Data Science

Major: Data Science
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 45.0
Co-op Option: Graduate Co-op
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
DSCI 632Applied Cloud Computing3.0
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
Natural Language Processing with Deep Learning
Social Network Analytics
Information Retrieval Systems
Introduction to Data Analytics
Algorithms Elective3.0
Choose 1 of the following:
Data Structures and Algorithms I
High Performance Computing
Programming Foundations
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
Introduction to the Digital Environment
Cloud Technology
Cloud Security and Virtual Environments
Disaster Recovery, Continuity Planning and Digital Risk Assessment
Security, Policy and Governance
Foundations of Data and Information
Data and Digital Stewardship
Database Management Systems
Advanced Database Management
Applied Database Technologies
Information Systems Management
Metadata and Resource Description
Information Assurance
Security Engineering
Additional Electives12.0
Choose 4 courses from:
The above elective areas not used to fulfill the concentration requirement
Additional appropriate graduate level Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Artificial Intelligence courses with subject codes CS and SE, consulting with your advisor
Up to 2 appropriate graduate-level computing-related courses outside of Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence approved by the College
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
CS 5703.0DSCI 5013.0DSCI 6313.0DSCI 6323.0
DSCI 5113.0DSCI 5213.0Analytics Elective3.0Algorithms Elective3.0
 6 6 6 6
Second Year
Visualization and Communication Elective3.0Analytics Elective3.0DSCI 5913.0DSCI 5923.0
Management and Accountability Elective3.0Elective3.0Elective3.0 
 6 6 6 3
Total Credits 45

Note: Second Year Summer is less than the 4.5-credit minimum required (considered half-time status) of graduate programs to be considered financial aid eligible. As a result, aid will not be disbursed to students this term.


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 opened a third floor which will include additional offices, classrooms, innovative research labs, and a maker space. 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 (CLC), located in 3675 Market Street's CCI Commons student computer lab, provides consulting and other learning resources for students taking computer science classes. The CLC is staffed by graduate and undergraduate computer science students from the College of Computing & Informatics.

The CLC 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.

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