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M.S. in Data Science

Earn your M.S. in Data Science

One of the most comprehensive programs in the country, the M.S. degree in Data Science at St. Thomas prepares students to pursue careers in the emerging and high-growth fields of data science and big data. It combines in-depth understanding with hands-on skills, technologies, techniques, and analysis tools for data science.

Graduates of this program will have the theoretical, practical, and comprehensive knowledge to manage and analyze large-scale, complex data to enable efficient data-driven discoveries and decisions.

Coursework and Degree Requirements

The M.S. in Data Science requires 12 courses (36 credits)., students must maintain a GPA of 2.7 or higher.

STEM Approved Program

Eleven Required Courses:

  • SEIS 603 Foundations of Software Development - Python
  • SEIS 610 Software Engineering
  • SEIS 615 DevOps and Cloud Infrastructure
  • SEIS 630 Database Management Systems and Design
  • SEIS 631 Foundations of Data Analysis
  • SEIS 632 Data Analytics and Visualization
  • SEIS 732 Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
  • SEIS 736 Big Data Architecture
  • SEIS 737 Big Data Management
  • SEIS 763 Machine Learning
  • SEIS 764 Artificial Intelligence

One Elective: Choose one elective from any course listed in the Graduate Programs in Software course catalog.

Please note suggested course sequences assume a fall semester start. Please talk with your advisor if you have questions or starting in other semesters.

Suggested course sequence with SEIS 603 required:

  • Semester 1: SEIS 603 and SEIS 610
  • Semester 2: SEIS 630 and SEIS 632
  • Semester 3: SEIS 631 and SEIS 615
  • Semester 4: SEIS 732 and SEIS 763
  • Semester 5: SEIS 764 and SEIS 736
  • Semester 6: SEIS 737 and 1 Elective

Suggested course sequence with SEIS 603 waived:

  • Semester 1: SEIS 610 and SEIS 632
  • Semester 2: SEIS 630 and SEIS 631
  • Semester 3: SEIS 615 and SEIS 763
  • Semester 4: SEIS 732 and SEIS 764
  • Semester 5: SEIS 736 and 1 Elective
  • Semester 6: SEIS 737 and 1 Elective

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Convenient Schedule

Classes are offered weeknights from 5:45 – 9:00 p.m., Monday – Friday and/or alternating Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Focused on Critical Business Decisions

Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence

Where industry professionals partner with St. Thomas faculty and graduate students to foster collaboration between companies and organizations to solve real-world problems.



Our full-time tenured faculty, all hold Ph.D. degrees and extensive industrial experience. Adjunct faculty are selected for professional experience and educational credentials.

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Dr. Manjeet Rege

Dr. Manjeet Rege is a Professor of Graduate Programs in Software and Data Science and Director for the Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence. He is also the co-host of the "All Things Data" podcast, interviewing data scientists, technologists, business experts and futurists which averages over 60,000 listeners.

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Dr. Chih Lai

Before joining the faculty at St. Thomas, Dr. Chih Lai was a principal software engineer, working on a collision avoidance system. Lai holds three U.S patents and three European patents. Lai also worked with Medtronic and has pending patents on monitoring and evaluating Parkinson patients.

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Carmen Olsen

Ms. Olsen has worked in the data warehousing and business intelligence field for over 20 years, as both an employee and consultant, developing business intelligence content as well as taking on a solution architecting role and technology implementation and training role for multiple Fortune 100 and 500 companies.

Data Science Career Outlook

  • Most of our career changers transition successfully after 2 to 3 semesters.
  • Average base pay for data scientists is $113,000.*
  • On Glassdoor's "Best Job in America" rankings, the job of Data Scientist has remained in the top three for the last six years.*

“We anticipate that one of the main challenges of the new decade is going to be finding talent... the data scientist role is already one of the hottest on the job market, and we’re certain this trend will continue for the next decade.”**—Cognetik, An analytics and data science company

*"2021's Hottest Careers: Glassdoor Releases the Year's 50 Best Jobs." Forbes, Jan 28, 2021.
**Cognetik.com/blog/data-analytics-market-in-2020-trends-forecastschallenges, Jan. 7, 2020.


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Attend an Information Session

Attend an online information session to get program details and receive $20* off your application fee just for attending. Our programs serve working professionals with busy lives. Set your own pace and start fall, spring or summer. Classes are offered evenings and weekends. We look forward to meeting you.

*St. Thomas alumni, St. Thomas returning graduate students, St. Thomas employees, and all U.S. active and retired military personnel and veterans are eligible for a full $50 application fee waiver.