Data Science Degrees

Data science is driving innovation across all industries.

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Term Start Dates

Fall 2024 Term

September 3

Spring 2025 Term

January 7

Summer 2025 Term

April 4

Fall Application Deadline

August 2


MS in Applied Data Science
August 2

Industry Overview

Data Science

Data science is driving innovation and change across nearly all industries. In the era of Big Data, the field of applied data science is focused on uncovering valuable insights hidden in the vast amounts of data produced every single day.

The need for skilled data scientists cuts across nearly all industries, public agencies, and nonprofits, with particularly strong demand and opportunity in such fields as: Financial Services, Health Care, Cybersecurity, Manufacturing, Retail, Media, Government and Military, Aerospace, Food and Hospitality.

Data scientist regularly ranks near the top of Glassdoor’s annual list of The Best Jobs in America (it’s #3 for 2020) and some years ago it was even dubbed “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century” by Harvard Business Review.

From an academic standpoint, data science degrees (especially advanced degrees) not only provide essential knowledge and skills, they are an important competitive differentiator in today’s job market.

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Annual median salary (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


Three-year rate of hiring growth for data scientists (LinkedIn)


Job growth in data science since 2012 (LinkedIn)

11.5 million

Estimated new data science jobs by 2026 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Success Stories

I’m thrilled to see this program come to life and excited to see what our students will accomplish. These skills are extremely hard to find and are sorely needed. I’m glad to see USD moving to fill this gap and contribute valuable talent to our community.

An outstanding team of individuals here at USD — together with an elite group of experienced data science practitioners — have put considerable thought and work into developing this online degree program. We’re extremely excited to deliver in-demand topics and project-based courses in a cost-effective master of science program to fully prepare students to be the data scientists of tomorrow.


A Degree to Be Proud Of

University of San Diego is consistently ranked one of the Top 100 universities in the United States.

A Smart Investment

Your career-building degree pays for itself in the workplace.

Career Advancement

Move forward in your current field or blaze a new career path.

Scheduling Freedom

Study on your own schedule – balancing school, work and life.


Your Future Now

Earn your master’s degree on a schedule that’s convenient for you.