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Ready to Take the Next Step?

As you progress through and complete the University of San Diego’s Data Analytics and Visualization Certificatecourses, you may be looking for the next step to continue developing your new skillset.

Students who earn a grade of “B” or better in all four courses in the University of San Diego’s Data Analytics and Visualization Certificate program may be eligible to waive the six units of prerequisites for the University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Applied Data Science. By waiving these prerequisite courses (ADS 500A and ADS 500B), you’ll be able to immediately get started with the program’s foundational coursework, in which you’ll learn about the foundations of data science and data ethics as well as applied data mining.

If you’re interested in breaking into the growing and vitally important field of data science, this fully online program administered by elite faculty and supported by an Advisory Board of experienced practitioners from top companies will help you develop the practical and technical skills necessary to become a leader in your field.

With flexible scheduling for busy working professionals, you can earn your master’s degree in just 20 months. We’re now accepting enrollments for the upcoming semester. Contact us to see if this program is the right fit for you!

Program Snapshot


Total Units
30 Units

Cost Per Unit

Program Length
20 Months

M.S., Applied Data Science

Become a Premier Data Scientist Through This Fully Online Program

The mission of the Master of Science in Applied Data Science program is to offer a state-of-the-art online learning experience that will enable students to master the technical skills and soft skills necessary for solving challenging analytics problems seen every day in a wide range of data-rich domains.

The University of San Diego’s program differentiates itself from the best online data science master’s programs in several unique and important ways.

The USD Master of Science in Applied Data Science program:

Designed to be completed in 20 months over five semesters, the program requires students to complete 30 academic units plus 6 prerequisite units (note: these may be waived by earning a grade of “B” or above in all courses in the University of San Diego’s Data Analytics and Visualization Certificate program or by a candidate’s education and experience in mathematics, engineering, programming, computer science, and analytics). Of the 30 academic units:

The courses are updated regularly to ensure that they are closely aligned with progress and advancement in a field that is still undergoing rapid development. This includes ongoing consultation with a wide range of public and private sector stakeholders. The MS-ADS program’s Board of Advisors includes experts and managers from different industries.

Why Choose University of San Diego?

Top-ranked, accredited university

Aside from attending an established, prestigious university with a long history and a great reputation, you’ll enjoy a practical, relevant curriculum geared toward career advancement.

Enjoy Flexible Schedules

No time to attend class full-time? We get it. That’s why our flexible schedules are ideal for working professionals with a lot on their plate.

No GMAT/GRE Required

Unlike many graduate programs, we don’t require students to take the GMAT or GRE in order to be admitted—so you have one less thing to worry about.