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Earn Your Master’s Degree online in Applied 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 (2.5 quintillion bytes, by some estimates).
Motivated by the challenge of helping to train current and future data scientists for the important work ahead, the University of San Diego offers this innovative, online degree program — the Master of Science in Applied Data Science — through USD’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.
The master of applied data science program has been developed by data science experts in close collaboration with key industry and government stakeholders to provide in-depth practical and technical training designed to position graduates for career success in this vitally important and fast-growing field.
Applied Data Science Faculty: Real-World Experts
The faculty members selected for the MS-ADS program possess a unique combination of government, academic, and industry experience spanning enterprises focused on technology, engineering, business, marketing, education, and more.
“The demand for data scientists is swiftly growing across industries as organizations work to leverage data for empowered decision-making,” said Matthew C. Vanderbilt, UC San Diego Director of Business Analytics & Fiscal Affairs and Lecturer at USD. “The USD MS-ADS program strategically positions graduates to advance in this field by providing strong foundational and advanced analytics skills introduced through real-world examples taught by active industry experts. Students graduate with the technical skills to identify opportunities from disparate data, as well as the soft skills necessary to communicate actionable information.”
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Enrollment and Academic Advisors
Applying to a graduate program can be complicated — that’s why our team of advisors is here to help answer all of your questions.
When you first inquire about our Master of Science in Applied Data Science program, you will be assigned a personal Enrollment Advisor who will be available to answer your questions, help you assess your eligibility for admission, and guide you through the application process.
In addition, each of our graduate degree programs has an Academic Advisor, who is responsible for evaluating applications and admitting new students, monitoring your academic progress, and providing guidance as needed. Program Advisors also serve as instructors for their respective programs.
Right from the start, you’ll receive support and guidance from experienced advisors who are invested in helping you achieve your education goals!
Online Learning at USD
Designed for busy working professionals who want to earn their master’s degree while balancing the demands of work and family life, the University of San Diego offers convenient, yet rigorous online learning programs that enable you to achieve your educational goals on your own schedule.
As an online graduate student, you will have access to your classroom at any time and can view your assignments, syllabus, and course resources from any computer with internet capability.
The degree you’ll earn as an online graduate student is the same as that earned by campus-based students. The online courses embody the same learning outcomes, educational rigor, and high level of academic excellence.
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