MS in Data Science
Student Information

A 30-credit, in-person/on-campus, career-focused data science master’s degree.

Welcome to the Masters in Data Science program at the University of Connecticut!  This website will provide you with helpful information to support your transition into the on-campus, 11-month, cohort-based, full-time program that provides students with a multidisciplinary, 30-credit, career-driven curriculum focused on foundational data science knowledge and skills. This program is eligible for F-1 and J-1 visa sponsorship and is a STEM OPT approved program.

First Steps

Be sure to look for an email from The Graduate School Admissions team detailing how you can gain access to:

  • Student Admin
  • UConn Email
  • Creating a Net ID
  • Obtaining a Husky One Card
  • Financial Aid information
  • Housing and Parking information

Visit The Graduate School's incoming student website for more information.

If you are an international student, you will also receive an email from the Center for International Students and Scholars regarding important next steps to completing the visa process.  Visit their website for more information.

Register for Classes

Once you gain access to Student Admin, you will be able to register for your first semester of courses. Below is the recommended plan of study for the 2023 - 2024 academic year. Courses marked with an *asterisk are core courses for the program and are required for degree completion. Be sure to consult with your academic advisor, Jessica Goldfarb, before deviating from this plan.

Fall 2023 Course Schedule (13 Credits)
*Grad 5100 – Fundamentals of Data Science (3 credits)
*Stats 5405 – Applied Statistics for Data Science (3 credits)
*CSE 5819 (Section 2) - Introduction to Machine Learning (3 credits)
*EPSY 5641 – Research Design and Management for Data Science (2 credits)
*OPIM 5605 –  Data Visualization and Communication (2 credits)

Spring 2024 Course Schedule (14 Credits)
*Stats 5125 – Statistical Computations for Data Science (3 credits)
*CSE 5713 – Data Mining and Management (3 credits)
*ARE 5353 – Data Ethics and Equity (2 credits)
Choose 2 Electives (3 credits each, 6 credits total)

Summer 2024 Course Schedule (3 Credits)
*Grad 5800 – Applied Capstone in Data Science

Important Dates

Monday, August 21st, 2023:
ISSS New Student Orientation (For International Students only)

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
MS DS New Student Orientation Day 1 (Mandatory for All Students)
Gentry 140
9:00am - Light Refreshments and Informal Meet and Greet
9:30am - Welcome Presentation
10am - Campus Tour - Wear comfortable walking shoes!
12pm - Lunch and Meet your Faculty
2pm - Guest Speaker: Nathan Lally from Hartford Steam Boiler about the Data Science Industry

Wednesday, August 23nd, 2023 - 9:30am - 3:00pm
MS DS New Student Orientation Day 2 (Mandatory for All Students)
Gentry 140
9:30am - Light Refreshments and Program Kick-Off - Bring your laptop and charger!
11:30am - Lunch
12:15pm - Depart for Team Building Activity - Escape Room at Puzzle Theory

Monday August 28th, 2023
First Day of Classes!

Academic Resources

Meet our MS in Data Science program TA, Sreeram Anantharaman.  Read his bio:

I'm a fifth year PhD student in the Department of Statistics at UConn specializing in irregular time series analysis. I have a Bachelor's and Master's in Statistics from Loyola College, India. I'm proficient in R and Python as I have been using them for my research, coursework and graduate assistantship. I have also been a teaching assistant for STAT 1000 and 1100 in the Department of Statistics. In my spare time I like to play video games and go on hikes.  

You can meet with Sreeram virtually on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4pm - 6pm.  Click here to join his WebEx.


About the Courses

Click on each course to read it's description in The Graduate School course catalogue. Core Courses are required to be completed, unless a new plan of study is approved by either your academic or faculty advisor.

MS in Data Science Core Courses (21 credits)

  • GRAD 5100 - Fundamentals of Data Science (3 credits) 
  • 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 & Management (3 credits) 
  • OPIM 5605 - Data Visualization & Communication (2 credits) 
  • EPSY 5641 - Research Design & Measurement for Data Science (2 credits)
  • ARE 5353 - Data Ethics & Equity (2 credits)

MS in Data Science Elective Courses (6 credits)

MS in Data Science Culminating Capstone Project (3 credits)

Grad 5800Applied Capstone in Data Science 

  • The culminating capstone project in UConn's MS in Data Science program offers students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired throughout the program to a real-world data science problem. Working closely with industry partners, students gain hands-on experience and build professional connections. By completing the capstone project, students showcase their ability to solve complex data problems and demonstrate their readiness to enter the workforce as data science professionals.

About the Electives

Electives are chosen based upon a student's academic background and interests. Keep in mind that enrollment may be subject to availability and completed prerequisites.  Below is a list of the most popular electives.  Click each link to read more about the course.

Popular Electives 

Specialty Electives 

  • CSE 5825 - Bayesian Machine Learning
  • CSE 5299 - Computer Networks and Data Communication
  • CSE 5852 - Modern Cryptography: Foundations
  • NRE 5525 - Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • NRE 5585 - Python Scripting for Geospatial Analysis
  • NRE 5215 - Intro to Geospatial Analysis with Remote Sensing
  • OPIM 5502 - Big Data Analytics with Cloud Computing
  • OPIM 5509 - Introduction to Deep Learning

Program Costs

Students taking courses in UConn’s on-campus Master’s in Data Science pay a comprehensive fee of $1325 per credit or $3975 for a 3-credit course. The total cost of the 30-credit degree program is $39,750. Costs of housing, books, and meal plans are not included.

Students enrolled in the on-campus MS in Data Science may wish to consider:

Information on the financial aid application process for Graduate Students is available here:

This program does not offer graduate assistantships or scholarships at this time.


Jessica Goldfarb
Academic Advisor

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UConn’s Master’s in Data Science full-time on-campus program is eligible for F-1 and J-1 visa sponsorship. 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.