M.S. in Data Science

General

Program Description

Program Details

The Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) is a full-time, one-year program housed at USF’s downtown San Francisco campus. The 35-unit program features a modern, open-source-focused curriculum for students who seek the technical expertise required to become data scientists and analysts, and the business skills to apply this knowledge effectively and strategically.

Courses Include

  • Application Development
  • Machine Learning
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Business Strategy
  • Design of Experiments
  • Distributed Computing
  • Deep Learning
  • Data Visualization
  • Business Communication

Data Science Boot Camp

The boot camp is an intensive introduction to, and review of, the foundational knowledge and skills required for sophisticated business analysts and data scientists. Students will take two out of three intensive courses in probability and statistics, computation for analytics, and linear algebra. Additionally, all students take a course in exploratory data analysis, which serves as our program’s formal introduction to the R programming language.

Practicum Program

Practicum projects allow students to work an average of 10-15 hours per week for nine months tackling data science problems at companies around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

PRACTICUMS

Amazon Web Services Partnership

The Master of Science in Data Science is proud to have our students develop software and run analyses on Amazon Web Services. Through a new partnership with AWS Educate and USF's Data Institute, each student receives significant support in the form of credits to gain significant and crucial familiarity and experience across the suite of technologies offered by AWS including RedShift and EC2.

Class Schedule

Classes are typically held Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with three to four classes running simultaneously each module (half a semester). One to two days per week are devoted to practicum work, which begins mid-October.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

As one of the country’s premier Jesuit Catholic universities, the College of Arts and Sciences pairs a rigorous academic curriculum with an urban, global perspective. The college's vision of success i ... Read More

As one of the country’s premier Jesuit Catholic universities, the College of Arts and Sciences pairs a rigorous academic curriculum with an urban, global perspective. The college's vision of success involves both the head and the heart, with outstanding faculty members giving students the skills and compassion to fashion a more just and humane world. Read less
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