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Graduate Program


The Goergen Institute for Data Science offers a STEM-accredited MS program in data science. This program allows students to study the broad area of data science or to concentrate their studies in one of the following areas:

  • Computational and statistical methods
  • Health and biomedical sciences
  • Business and social science

The program can be completed in either one year or one and a half years of full-time study. Each graduate will receive a degree conferred by the University's School of Arts and Sciences.

Practicum Course

Through the practicum course our students have the opportunity to work with industries to conduct real-world analytics projects using data provided by sponsoring organizations. Practicum students will work in teams of three to four members over the semester to understand the business problem, clean and analyze the data, and devise a solution.

Support for Studies

LibGuide for Data Science

Data Science Clubs and Activities

variety of talks are presented throughout the year that are open for students to attend to learn more about careers and research in data science. They included GIDS Speaker Series, CIRC Symposia Series, and career presentations from alumni and industry.  

The greater Rochester community has groups that pertains to individuals in data science and are excellent ways for students to network with professionals in the industry.  ROC Data Science and Rochester Python (RocPy) are Meetup groups with members from UR, RIT, other local colleges and various businesses. Their talks, tutorials, and discussions are held at various sites around the Rochester area - often at restaurants, coffee shops, company offices, and occasionally on our own campus - are open to anyone interested in data science.

RocHack is a group of hackers, engineers, builders, and friendly people who attend the University of Rochester. They organize Hacker Nights and the DandyHacks hackathon.

Graduate students are welcome to engage with others through the Rochester Data Science Society, which serves all students at UR who are interested in data science, statistics or other related fields.  Graduate students are also welcome to the Data Science Undergraduate Council at UR, also known as UR NoDES, organizes on-campus hackathons, discussions, parties, and other events throughout the year.  Visit their FaceBook page for information about the club.


Our MS graduate students have received positions at distinguished companies, government agencies, and universities, including:

  • 1010Data
  • Amazon
  • American Express
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Carlisle & Company
  • Corning, Inc.
  • China Merchants Bank
  • DriveInformed
  • Ellis Medicine
  • Google
  • HCA Healthcare
  • IBM
  • IflyTek
  • Insight Data Science
  • Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)
  • Labware
  • Lockheed Martin
  • McGill Metal Processing Center
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Pivmo
  • Rochester Data Science Consortium
  • Soleo Communications
  • Schlumberger
  • Science and Technology Policy Institute
  • Springbok Analytics
  • Stanford PhD Program
  • University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Western Digital

Related PhD Programs

Students looking to continue onto a PhD program at Rochester after our MS program can do so by applying to one of the following related programs:

Learn More

Want to learn more about our program? See our FAQ and requirements pages, email, or fill out our program inquiry form