping students learn skills that are immediately applicable to their day-to-day work environments.

Apllied Data Science Online

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How to Apply

We offer admissions for fall and spring semesters.

Visit the Admissions page for information on application deadlines, tuition, and more.

The application process for the online Applied Data Science program is different from our on-campus program. For more information, please visit the Admissions Overview page for online programs.

The Checklist

Do you have everything you need to apply? Use our checklist to know that you’re ready to begin your application.

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Learn More About Our Applied Data Science Program

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