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Graduate Program

Overview

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.

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.  

ROC Data Science is a Meetup group with members from UR, RIT, and other local colleges and businesses.  Its talks, tutorials, and discussions are held at various sites around the Rochester area - often at restaurants and bistros - and are open to anyone interested in data science. Visit their Meetup page for more information.

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 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.

Placement

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

  • 1010Data
  • Amazon
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Carlisle & Company
  • China Merchants Bank
  • Ellis Medicine
  • Google
  • IflyTek
  • Insight Data Science
  • Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)
  • Labware
  • McGill Metal Processing Center
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Pivmo
  • Soleo Communications
  • Science and Technology Policy Institute
  • Springbok Analytics
  • Stanford PhD Program
  • University of Rochester Medical Center

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 gids-ms@rochester.edu, or fill out our program inquiry form