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Data Science, MS

USF’s one-year Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) program delivers a rigorous curriculum focused on mathematical and computational techniques in the emerging field of data science. The curriculum emphasizes the careful formulation of business problems, selecting effective analytical techniques to address those problems, and communicating solutions in a clear and creative fashion.

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The Numbers Tell the Story


Fortune best Master's in Data Science programs in 2022.


of graduates received an offer of employment within 3 months of graduation.

Technically Challenging Curriculum

Students master subjects such as regression, web scraping, SQL and NoSQL database management, natural language processing, business communications, machine learning, cluster analysis, application development, and interviewing skills.

Program Overview


All students gain real world experience for nine months out of the twelve month program (15 hours/week) tackling data science and analytics problems at companies around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.



Our faculty represent the fundamental multidisciplinary nature of the big data industry. They’re traditional academics and data scientists actively working in the field, using real industry experience to inspire their instruction.


From Info to Action

Data Science graduates, Danielle Savage ’18 and Cameron Carlin ’17, use data to serve the common good.

Danielle Savage

Amazon Web Services Partnership

Through a partnership with AWS Educate and USF's Data Institute, each student receives significant support in the form of credits to gain crucial familiarity and experience across their suite of technologies, including RedShift and EC2.

Data Science Boot Camp

The program begins with our boot camp, an intensive review of the foundational knowledge and skills required for success in the MSDS program.


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Ka Yam

Ka Yam

Class of '22

We have students from all walks of life, and so many students that don’t come from typical data science backgrounds. This program has really been so welcoming in terms of teaching everybody that is interested in the field."

Ka Yam

Class of '22

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Data Science, MS

Aija Tapaninen, Administrative Director
101 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105