Find answers to common questions about the University of Wisconsin online Data Science master’s program.
Why earn a master’s degree in data science?
Data science is a fast-growing field and demand is high for professionals with the skills to transform large and complex data sets into actionable information and competitive advantage. A University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Data Science degree will teach you how to clean, organize, analyze, and interpret unstructured data, deriving knowledge and communicating your discoveries clearly using sophisticated visualization techniques and other means. This degree can be the foundation for a variety of positions, including:
- Data scientist
- Data or research analyst/manager
- Data warehouse architect
- Enterprise strategy consultant
- Business intelligence manager/analyst
- Hadoop engineer
- Market intelligence analyst/manager
See our Careers Outlook page to find out more about the data science profession and opportunities in this field.
For whom is the program intended?
The UW Master of Science in Data Science is intended for individuals who would like to advance their education and careers in the exciting world of big data. Working parents, professionals, and veterans will find the flexibility of online courses to be especially convenient.
Ideal candidates will hold a BS in math, statistics, analytics, computer science, or marketing, or have three to five years of professional experience as a business intelligence analyst, systems analyst, data analyst, financial analyst, information technology analyst, database administrator, market research analyst, computer programmer, statistician, or similar position.
What are the admission requirements?
See the Application and Admission page for details.
Are there any course prerequisites?
The following prerequisite courses are required for admission to this program:
- Elementary statistics
- Introduction to programming
- Introduction to databases
Students must satisfy all prerequisites before starting program coursework. Students will not be allowed to take outstanding prerequisite courses concurrently with introductory program courses.
Program academic directors have the option to waive one or more of the above prerequisites based, in part, on student work experience and background.
If you are not sure whether you meet these requirements, call 1-877-895-3276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options.
How do I apply?
For details about how to apply, see our Application and Admission page. An enrollment adviser will be happy to help you through the process.
Do I need to take the GMAT or GRE?
Neither the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) nor the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test is a requirement for admission to this program.
What campuses are offering this degree?
The UW Master of Science in Data Science is granted by six University of Wisconsin institutions: UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior.
What is a “home” campus and why do I need to choose one?
Although you will take courses taught by faculty from all six partner campuses and complete your program entirely online, you will be asked to choose a “home” campus from one of the program’s degree-granting institutions: UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, or UW-Superior. Your home campus is the institution from which you will receive advising, career services, and ultimately, your diploma.
Is this an online program?
Yes, this degree is offered completely online; there are no on-campus meetings or requirements. Books and materials are handled through an online bookstore. For a list of frequently asked questions about online learning, please see our page, “About Online Learning.”
Are there specific enrollment/start times?
You may enter the program at the beginning of any term: fall, spring, or summer. Fall semester begins in early September, spring semester in late January, and summer semester in early June. View our Course Schedule page for semester schedules and a list of upcoming courses.
How can I tell whether online learning is right for me?
Check out our About Online Learning page and call an enrollment adviser at 1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276).
Who are the instructors for the program?
Courses in the UW Master of Science in Data Science program are taught by faculty from the six participating University of Wisconsin campuses. Online courses have the same rigor, requirements, and expert faculty as classes taught on campus.
What subjects will the program cover?
View our Course descriptions page for details.
How long does it take to complete a Master of Science in Data Science?
It depends on whether you choose to study full or part-time. The program consists of 12 courses (3 credits each). Students are encouraged to consider their own time constraints when estimating time to completion. Students with work, family, and volunteer obligations may require a slower pace.
How long do I have to earn my degree?
Some campuses do require program completion within a specified amount of time. Check with your home campus for more information.
Are internships a required part of the program?
Students are encouraged to participate in internships that provide opportunities to apply what they learn in work or field settings, but no internships are required.
What are the program’s tuition and fees?
Tuition for the online UW Master of Science in Data Science program is competitively priced at a flat fee of $825 per credit ($29,700 total for 36 credits) whether you live in Wisconsin or out of state. All courses are three credits. Textbooks are purchased separately and are not included in tuition. There are no additional course or program fees. As this is an online program, you will not pay segregated fees—fees in addition to tuition that cover the costs of student-organized activities, facility maintenance, and operations such as student health centers.
Can I get financial aid?
A variety of financial aid opportunities are available for returning adult students. Contact the Financial Aid Office at your home campus for detailed information.
Are there benefits for veterans?
Yes. Contact the Veterans Coordinator at your home campus for details.
How can I contact an enrollment adviser?
Are there ways I can support returning adult learners?
Yes. Visit the University of Wisconsin Foundation to donate online to the Adult Student Scholarship Fund. Click the link for “Adult and Nontraditional Student Scholarships.”
Are you ready to get started?
Enrollment advisers are available Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, or by appointment.