Data Science

Major: Data Science
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 11.0199
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 15-1111

About the Program

The Master of Science in Data Science program provides a strong foundation in the emerging area of data science with foci on data management and accountability, visualization and communication, and computational, algorithmic, and applied processing techniques. Students gain competency in fundamental methods and techniques for data collection, management, analysis, and result interpretation. Their fundamental understanding and skills will be applied to real-world data analysis tasks through state-of-the-art technologies, tools, and platforms.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Data Science accepts applicants who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Please visit the College of Computing & Informatics website for more information on admission requirements. 

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) website.

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses
DSCI 511Data Acquisition and Pre-Processing3.0
DSCI 521Data Analysis and Interpretation3.0
DSCI 591Data Science Capstone I3.0
DSCI 592Data Science Capstone II3.0
DSCI 631Applied Machine Learning for Data Science3.0
Analytics Electives6.0
Choose 2 of the following:
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Introduction to Computer Vision
Machine Learning
Deep Learning
Data Analysis at Scale
Quantitative Foundations of Data Science
Applied Cloud Computing
Natural Language Processing with Deep Learning
Social Network Analytics
Information Retrieval Systems
Introduction to Data Analytics
Algorithms Elective3.0
Choose 1 of the following:
Computer Science Foundations
Data Structures and Algorithms I
High Performance Computing
Programming Foundations
Advanced Programming Techniques
Distributed Systems Software
Parallel Programming
Visualization and Communication Elective3.0
Choose 1 of the following:
Developing User Interfaces
Interactive Computer Graphics
Cognitive Systems
Human-Computer Interaction
Information Visualization
Healthcare Informatics
Understanding Users: User Experience Research Methods
Prototyping the User Experience
Information Policy and Ethics
Management and Accountability Elective3.0
Choose 1 of the following:
Fundamentals of Databases
Responsible Data Analysis
Foundations of Data and Information
Data and Digital Stewardship
Database Management Systems
Advanced Database Management
Applied Database Technologies
Metadata and Resource Description
Information Assurance
Security Engineering
Additional Electives15.0
Choose 5 courses from the above elective areas not used to fulfill the concentration requirement
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
CS 5703.0DSCI 5013.0DSCI 6313.0Analytics Elective3.0
DSCI 5113.0DSCI 5213.0Analytics Elective3.0Algorithms Elective3.0
 6 6 6 6
Second Year
Visualization and Communication Elective3.0Elective6.0DSCI 5913.0DSCI 5923.0
Management and Accountability Elective3.0 Elective3.0 
 6 6 6 3
Total Credits 45


3675 Market Street

In March 2019, the College of Computing & Informatics relocated to 3675 Market. For the first time in the College's history, all CCI faculty, students and professional staff are housed under one roof. Occupying two floors in the brand new uCity Square building, CCI's new home offers state-of-the-art technology in our classrooms, labs, meeting areas and collaboration spaces. 3675 Market offers Class A laboratory, office, coworking, and convening spaces. In fall 2019, the College will open a third floor which will include additional offices, classrooms, a research lab, a maker space, and a ground-breaking DXC Technology Innovation Lab. Located at the intersection of Market Street and 37th Street, 3675 Market will act as a physical nexus, bridging academic campuses and medical centers to the east and south, the commercial corridors along Market Street and Chestnut Street, and the residential communities to the north and west.

The uCity Square building offers:

  • Speculative lab/office space
  • World-class facilities operated by CIC
  • Café/restaurant on-site
  • Quorum, a two-story, 15K SF convening space and conference center
  • Adjacent to future public square
  • Access to Science Center’s nationally renowned business acceleration and technology commercialization programs

Drexel University Libraries

Drexel University Libraries is a learning enterprise, advancing the University’s academic mission through serving as educators, supporting education and research, collaborating with researchers, and fostering intentional learning outside of the classroom. Drexel University Libraries engages with Drexel communities through three physical locations, including W. W. Hagerty Library,  Queen Lane Library, and the Library Learning Terrace, as well as a vibrant online presence which sees, on average, over 8,000 visits per day. In the W.W. Hagerty Library location, College of Computing & Informatics students have access to private study rooms and nearly half a million books, periodicals, DVDs, videos and University Archives. All fields of inquiry are covered, including: library and information science, computer science, software engineering, health informatics, information systems, and computing technology. Resources are available online at or in-person at W. W. Hagerty Library.

The Libraries also make available laptop and desktop PC and Mac computers, printers and scanners, spaces for quiet work or group projects and designated 24/7 spaces. Librarians and library staff—including a liaison librarian for computing and informatics—are available for individual research consultations and to answer questions about materials or services.

CCI Commons

Located on the 10th floor of 3675 Market Street, the CCI Commons is an open lab and collaborative work environment for students. It features desktop computers, a wireless/laptop area, free black and white printing, and more collaborative space for its students. Students have access to 3675 Market's fully equipped conference room with 42” displays and videoconferencing capabilities. The CCI Commons provides technical support to students, faculty, and professional staff. In addition, the staff provides audio-visual support for all presentation classrooms within 3675 Market. Use of the CCI Commons is reserved for all students taking CCI courses.

The computers for general use are Microsoft Windows and Macintosh OSX machines with appropriate applications which include the Microsoft Office suite, various database management systems, modeling tools, and statistical analysis software. Library related resources may be accessed at the CCI Commons and through the W.W. Hagerty Library. The College is a member of the Rational SEED Program which provides cutting-edge software development and project management software for usage in the CCI Commons and CCI classrooms. The College is also a member of the Microsoft Academic Alliance known also as “DreamSpark” that allows students free access to a wide array of Microsoft software titles and operating systems.

The CCI Commons, student labs, and classrooms have access to networked databases, print and file resources within the College, and the Internet via the University’s network. Email accounts, Internet and BannerWeb access are available through the Office of Information Resources and Technology.

CCI Learning Center

The CCI Learning Center (CCILC), located in 3675 Market Street's CCI Commons student computer lab, provides consulting and other learning resources for students taking computer science classes. The CCILC is staffed by graduate and undergraduate computer science students from the College of Computing & Informatics.

The CCILC and CCI Commons serve as a central hub for small group work, student meetings, and TA assistance. 

Research Laboratories

The College houses multiple research labs, led by CCI faculty, in 3675 Market Street including: the Drexel Health and Risk Communication Lab, Interactive Systems for Healthcare, Socio-Technical Studies Group, Intelligent Information & Knowledge Computing Research Lab, Evidence-based Decision Making Lab, Applied Symbolic Computation Laboratory (ASYM), High Performance Computing Laboratory (SPIRAL), Drexel Research on Play (RePlay) Laboratory, Software Engineering Research Group (SERG), Social Computing Research Group, Vision and Cognition Laboratory (VisCog) and the Vision and Graphics Laboratory. For more information on these laboratories, please visit the College’s research web page.

Information Science Faculty

Denise E. Agosto, PhD (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey). Professor. Youth information behaviors, public libraries, multicultural issues in youth library services, and qualitative research methods.
Yuan An, PhD (University of Toronto, Canada) Director of International Programs. Associate Professor. Conceptual modeling, schema and ontology mapping, information integration, knowledge representation, requirements engineering, healthcare information systems, semantic web.
Ellen Bass, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology) Joint Appointment with the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Professor. Characterizing human judgement and decision making, modeling human judgement when supported by information automation, computational models of human-human and human-automation coordination.
Christopher Carroll, MS (Drexel University) BSCST Program Director. Associate Teaching Professor. Information technology within healthcare companies, computer networking and design, IT infrastructure, server technology, information security, virtualization and cloud computing.
Chaomei Chen, PhD (University of Liverpool). Professor. Information visualization, visual analytics, knowledge domain visualization, network analysis and modeling, scientific discovery, science mapping, scientometrics, citation analysis, human-computer interaction.
Michael Chu, MSE (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Teaching Professor. System, server, computer networking and design; IT infrastructure; information technology management and security; Web system programming; database and mobile application development.
Catherine D. Collins, MLIS (Indiana University). Associate Teaching Professor. Knowledge management, collection development, management of information organizations, information sources and services, international development.
M. Carl Drott, PhD (University of Michigan). Associate Professor. Systems analysis techniques, web usage, competitive intelligence.
Andrea Forte, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology) PhD Program Director, and MS in Information Program Director. Associate Professor. Social computing, human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, computer-supported collaborative learning, information literacy.
Susan Gasson, PhD (University of Warwick). Associate Professor. The co-design of business and IT-systems, distributed cognition & knowledge management in boundary-spanning groups, human-centered design, social informatics, online learning communities, grounded theory.
Tim Gorichanaz, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Human information behavior, human-centered computing, neo-documentation studies, and information ethics.
Jane Greenberg, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Alice B. Kroeger Professor. Metadata, ontological engineering, data science, knowledge organization, information retrieval
Peter Grillo, PhD (Temple University) Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs, Information Science. Teaching Professor. Strategic applications of technology within organizations.
Thomas Heverin, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Computer security, ethical hacking, computer forensics, network forensics, cloud security and cybersecurity.
Gregory W. Hislop, PhD (Drexel University). Professor. Information technology for teaching and learning, online education, structure and organization of the information disciplines, computing education research, software evaluation and characterization.
Xiaohua Tony Hu, PhD (University of Regina, Canada). Professor. Data mining, text mining, Web searching and mining, information retrieval, bioinformatics and healthcare informatics.
Weimao Ke, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Associate Professor. Information retrieval (IR), distributed systems, intelligent filtering/recommendation, information visualization, network science, complex systems, machine learning, text/data mining, multi-agent systems, the notion of information.
Xia Lin, PhD (University of Maryland) Department Head, Information Science. Professor. Digital libraries, information visualization, visual interface design, knowledge mapping, human-computer interaction, object-oriented programming, information retrieval, information architecture, information-seeking behaviors in digital environments.
Danuta A. Nitecki, PhD (University of Maryland at College Park) Dean of Libraries. Professor. Library metrics and use in management, library as place, and academic library service models.
Jung-ran Park, PhD (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Associate Professor. Knowledge organization and representation, metadata, computer-mediated communication, cross-cultural communication, multilingual information access.
Alex Poole, PhD (University of North Carolina). Assistant Professor. Digital curation, archives and records management, digital humanities, and diversity, inclusivity, and equity.
Lori Richards, PhD (University of North Carolina). Assistant Professor. Archives, digital curation, electronic records management, information technology and digital collections, cloud computing and record keeping, management of information organizations.
Michelle L. Rogers, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Associate Professor. Human-computer interaction, healthcare informatics, human factors engineering, socio-technical systems, health services research, patient safety.
Aleksandra Sarcevic, PhD (Rutgers University). Associate Professor. Computer-supported cooperative work, human-computer interaction, and healthcare informatics.
Bupesh Shetty, PhD (University of Iowa). Assistant Teaching Professor. Process pattern mining, data mining, operations management, sports analytics, information systems, and machine learning applications.
Brian Smith, PhD (Northwestern University) Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Professor. Design of computer-based learning environments, computer science education, human-computer interaction, creativity and innovation; design sciences; informal/everyday learning.
Il-Yeol Song, PhD (Louisiana State University). Professor. Conceptual modeling, ontology and patterns, data warehouse and OLAP, object-oriented analysis and design with UML, medical and bioinformatics data modeling & integration,.
Rosina Weber, PhD (Federal University of Santa Catarina). Associate Professor. Case-based reasoning, explainable artificial intelligence, machine learning, textual analytics, natural language understanding, language models, recommender systems, technological aspects of knowledge management, project management, and requirements engineering.
Jake Williams, PhD (University of Vermont). Assistant Professor. Data science, scientific programming, computational social science, computational linguistics and natural language processing, mathematics, machine learning, algorithms, and scalability.
Erjia Yan, PhD (Indiana University Bloomington). Assistant Professor. Network science, information analysis and retrieval, scholarly communication methods and applications.
Christopher C. Yang, PhD (University of Arizona, Tucson). Professor. Web search and mining, security informatics, knowledge management, social media analytics, cross-lingual information retrieval, text summarization, multimedia retrieval, information visualization, information sharing and privacy, artificial intelligence, digital library, and electronic commerce.

Emeritus Faculty

Michael E. Atwood, PhD (University of Colorado). Professor Emeritus. Human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, organizational memory.
Thomas A. Childers, PhD (Rutgers University). Professor Emeritus. Measurement, evaluation, and planning of information and library services, the effectiveness of information organizations.
David E. Fenske, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Dean Emeritus and Professor. Digital libraries, informatics, knowledge management and information technologies.
Linda Marion, PhD (Drexel University). Teaching Professor Emerita. Formal and informal communication, bibliometric studies of scholarly communication, diffusion of information, information use in the social sciences, academic and public libraries, information science education.
Katherine W. McCain, PhD (Drexel University). Professor Emeritus. Scholarly communication, information production and use in the research process, development and structure of scientific specialties, diffusion of innovation, bibliometrics, evaluation of information retrieval systems.
Carol Hansen Montgomery, PhD (Drexel University) Dean of Libraries Emeritus. Research Professor. Selection and use of electronic collections, evaluation of library and information systems, digital libraries, economics of libraries and digital collections.
Delia Neuman, PhD (The Ohio State University). Professor Emerita. Learning in information-rich environments, instructional systems design, the use of media for learning, and school library media.
Gerry Stahl, PhD (University of Colorado). Professor Emeritus. Human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, computer-supported collaborative learning, theory of collaboration.
Howard D. White, PhD (University of California at Berkeley). Professor Emeritus. Literature information systems, bibliometrics, research methods, collection development, online searching.
Susan Wiedenbeck, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Professor Emeritus. Human-computer interaction, end-user programming/end-user development, empirical studies of programmers, interface design and evaluation.
Valerie Ann Yonker, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor Emerita. Human service information systems, systems analysis and design, measurement in software evaluation, knowledge engineering.
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