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MS in Analytics

Big Data Requires Big Skills

USF’s one-year Master of Science in Analytics (MSAN) program trains students to scrape, process, organize, and analyze large data sets to identify patterns and trends. The MSAN program delivers rigorous training in the mathematical and computational techniques of big data.

Our MSAN students are 100% employed within three months of graduation at companies such as Google, Williams-Sonoma, General Electric Software, and Uber.

A Technically Challenging Curriculum

The program's challenging curriculum features seven-week courses that were designed specifically for MSAN students — they aren't offered in other programs or departments. Over the course of a year, students master subjects from computer science, statistics, and management, such as regression, web scraping, database management, text mining, business communications, machine learning, cluster analysis, strategy, and interviewing skills. Students primarily use programming languages like R and Python in their classes.

The Practicum Program
Practicum projects allow students to work an average of 10-15 hours per week for nine months tackling data science problems at companies around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, including Uber, SurveyMonkey, Turbo Financial Group, Zephyr Health, and the Houston Astros. Groups of two-to-four students — supervised by an MSAN professor — work on a data-driven business problem and produce a defined set of deliverables. Learn more about the practicum program.

The San Francisco Advantage

San Francisco is at the center of the revolution in data science, with hundreds of startups and Fortune 500 companies up the street from our downtown campus and down the peninsula. It’s a collaborative and competitive environment that provides our students with distinctive professional and personal opportunities.

Conor O'Sullivan

Conor O'Sullivan, MSAN '14

“The proximity of USF’s downtown campus to leading businesses gives us the opportunity to meet and attend seminars by the country’s most talented data scientists.”


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McLaren Center, Room 250
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 5:45 PM