100% Online M.S. in Data Science

Complete in 16 Months, No Coding Experience Required

Build Data Models and Communicate Insights

Merrimack’s 100% online Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) program develops well-rounded professionals with the technical, analytical, and communication skills needed to succeed as a data scientist.

Program Features:

  • No Coding Experience Required

  • 100% Online with Live, Weeknight Sessions

  • Taught by Industry Professionals

  • Competitive Tuition Under $21,000

  • Complete in 16 Months, Part-Time

  • 8 Courses, 32 Credits

  • Financial Aid Eligible

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The Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) equips students with the essential hard and soft skills needed to start and build a successful career in the field of data science.

NBA’s Senior Director, Basketball Strategy & Analytics, and Senior Data Scientist, to teach “Advanced Sports Analytics”

Josh Orenstein is currently the NBA’s Senior Director of Basketball Strategy & Analytics and Senior Data Scientist. He has over a decade of experience in the sports industry as a data scientist. He analyzed 3D radar data that transformed performance evaluation and development in Major League Baseball. At the NBA, he uses advanced analytics to improve the competitiveness of the on-court product, evaluation of referees, and evaluation of collegiate basketball players. He is also a Lecturer at Columbia University

36% Growth

Job Outlook, 2021-31
Much faster than average occupations (5%)


Average Salary
Data Scientist in Massachusetts


Best Jobs in America
Data Scientist

Nearly 200 graduates of the M.S. Data Science program are leading successful careers at companies such as: 

Blue Cross Blue Shield | Capital One | Cigna | CVS Health | IBM | Indeed.com| Liberty Mutual Insurance | Microsoft | Staples |  Thermo Fisher Scientific | Vertex Pharmaceuticals

What Our Students Are Saying:

“Data Science is such a broad field, but this program covers so many of the aspects of it. From machine learning to data visualization, you’ll definitely see how many different possibilities there are to starting a career in Data Science.”

Data Science Graduate

“You could tell that they enjoyed their jobs and that they enjoyed teaching as well, which made it even more enjoyable to go through the program when you’re getting that kind of energy back from your professors.”

Data Science Graduate

“This is what people are looking for – the federal government, local government, private companies … it’s where you want to be right now.”

Data Science Graduate

“At Merrimack College, you’re going to get all of the support that you would need to be successful in the Data Science program. As a starting point, Merrimack College provided me with some initial boot camps or training sessions to help me become more familiar with the course material and once the program starts, you are linked with a success coach who checks in with you regularly”

Data Science Graduate

Where Can A Master of Science in Data Science Take You?

Potential career paths for graduates of the Master of Science in Data Science include:

Data Scientist

$152,260per year

Data Engineer

$115,440per year

Data Analyst

$80,104per year

Source: Glassdoor.com, Obtained October 2023


“As a new manager with expanding responsibilities at times I’m faced with resource constraints.  The Data Science program has given me the ability to support my team by taking on some of the analytic work when we have resource constraints.  Not only am I gaining a greater understanding of analytics, but I am able to apply my new knowledge every day in the workplace.”

WILL LINDSEY, Manager of Analytics, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

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At Merrimack College, we’re proud of our long history of providing quality degrees to students entering the job market. Our faculty are more than just teachers. We are committed to helping you grow — academically, personally and spiritually — so that you may graduate as a confident, well-prepared citizen of the world.

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