Master of Applied Data Science

An applied, skills-based program in data science developed by world-class faculty at the University of Michigan.

Gain insight into data and develop hands-on skills in programming, statistics, data analysis, information visualization, and machine learning. The Master of Applied Data Science degree program provides project-based education for learners from a broad range of backgrounds including the sciences, social sciences, or professional schools. This program will not merely complement previous academic study, it will teach skills to existing professionals who wish to capitalize on the data revolution happening in the world today.

The Master of Applied Data Science degree is expected to launch in Fall 2019, subject to approval by the University of Michigan.

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Who is this degree for:

Given the growing opportunities in the field of data science today, this master’s program is designed to give a broad array of professionals the skills and grounding it takes to launch or further a career in data science. It is suitable for learners from a broad range of backgrounds including those from the sciences, social sciences, or professional schools.

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The degree experience is...


The same courses you’ll find on campus, with the flexibility to learn when and where you want.


Collaborate with a global network of industry leading classmates, instructors, and alumni.


Innovative courses with lectures from some of the world’s best instructors and hands-on projects.


Practical courses designed to help you master skills that you can start applying to your career right away.

When you graduate, you’ll be able to:

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    Apply statistical principles to experiments in business scenarios and understand how to make sense out of the data that is generated

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    Interpret and present data to a breadth of stakeholders as you help turn insight into decisions

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    Conduct analyses which incorporate big data and machine learning techniques to generate more complex understandings of data

About University of Michigan

The University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) delivers innovative, elegant and ethical solutions connecting people, information and technology. The top-ranked school, in operation since 1926, was re-chartered in 1996 as one of the first iSchools in the nation. The UMSI faculty come from a wide variety of fields that reflect the intellectual diversity of the social and technological sciences. The school’s mission is to build a better world through information and technology. UMSI graduates are highly sought by employers. Our graduates in all programs have a 99-100% employment rate and enjoy high levels of job satisfaction.

The University of Michigan is recognized as a leader in higher education due to the outstanding quality of its 19 schools and colleges, internationally recognized faculty, and departments with 250 degree programs. The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


Graduate program in Information Systems (for Schools of Information)


Employment success rate

1 million+

Online learners have been taught by UMSI faculty