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MDS@RICE

Online Master of Data Science Program

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CREATE NEW OPPORTUNITIES

Diversify Your Career

Data scientists are not just statisticians, computer scientists or mathematicians, but individuals well-versed in all of these fields and their application to the study of data. Here's what working professionals will appreciate about the online Master of Data Science program:

  • Same online and in-person degrees
  • Multidisciplinary interdepartmental and intercollegiate instruction
  • Customizable, specialized degrees with expected completion for part-time students in 20 months
  • Best-in-class online teaching platform

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Applications Open

Applications Open for Fall 2021

Applications for the online master’s degree in data science are being accepted for Fall 2021 enrollment. All required application materials must be submitted online by July 1, 2021. To learn more about applying to our MS data science online program, please visit our admissions page.

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A Curriculum Designed
to Solve Business Problems

Rice's online MDS program is designed to support the needs of working professionals who want to apply data science knowledge, theory and techniques to solve difficult, real-world problems, beginning with raw and dirty data and ending with actionable insights. Discover the difference between the online data science masters and other comparable programs.

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Program participants will develop a graduate-level understanding of the computational and statistical foundations of Data Science. Through in-depth study, MDS students obtain mastery of either one of the core methods of Data Science or one application area of Data Science.

Upon completion of the program, alumni will be able to apply data science techniques to solve difficult, real-world problems and advance their career in Data Science.

You can complete the flexible online data science master’s program as a full-time student in one year or as a part-time student in 2 - 3.5 years, with degrees customizable to specialty areas of focus.

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Best-in-Class Online Learning

Best-in-Class Online Learning

Consider the benefits of achieving your Master of Science in Data Science degree online from Rice: a best-in-class flexible and engaging learning format. In our online masters in data science programs, your classes are led by distinguished Computer Science Department faculty and enhanced by interdepartmental and intercollegiate experts. Learn from professionals in small class groups and via 1:1 faculty interactions. You will gain real-world skills that support your career goals.

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Session 1 - March 10, 2021

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Session 2 - May 12, 2021

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Important Dates

We offer three intakes per year, so choose the best time to start for you:

SESSION APPLICATION DUE CLASSES START
FALL 2021 July 1, 2021 August 23, 2021
SPRING 2022 November 1, 2021 January 10, 2022
SUMMER 2022 March 1, 2022 May 2, 2022

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RICE MDS ONLINE

Industry-Leading Faculty

Rice’s multidisciplinary data science faculty are experts in a variety of areas, including computer science, statistics, electrical and computer engineering, and business. In addition to core coursework in programming, statistics, data visualization, machine learning and big data, our faculty will also provide instruction in other key areas, including:

  • Ethics in data science
  • Deep learning and network science
  • Image processing and medical imaging
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data-driven marketing, finance and operations management

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MDS@RICE FAQs

What does the program cost?

Students in the Online MS of Data Science program will pay the standard Rice University part-time rate of $1666.70 per credit hour. The program requires a minimum of 31 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.

Is financial aid available?

Because the online Master of Data Science program is a non-thesis (non-research) degree, Rice University does not offer financial aid or tuition assistance. Corporate scholarships are sometimes available, and all accepted students are eligible to apply.

What is the difference between data science and data analytics?

While the terms are often used interchangeably, there are key differences between data science and data analytics. Data analysts focus on analyzing vast amounts of data to discern patterns that can be used in effective business decision-making. Data scientists know how to develop and apply analytical tools and build automation systems and frameworks to structure data, mine it, explain it and offer insight into how the data informs business decisions.

Should I apply if I don’t have a STEM undergrad/graduate background?

Master of Data Science applicants do not have to have a computational background as the goal of the degree is to quickly cover foundational topics in computation, mathematics, and statistics. The program is interdisciplinary by design so that it has direct application for students across industries.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The Online Master of Data Science program can be completed in as few as 12 months, but is intended to be taken on a part-time basis. The majority of our students take 2-3.5 years.

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