Fees: $3,430 per subject
100% online and flexible learning
At JCU Online, our Master of Data Science puts professionals who recognise the power of data and numbers ahead of the pack. Fully online, this is an innovative and technologically dynamic postgraduate course.
Delivered by leading experts with deep academic knowledge and real-world industry experience, this online data science masters degree provides the foundation you need to open a wealth of opportunities in a data-driven world and progress your career.
Also available is the Master of Data Science (Professional) a four subject extension of the Master's program, which gives you a professional portfolio, further proving your data science capabilities. This portfolio is designed to give you the provable experience you might normally expect to work years for, helping you fast track your ambitions. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain real experience in data science by working on industry partnered projects.
The Master of Data Science welcomes applications from students who are able to meet the following criteria:
A Bachelor degree (whilst not a prerequisite for entry, high numeracy skills equivalent to senior-level mathematics that includes algebra and elementary differential calculus is assumed); or
At least five years of relevant work experience in an IT or data science-related industry. Industry experience will need to include some background in computing, data analysis or programming. Application based on relevant industry experience must be supported by a detailed CV and proof of work experience.
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Not sure if you meet these entry criteria? Our Enrolment Advisors can assist you.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
JCU Online recognises the value of past study and real-world experience. Exemptions or credits for elective subjects will be considered on a case-by-case basis, upon submission of verifiable supporting documentation.
You are welcome to contact JCU Online’s Enrolment Advisors to discuss your circumstances and develop a tailored program of study.
What you will study
Subjects can be undertaken across any of the six study periods throughout the year. With up to six subjects on offer per year, you can choose to sit a study period out to suit your changing personal and professional schedule and circumstances.
An interdisciplinary approach means you’ll acquire relevant knowledge from across the mathematics, information technology and business domains, delivered by experts in research, academia, business and of course, data science. This varied approach delivers a flexible knowledge base and skill set, adding weight to employability.
You’ll gain expert skills in programming languages including Python and R, professional capability in visualisation tools such as SAS and Tableau, software development platforms like R-Studio and Jupyter and experience on cloud computing platforms including Amazon Web Services.
Personalised support for your success
JCU Online’s 100% online Master of Data Science is backed by our commitment to personally support and encourage you for the duration of your learning journey.
You will receive ongoing, personalised support from your own Success Advisor, who will be there when you need them for assistance, and who will work to keep you on track towards achieving your study goals.
What's more, JCU Online’s strong links with the industry and research sectors mean you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network and explore new career opportunities as you work towards the completion of your qualification. With regular opportunities to interact with peers and academic staff, learning online with JCU Online is always engaging.
The field of data science continues to grow, and studying a Master of Data Science will give you an edge in this diverse industry. Upon successfully completing a Master of Data Science with JCU, you will have the skills and expertise to succeed in roles like:
Machine Learning Specialist
Chief Information Officer
According to Seek, the most common salary for a Data Scientist is $130,000¹. The Talent Data Science & Analytics Market Snapshot & Salary Guide states the most in-demand skills in this field include programming languages like SQL, Python and R, business analytics and machine learning², all of which you will learn in JCU Online’s Master of Data Science.
¹ Seek.com - Data Scientist² Talent Data Science & Analytics Market Snapshot & Salary Guide.
Craig Morgan | Master of Data Science
“I started my studies with JCU Online in March 2021, and Brett (Student Success Advisor) has been right beside me from day one. I always feel he’s with me – encouraging me, answering questions, helping me understand the unique processes of [the] university and reassuring me in a kinda positive way.
When Brett and I speak, I sincerely believe that he hears and understands the very essence of our discussions.