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Data Science Program Requirements

The Master of Data Science is a professional master's degree jointly offered by the Department of Applied Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science. In order to earn a degree, the student needs to complete a total of 33 credits of coursework including a 6-credit summer practicum. A thesis is not required.

Applicants are evaluated on an individual basis, but are expected to have basic knowledge of discrete mathematics, linear algebra, probability, statistics, relational databases, and some programming such as Matlab, C++, Java, Python, or Ruby.

Every applicant who meets the deadline is automatically considered for a graduate scholarship. Departmental funding is awarded to a limited number of highly qualified, full-time students at the time of admission. If you receive a funding award, you will be notified of the award in your official admission letter.

Applicants lacking prerequisite coursework but who are otherwise strong candidates (i.e., with relevant work experience) may be admitted but would be required to make up any needed coursework. For more information about the prerequisite coursework, click here.

For more program information and answers to many of your questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

For more information, please contact:

Program Director
Shlomo Argamon, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Science
College of Science
Illinois Institute of Technology
tel: 312.567.5289

Program Associate Director
Lulu Kang, Ph.D.
Department of Applied Mathematics
College of Science
Illinois Institute of Technology
tel: 312.567.5322

Director, Professional Master's Programs and New Initiatives
Elizabeth Friedman, Ph.D.
College of Science
Illinois Institute of Technology
tel: 312.567.7973

For more information about Data Science at Illinois Tech, contact the Director of Data Science.