MS in Data Science -
Talent Analytics

A 30-credit data science master’s focused on human resource management.

The University of Connecticut’s (UConn) Master’s (MS) in Data Science - Talent Analytics concentration is a 30-credit on-campus (Storrs Campus) graduate degree focused on data science methods used within human resource (HR)-related fields. Consisting of 18 credits of UConn data science core courses paired with 9 credits of Management (MGMT) and Operations and Information Management (OPIM) courses, the program culminates with a 3-credit capstone project. The capstone experience provides graduates with an in-depth understanding of how to apply data science knowledge and techniques within an HR framework.

Data Science and Talent Analytics - The Future of  Strategic Staffing

Talent Analytics digs deep into analysis of variables relating to potential job candidate pools, talent pools and current employee team metrics. Analysis of these data spheres provides invaluable information driving organizational success. Also known as People Analytics, Workforce Analytics, Human Resource Analytics or Human Capital Analytics, this quickly growing field of practice is extremely versatile. Talent Analytics is pivotal in the shaping of everything from HR planning and organizational attractiveness (employer branding) through to career paths design and employee retention.

Data Science competent HR Managers are the next generation of HRM Professionals

Far from conducting the work of traditional human resources specialists, professionals in this occupation do much more analytically-focused work. Traditional HR professionals typically recruit, screen, interview, or place individuals within an organization. Instead, the rich array of data that is now shepherded by the typical human resources office for small, mid-sized and large companies, alike, is a gold mine for identifying top talent that Talent Analytics professionals must uncover. We know that top-practitioners with specific skill sets are the key component enabling firms to survive and prosper within a competitive digital age. Many HR industry professionals seek to develop skills in database management paired with data science in order to successfully navigate the large computer systems deployed by companies to automate and streamline the talent acquisition process.

Graduates are well prepared for employment in data science careers in both the public and private sectors, including, banks, general merchandisers and super-stores, staffing companies, the US Military and large IT services firms. Related job titles include Talent Analyst, Talent Metrics Analyst, HR Analyst, Recruitment Operations Analyst, Talent Acquisition Analyst, Talent Management & Organizational Development Analyst, and Onboarding Analyst.

Core Courses

  • STAT 5405 Applied Statistics for Data Science (3 credits)
  • STAT 5125 Statistical Computing for Data Science (3 credits)
  • CSE 5819 Introduction to Machine Learning (3 credits)
  • CSE 5713 Data Mining and Management (3 credits)
  • OPIM 5501 Data Visualization and Communication (2 credits)
  • EPSY 5641 Research Design and Measurement for Data Science (2 credits)
  • ARE 5353  Data Ethics and Equity (2 credits)

Specialty Course (required)

  • MENT 5680 – Talent Management Through the Employee Lifecycle (3 credits)
  • MENT 5377 – Human Resource Metrics and Talent Analytics (3 credits)

Specialty Courses (elective: choose 1 of the following)

  • MENT 5650 – Interpersonal Relations, Influence, and Ethical Leadership (3 credits)
  • MENT 5674 – Negotiation Strategies (3 credits)
  • MENT 5675 – Business Acumen and Strategic Human Resource Management (3 credits)

Capstone Project

  • GRAD 5800 Applied Capstone in Data Science (3 credits)

Department Contact

Lynsi Vaitukaitis

Overall job growth - 10 years

Median Salary

25% Earn more than

public administration top industry jobs

Application Deadline

Fall 2023: June 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT.

UConn’s Master’s in Data Science is an 11-month cohort based full-time in-person program and is eligible for F-1 and J-1 visa sponsorship. Courses are offered on the University of Connecticut’s Storrs, CT USA Campus. This program is eligible for the STEM OPT extension that affords certain F-1 graduate students an opportunity to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT). The program does not offer graduate assistantships and scholarships at this time.