The online Master of Science in Applied Data Science program is ideally suited to those with a background in science, mathematics, engineering or technology, but is also structured to train those from other backgrounds who are motivated to transition into data science.
Potential candidates for the University of San Diego’s online master’s degree in applied data science include:
Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in science, mathematics, engineering, information technology or computer science
Graduates from other fields who possess technical aptitude in the above fields or others, including STEM, business and more
Mid-career data analytics, data science and computer science professionals looking to advance their knowledge and skills
Candidates who possess real-world experience will be best positioned for acceptance into the program. Please review the admission requirements below as you prepare your application:
Bachelor’s degree in a professional field (STEM) from a regionally accredited institution (official transcripts required*-see note below)
Bachelor’s GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Candidates with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 can apply, but will be asked to provide a Statement of Purpose.
Candidates with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 will be required to complete a standardized test such as the GRE or GMAT.
International students will require TOEFL iBT 83 (or higher) or 7 on the IELTS.
A Statement of Purpose outlining their overall qualifications for the program
Resume or curriculum vitae
Letters of recommendation
1 letter from their supervisor/manager and 1 external reference for candidates with more than 2 years industry experience, or
2 letters from external references for candidates with industry experience of 5 years or less.
Applicants are also required to complete an Applied Data Science Self-Assessment Test in preparation for the program. Your enrollment adviser will share further details about this self-assessment.
Please contact an enrollment advisor at (888) 832-0239 or use the chat feature on this page if you are interested but do not happen to meet all published admissions requirements. Our application review process always includes a holistic look at your experience and background, and we understand that a low undergraduate GPA or lack of professional experience is not necessarily indicative of your potential success in our program.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to regulations from the Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online degree programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. This restriction does not apply to applicants interested in a campus-based program.
Additional supporting materials may be requested by your enrollment advisor. Please contact your advisor at (888) 832-0239 if you are interested, but do not meet all published admissions requirements.
At a Glance
Earn your master’s degree online in just 20 months to position yourself for career success in the fast-growing field of data science.
Do I need an undergraduate degree in science or engineering?
It is expected that most applicants will have an undergraduate degree in science, mathematics, engineering, information technology, computer science or a STEM field. However, the program is also open to those with a bachelor’s degree from other fields (such as business, for example); such applicants are asked to provide a written statement on how their skills and experience are suited to the program.
Is a GRE or GMAT required for admission?
Candidates who have a GPA above 2.5 are not required to take a GRE or GMAT; however, a standardized test such as GRE or GMAT will be required for applicants with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5.
How many units is my program?
The MS-ADS program is a total of 30 units.
Students will enroll in two prescribed courses each semester for a total of 6 semester units.
How much is my tuition?
Tuition for the MS-ADS program is $925 per unit.
Does USD offer career development/advising support?
The University of San Diego is committed to steering you on a path toward educational and professional success. Right from the start, you’ll receive support and guidance from experienced University of San Diego advisors who are invested in helping you achieve your education goals!
I’m a skilled data analyst who would like to advance, will this degree help?
This program is uniquely tailored to meet the needs of data analysts who are looking to advance to a data science role at their current organization or elsewhere.
I’m new to data science, looking to change careers — will this degree help?
The USD MS-ADS program is extremely well-suited to professionals who hold advanced degrees in other disciplines and are looking to develop helpful expertise in data science.