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Data Science, MS

Master of Science

Enormous amounts of data are generated every day in a range of areas such as social media, search engines, insurance companies, healthcare organizations, hospitals, defense, retail, and many others. Data science focuses on analyzing, visualizing, and reporting these data to add great value across a range of sectors. Data science is a rapidly growing, high-paying field. There is a projected shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills, as well as a shortage of 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.

The IU Online Master of Science in Data Science is an interdisciplinary program that exposes you to courses in computer science, informatics, information science, library science, and statistics. The program offers two paths through the degree a technical path and a decision-maker path allowing you to easily customize the program to meet your professional goals.

Technical Path

The technical path provides you the skills to create tools to capture and analyze massive amounts of data across a range of organizations. You will learn to develop code that unlocks the power of data.

Decision-Maker Path

The decision-maker path will provide you the skills to take massive amounts of data, analyze them, communicate them in ways that are visually engaging and easily understandable, and make decisions for your organization.

Your IU Online MS in Data Science prepares you for such careers as:

  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Data mining engineer
  • Data architect
  • Data scientist
  • Analytics manager
  • Research analyst
  • Statistician

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the MS in Data Science, you must complete 30 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Data science core courses (15 credit hours)
  • Data science elective courses (15 credit hours)


  • Statistics3 Credits
  • Machine Learning, Data Mining, Text Mining6 Credits
  • Data Engineering and Stewardship3 Credits
  • Visualization and Storytelling3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $428.56
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1285.68
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1360.92
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4082.76

-Rate is determined by program of enrollment.

-Additional fees will apply.

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