Big Data, Big Opportunities

Students in our Data Science Program are mastering tomorrow’s technology and stepping into today’s workplace. Read more.

Mission and Learning Goals


The MS in data science curriculum provides a deep foundation in statistical analysis and programming for applications, as well as the project skills necessary to exercise this knowledge in the real world.

The program's mission is to prepare students with a background in the natural and social sciences for successful careers helping organizations make sense of collected data and contribute important actionable insights.

Learning Goals

Students who have completed the MS in data science will be able to:

  • apply data science techniques to solve real-world problems
  • communicate findings
  • effectively present results using data visualization tools

Specifically, students will enhance or acquire:

  • thorough working knowledge of statistical data analysis techniques
  • experience with data-mining software tools
  • experience with cutting-edge tools and technologies to analyze "Big Data"
  • practical skills for visualizing and transforming data
  • other skills such as communication and working effectively in teams

Based on your background, you may also be interested in GW’s Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA). The MSBA program focuses on producing consultants and professionals with advanced decision sciences and large data analytics skills that are essential for effective decision making at organizations in both the private and public sectors. Please visit the GW School of Business website for details.