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Data Science, MS


Students graduating from the MSDS program are embedded in the world's largest concentration of technology companies. Equipped with the techniques and skills necessary for data-driven decision making, our graduates are prepared for careers in a wide variety of fields with rapidly growing demand for knowledgeable and well-educated data scientists, engineers, and analysts. Our students also benefit from a robust in-house career services program, tailored to the needs of students preparing for data science roles.

Class of 2022 Compensation


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Top Employers

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Amazon Web Services
  • BlackRock
  • Capgemini
  • Twist Bioscience
  • Urbint
  • Workday
  • Visa
  • Walmart

Job Titles

  • Data Scientist
  • Senior Data Scientist
  • Data Engineer
  • Senior Data Engineer
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Model Validation Analyst
  • Empirical Research Fellow


  • Banking & Finance: 20%
  • Retail: 18%
  • Software: 11%
  • Consulting: 9%
  • Healthcare / Medicine: 9%
  • Media & Entertainment: 9%
  • Energy & Utilities: 4%
  • Transportation: 4%
  • Education: 3%
  • Online Recruiting: 3%
  • Other: 10%



For me, the program was the perfect complement to the theoretical foundations I'd developed through my undergrad, providing the transition to applying them in a professional data science setting. The program also offered exceptional support to the whole cohort throughout the hiring process.


Career Services

MS in Data Science students benefit from a strong in-house career services program as well as access to the Career Services Center provided by the University. The in-house program is built by our faculty specifically for our students. We offer the following services and resources:

  • Interview Skills and Career Workshops
    All students are required to complete 10 hours of interview skills training outside of class time provided by the program. This includes a series of workshops that cover job search coaching, resume and cover letter preparation, technical interviewing, salary negotiation, and more. Each year, the program invites alumni to facilitate mock-interviews with current students to provide valuable practice and feedback.
  • Faculty Support
    Student teams meet weekly with a faculty mentor to discuss their internship projects, and this also serves as time devoted to career counseling, interview coaching and advice.
  • Alumni Connections
    In addition to mock-interviews with alumni in the spring, students have access to alumni support through a series of small-group lunches and other events throughout the year.
  • Events and Networking Resources
    Every spring, the MSDS program hosts recruiting events such as employer info sessions, on-campus interviews and screens, and site visits. Our weekly Seminar Series, biennial Data Institute Conference, and Data Institute certificate courses serve as additional networking opportunities.