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:

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 2024 - 2025 academic year. Courses marked with an *asterisk are core courses for the program and are required for degree completion. Register for the on-campus section of the course, if possible. Be sure to consult with your academic advisor, Jessica Goldfarb, before deviating from this plan. 

Fall 2024 Course Schedule (13 Credits)
*Grad 5100 – Fundamentals of Data Science (3 credits)
*Stats 5405 – Applied Statistics for Data Science (3 credits)
*CSE 5709 - Machine Learning for Data Science (3 credits)
*EPSY 5641 – Research Design and Management for Data Science (2 credits)
*OPIM 5605 –  Data Visualization and Communication (2 credits)

Spring 2025 Course Schedule (14 Credits)
*Stats 5410 – Statistical Computations for Data Science (3 credits)
*CSE 5710 – Data Mining for Data Science (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 19th: ISSS New Student Orientation - for international students only

Tuesday, August 20th - Wednesday August 21st: MS Data Science Program Orientation - required for all students

Monday, August 26th - 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.


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 5410 - Statistical Computing for Data Science (3 credits) 
  • CSE 5709 - Introduction to Machine Learning (3 credits) 
  • CSE 5710 - 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 5717 - Big Data Analytics
  • CSE 5050 - Algorithms and Complexity
  • NRE 5525 - Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • NRE 5585 - Python Scripting for Geospatial Analysis
  • NRE 5215 - Intro to Geospatial Analysis with Remote Sensing
  • STAT 5845 - Applied Spatio-Temporal Statistics

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.