NCU Catalog - October 2020 
    
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NCU Catalog - October 2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Data Science, MS


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Master of Science in Data Science


Description of Program


The Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) is a specialized version of the MSTIM/DS program, mirroring that program, but focusing the introductory course and the capstone course specifically on innovation through study and practice in data science. This will allow students for whom the name of the degree is important to benefit from this innovative approach to studying data science.

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Learning Outcomes


  • Evaluate an organization’s potential for improvement in data management
  • Explain concepts and arguments associated with data science
  • Manage legal, ethical, and security risks in information systems
  • Evaluate the scope and impact of emerging data science concepts on a local and global scale
  • Formulate solutions to practical problems in data management

Basis for Admissions


Admission to an NCU master’s program requires a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited academic institution or an international institution determined to be equivalent through an approved evaluation service.

Degree Requirements


The Master of Science in Data Science is a 30 credit program comprised of 12 core credits, 15 specialization credits and 3 capstone credits.

Students assume full responsibility for understanding both the foundational, specialization and capstone requirements of the program. Switching programs after completing coursework may result in reevaluation, monetary loss, loss of credit hours and/or the need to take additional credit hours. Students’ Academic and Finance Advisors can assist with any questions related to program requirements.

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Science in Data Science for graduate course work completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better. Courses considered for transfer must mirror courses in the program. The Dean of the School Technology must approve any courses considered for transfer. See the 

Transfer Credit Policy  for additional information.

Time to Completion


NCU allows 5 years to complete all Master’s programs of 36 credits or less.

The median time to completion for this program is 22 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 16 months.

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