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Online Master’s Degree in Data Science

Industry Aligned | 100% Online | Competitive Tuition

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Online Master’s Degree in Data Science

Industry Aligned
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Earn your Master’s in Data Science 100% online, part-time in 12-16 months, no prior experience required.

Gain the skills needed to move into a rewarding, high paying career. The online Master of Science in Data Science equips students with the hard and soft skills necessary to start and build a successful career in the field of data science.

The projects and coursework in this program were specially designed under the guidance of faculty experts and industry professionals to develop the data science skills that employers need and hiring managers are seeking. Be ready to meet the demands of a career in the hottest and fastest-growing field in America.

Merrimack College’s online Master of Science in Data Science program has been named in the Top 25 Best Value Online Big Data Programs 2022 by ValueColleges.com.

Coming in at number 10 out of 25 programs, Merrimack’s top ranking was based on mid-career salary potential, U.S. News & World Report ranking, and program tuition. Our industry-leading online curriculum is designed to accelerate skill and credential acquisition and propel you into a high-impact, high-paying career.

This degree is eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Contact us for more information.

This degree is eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Contact us for more information.

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Data-driven professionals with a master’s degree and advanced skill-sets are in high demand, earning significantly more than those with a bachelor’s degree alone.

Potential Career Paths Include:

Data Scientist

$120,966per year

Research Scientist

$123,826per year

Senior Data Scientist

$146,210per year

Source: Glassdoor.com, Obtained September 2022

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Data-driven professionals with a master’s degree and advanced skill-sets are in high demand, earning significantly more than those with a bachelor’s degree alone.

Potential Career Paths Include:

Data Scientist

$120,966per year

Quantitative Analyst

$123,826per year

Senior Business Analyst

$146,210per year

Source: Glassdoor.com, Obtained September 2022

Program Benefits

  • 100% Online
  • No GMAT Required
  • 12-16 Month Master’s Degree Completion Time
  • Competitive Tuition – 20k!
  • Multiple Program Start Dates
  • Industry Aligned Curriculum

What Courses Will You Take in the Master of Science in Data Science?

To earn your Master of Science in Data Science, students will complete the 5 foundational courses listed below, plus one applications course and a capstone for a total of 32 credit hours. Students with prior educational achievement or work experience can request a waiver of the required courses R and Python Programming and Visual Data Exploration and replace them with additional electives.

FOUNDATIONAL COURSES

Students will become familiar with the field of data science, its applications, and use cases. Students will learn relevant statistical topics with applications in data science.

Students will learn to write and read Python and R programming codes for exploring, summarizing, and visualizing numerical, categorical, date, and text data.

Learn to use industry-leading software to “tell the story of the data” by creating graphical summaries using Tableau and interactive dashboards using R Shiny.

CORE COURSES

Fitting and validation of multivariate predictive models focused on estimation of continuous or categorical outcomes, emphasizing statistical bases of models

Automated pattern detection approaches focused on unsupervised and supervised learning, feature engineering, classification, regression, neural networks

Data capture related rights and responsibilities, data governance design and management, data security and privacy, information quality, and the ethical aspects of data access, usage, and sharing. operational and experiential aspects of data governance and differential privacy.

APPLICATIONS COURSES

Use analytical techniques to convert social media data into marketing insights, benefits and limitation of social media listening, creation of monitors, discussion of standard social media metrics, market structure, consumers’ perception of brand.

Apply analytical techniques including multiple regression and discriminant analysis to predict player performance and team outcomes as well as business models for sports franchises.

This course is hands-on analytics of real-world healthcare datasets. Students will apply their modeling skills to real-life applications in the health care environment.

CAPSTONE

In this capstone experience, students take a problem through the full data science lifecycle using data provided by the instructor or a data set from an employer or internship. Instructor provides data and requirements. Students must complete six courses from the MSDS program before taking this capstone course.

In this capstone experience, students take a problem through the full data science lifecycle using data provided by the instructor or a data set from an employer or internship. Students provide their own data, or complete an industry internship.Students must complete six courses from the MSDS program before taking this capstone course.

ELECTIVES

Students will learn to write and read SQL and no-SQL queries. Students will develop an understanding of the design and function of relational and non-relational databases.

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the big data processing foundation and techniques. Students will understand basic concepts of parallel computing, big data, Hadoop, MapReduce, and Spark. Students will develop skills to solve big data processing problems.

Story-telling with data linked to maps, 2D and 3D spatial analysis using industry leading software ArcGIS, coordinate systems, projections, layering, raster and vector data.

Sentiment analysis with logistic regression and naïve Bayes; dynamic programming, hidden Markov models; encoding, decoding, machine translation.

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Merrimack College Accolades

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.

  • U.S. News & World Report 2022 #34 Best Regional Universities North
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  • Money Magazine’s Best Colleges 2020
  • The Princeton Review 2021 Best Northeastern Regional College
  • Apple Inc., Apple Distinguished School

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