Data Science, M.S.

Degree:Master of Science (M.S.)
Major:Data Science
Department:Mathematics & Statistics
Building 4, Room 223
850.474.2276
http://uwf.edu/mathstat
College:Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering
CIP Code:11.0802
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 30

The M.S. in Data Science (M.S.D.S) offers students who hold bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering or related fields an opportunity to broaden their knowledge in the field of data science. Data Science is an interdisciplinary field consisting of mathematics, statistics, computer programming, data management, machine learning, and visualization.  Data scientists are trained to capture, maintain, process, and analyze data from large and complex data. Students in the M.S.D.S. program will learn to extract and communicate meaningful information from data sets and become capable of communicating their findings in a way that positively affects decisions in business, healthcare, industry, government, and the defense industry. Graduates with the ability to understand and use big data are already being employed by institutions and industries including government, healthcare, scientific research facilities, and colleges and universities. Students who graduate with the M.S.D.S. will be able to manipulate, manage, and interpret data suitable to the employer needs. The M.S.D.S. program is designed for students seeking careers in science, industry, or government; or for students who plan to pursue doctoral studies.

Admission requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the applicant must meet the following minimum departmental admission requirements for regular admission:

  • A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in mathematics, statistics, computer science or a related field
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Verbal score of at least 150 and Quantitative score of at least 150*.

* The graduate admission test may be waived for the following: 

  • A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in a related field with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • A graduate degree in any of the sciences.

If an applicant does not meet the above requirements, they may be considered for conditional admission. Please contact the department for more information.

  • An applicant may be fully admitted if the student has all required undergraduate proficiency courses. 
  • An applicant may be provisionally admitted subject to completing the required undergraduate proficiency courses.

With the approval of the department, a maximum of six credit hours may be transferred into the program.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Students seeking the M.S. in Data Science must have completed the following courses below prior to admission:

  • Introduction to Statistics (STA 2023)
  • Calculus II (MAC 2312)
  • One programming course (such as Python)