MS Program

master of science in data science students

The Master of Science (MS) in data science program at the University of Rochester provides students with a strong background in the fundamentals and applications of data science, and is accredited by New York State.

The 30 credit program is designed for students with a background in any field of science, engineering, mathematics, or business, and can be completed in two to three semesters of full-time study.

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Program Components

Optional Summer Bridging Course (4 credits)

The optional summer bridging course is designed for students who matriculate without a strong computer science background.

Required Core Courses (16 credits)
Required Practicum (4 credits)

Practicum students work in teams of three to four to understand a sponsoring organization's business problem, clean and analyze data, and devise an appropriate solution. Students also explore ethical issues related to the use of data science, and give a final presentation to the sponsor and the class. Two faculty members from within the Goergen Institute evaluate the final presentation, which serves as the master’s degree exit exam.

Required Application Area Courses (minimum 10 credits)

Students must to take three courses, for a minimum of 10 credits, in one of the following application areas:

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

Students have the option of exploring data science broadly or earning a concentration by taking eight or more credits in a single application area.

They can also substitute an independent study and/or one to two internship credits for up to six application area credits. 

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MS Program Outcomes

Where are MS graduates employed after graduation?
Large Tech
  • Adobe
  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Meituan
  • SAP
  • Tencent
  • Thomson Reuters
Other Tech
  • 1010data
  • Batelle
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • ByteDance
  • FLXAI (formerly Rochester Data Science Consortium - RDSC)
  • MacroXStudio
  • Medalli
  • Udacity
  • Waystar
Healthcare
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Crossix Solutions
  • Dexcom Inc.
  • HCA Healthcare
  • MediSked, LLC
  • Oscar Health
  • The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center
  • University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Rx Saving Solutions
  • Springbok Analytics
  • Target RWE Health
  • The Rockefeller University
Education/Research
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Science and Technology Policy Institute
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • University of Rochester
Finance
  • Accenture
  • American Express
  • Capital One
  • China Merchants Bank
  • McKinsey & Company
  • UBS
  • Variant Perception
Manufacturing/Services
  • Carlisle & Co.
  • Corning Inc.
  • Criteo
  • Delta Airlines
  • ForeFlight, a Boeing Company
  • Hawkeye 360
  • L3 Harris Technologies
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Monsanto
  • MITRE
  • Paychex
  • RocketMortgage
  • Samsung
  • Schlumberger, Ltd.
  • Tencent Holdings, Ltd.
  • Thomas Reuters Corporation
  • Variant Perception
  • Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
  • Wyndham Destinations
What position titles did MS graduates obtain after graduation?
  • Business Intelligence Engineer
  • Cognitive Consultant
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Developer
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Integration Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • Junior Full Stack Developer
  • Lead Data Scientist
  • Machine Learning Modeling Engineer
  • Presales Associate
  • Product Data Analyst
  • Quantitative Strategist
  • Research Associate
  • Researcher
  • Risk Manager - Credit Strategy
  • Senior Business Analyst & Data Science Translator
  • Senior Data Scientist
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Talent Analyst
  • Technical Consultant
  • Technology Analyst
  • TECDP (Technology Early Career Development Program) Senior Analyst
  • Video Game Product Manager
Which academic programs did MS graduates attend after graduation?
  • Boston University
    • PhD in Computer Science
  • California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
    • PhD in Social and Decision NeuroScience
  • Case Western University
    • PhD in Computer Science
  • Cornell Tech
    • Master's program
  • Columbia University
    • MA in Biomedical Informatics
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
    • PhD in Political Economy
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    • PhD in Statistics
    • PhD in Computer Science
  • University of Rochester
    • PhD in Computer Science
    • PhD in Electrical Engineering
Where did MS graduates complete internships?
  • Amazon.com
  • Autodesk, Inc.
  • Corning
  • CuraCall, Inc.
  • ESRI
  • FedEx
  • FLXAI (formerly Rochester Data Science Consortium - RDSC)
  • Google
  • Kwai, Inc.
  • Red Horse Corporation
  • RocketMortgage
  • Simon School Venture Capital Fund
  • STEM-Away
  • System, Inc.
  • Tencent Holdings Ltd.
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • WealthEngine, Inc.
  • Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
  • WW International (formerly Weight Watchers)

Contact Us

For additional information on the MS program, contact gids-ms@rochester.edu or visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.