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Data Science, MS

Financing Your Education

The Master of Science in Data Science program awards a limited number of merit-based partial scholarships to incoming students. These scholarships do not require a separate application. All students admitted to the program are considered for these scholarships during the admission decision process. Applications completed by the early application date are given priority consideration for a program scholarship.

Estimated Tuition

The estimated cost of the MS in Data Science is $1,660 per unit for the 2024-2025 academic year, with a minimum of 35 units required to be completed for the degree. Program fees are subject to adjustment annually, and the number of required units may vary based on enrollment status. Please contact Aija Tapaninen to discuss the specifics of the program.

Program Scholarships

All applicants are automatically considered for program scholarships during the application review process, based on the academic and professional background shown in their application materials. 

Eligible students will also be considered for the following scholarships aimed at broadening the range of perspectives in the field of data science, and providing opportunities to groups that have historically been underrepresented in the discipline. 

Women in Data Science Scholarship

Women in Data Science Scholarship is awarded to a female-identified applicant and is aimed at addressing the underrepresentation of women in the field of data science.

Veterans of the Armed Forces Scholarship

Veterans of the Armed Forces Scholarship is awarded to veterans who served in the US military and would add an invaluable perspective to the classroom and to the data science field. This scholarship is issued by the MS in Data Science program and is not connected to the GI Bill. Interested students must complete the questions about their service status on the program application. 

The University of San Francisco and the MS in Data Science program are also eligible for the Yellow Ribbon benefits. For more information about the Veterans benefits, please contact the USF Veterans Enrollment Center.

Additional Funding Opportunities

Double Dons Scholarship

USF Alumni and current students can be awarded the USF Double Dons Scholarship upon admission. The scholarship covers 20% of the program tuition, and may not be stacked with other USF scholarship awards. Exceptions may apply.

Double Dons on MyUSF

College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Scholarship

The College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Scholarship provides $15,000 for their tuition to two awardees. To be considered for the dean’s scholarship, students must apply by the program’s priority deadline. Additional benefits include the Dean's Scholar kickoff and reception, connection with other Dean's Scholars and with leaders across the college, and the chance to serve as program representatives to USF donors and Development initiatives.

Craig Newmark Scholarship for Women in Tech

Craig Newmark Scholarship for Women in Tech supports the pursuit of careers in technology for female-identified students. Additional funding may be available for conference attendance.


All students in the Master of Science in Data Science program participate in our nine-month practicum. These projects may be paid or unpaid, depending on the placement, firm, and/or organization at which a student completes their practicum project.

Funding for Undocumented Students

USF Magis Scholarship for undocumented/DACA graduate students. For more information, please contact Lori Prince,

Outside Scholarships

Non-USF scholarship funding for women, US and international students.