Master's of Science in Data Science (MS)

Learn to analyze complex data through various scientific methods. With a Master’s of Science in Data Science, students will have the opportunity to acquire, process, analyze, and present complex data. Data-driven careers continue to rise, with Data Scientist predicting a 28% increase in data science jobs by 2020. Data scientists are employed in range of industries including business, e-commerce, energy, entertainment, manufacturing, media, science, security, telecommunications, and politics.
The Master's of Science in Data Science program features:
  • Your choice of five tracks: Applied Public Affairs, Business Analytics, Computer Science, Environmental Science or Microeconomic Analysis.
  • Coursework focused on learning statistical methods and programming, regression, statistical machine learning, and political analysis.
  • The offering of core courses such as Statistical Programming in R and Statistical Machine Learning.
  • The beautiful location of Washington DC, offering internship and employment opportunities.

Admission Details (2018-2019)

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English
GPA3.03.03.0
IELTSTM6.5, no subscore below 5.56.0, no subscore below 5.55.5
TOEFL®80, no subscore below 1774, no subscore below 20N/A
Available Entry*Spring and FallSpring, Summer, or Fall

*Program not available until Spring 2019

Qualifying undergraduate degrees:
4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.
Additional Requirements:
Introductory Statistics with passing grade

Sample Coursework

Below is a list of degree-related courses you might take during your Master’s Accelerator Program. Courses may change based on availability and your preferences.
  • Statistical Methods
  • Political Analysis
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Political Science
  • Statistical Programming in R
  • Data Science
  • Regression

Progression Details

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English
Credits Earned Towards Degree690
Progression IntoMaster’s degree programMaster’s degree programMaster’s Accelerator Program
Progression RequirementsGPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a BGPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a BSuccessful completion of the qualifying level in ELTA with a grade of B or higher in each course

Tuition Costs

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional EnglishCost Per Credit After Accelerator1Total Credits Required For Degree
Master’s in Data Science$20,653$29,315$8,165$1,64230

Note: Pre-Sessional English costs represent Spring and Fall 2018. Price varies for summer semester. Please visit accelerator.american.edu/masters-accelerator/tuition for more detailed costs.

1Cost per credit hour subject to change. Number of credits and semesters remaining after completion of Master’s Accelerator varies by program and student. The average graduate student takes 9 credits per semester.


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