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Graduate Program


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The Goergen Institute for Data Science offers a STEM-accredited Master of Science (MS) in data science, and an advanced certificate in data science.

Master of Science (MS)

The Goergen Institute MS program gives students the option of studying data science broadly or concentrating their studies on one of the following application areas:

  • Computational methods
  • Statistical methodology
  • Health and biomedical sciences
  • Business and social science

The program can be completed in two to three semesters of full-time study. Each graduate receives a degree conferred by the University of Rochester's School of Arts and Sciences.

Practicum Course

Through the semester-long practicum project, MS students get a taste for working in the industry, conducting real-world analytics projects using data provided by sponsoring organizations. Practicum students work in teams of three to four to understand their sponsor's business problem, clean and analyze data, and devise an appropriate solution. Students also explore ethical issues related to the use of data science.

Advanced Certificate

The advanced certificate in data science prepares students to apply data science techniques, including machine learning, to derive insights from large data sets in various application domains.

This program is designed for students who have a working knowledge of data science but would like to formalize their training and gain a deeper mastery of fundamental concepts in the field.

The program can be completed in two to four semesters of part-time study, and is open to matriculated University of Rochester employees and graduate students, as well as industry professionals with bachelors degrees.

Why Rochester

In the ever-expanding and evolving world of data science, the Goergen Institute aims to equip its students with real-world applied skills that are relevant to the world we live in. In addition to traditional, theoretical classes, students at the Institute benefit from a selection of pragmatic, experiential courses, such as Data Science at Scale and the practicum. These hands-on courses are created in collaboration with industry players to teach students the essential skills they'll need for their careers.

In addition, data science students at Rochester benefit from the Goergen Institute's unique position as the University's interdisciplinary data science hub. Students have access to over 70 affiliated faculty members from across campus, and frequently participate in research projects and collaborations while working towards their degrees.

Data Science students at Rochester also tailor their graduate credential to their interests and career stage. Master of Science candidates choose from a range of data science application areas depending on their interests and career goals. For the advanced certificate, students choose between three course plans, depending on their programming and statistics experience. With just over 5000 graduate students, the University of Rochester offers a top-tier, research university experience in a close-knit, community-oriented environment.

Related Degree Programs

The University of Rochester offers other degree programs that are tangential to data science. Applicants interested in data science may want to review these programs to determine which degree best fits their goals.

Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Simon School of Business

School of Medicine and Dentistry

Related PhD Programs

Students interested in pursuing a PhD at Rochester after completing their data science MS degree should review the following programs:

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Interested in learning more about our program? Review our MS and advanced certificate program descriptions, FAQs and application requirements, email, or fill out the program inquiry form.