M.S. Degree in Data Science program requirements for catalogs from spring 2015 through fall 2017

Current and inactive students who enrolled in this program prior to Spring 2018 may opt to remain with the graduate program requirements from their current catalog, or move forward to the newest graduate program requirements for the M.S. in Data Science.

The M.S. degree in Data Science 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.

Degree Requirements

To complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Data Science, students must successfully complete 12 courses (36 graduate semester credits) and maintain a GPA of 2.7.

Required Courses and Electives

Complete a total of 12 three-credit courses (36 graduate credits).

Required Courses [10 courses]:

  • SEIS 601 Foundations of Software Development - Java* (waived for appropriate prior programming experience) 
  • SEIS 610 Software Engineering 
  • 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 734 Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
  • SEIS 736 Big Data Architecture
  • SEIS 737 Big Data Management
  • SEIS 763 Machine Learning

*Beginning Spring 2018, SEIS 603 Foundations of Software Development - Python replaces SEIS 601 as a requirement.

Electives [2 or 3 courses]:

Choose two electives (or three electives if SEIS 601 is waived) from any course listed in the Graduate Programs in Software course catalog


View SEIS Course Catalog.

Transfer courses: Students may transfer up to 2 courses (6 graduate semester credits) from a school other than the University of St. Thomas. The transfer courses must have been taken at the graduate level. The transfer school must be regionally accredited. For more information on transfer courses, please see 'Transfer Courses' listed under Academic Policies and Procedures.

Suggested course sequence(s)

Suggested course sequence* with SEIS601 required: 

Semester 1: SEIS 601 and SEIS 610 
Semester 2: SEIS 630 and SEIS 632
Semester 3: SEIS 631 and SEIS 732
Semester 4: SEIS 734 and SEIS 736 
Semester 5: SEIS 737 and 1 Elective
Semester 6: SEIS 763 and 1 Elective 

 Suggested course sequence* with SEIS601 waived:

Semester 1: SEIS 610 and SEIS 630
Semester 2: SEIS 631 and SEIS 632
Semester 3: SEIS 732 and SEIS 734 
Semester 4: SEIS 736 and SEIS 737
Semester 5: SEIS 763 and 1 Elective 
Semester 6: 2 Electives 

* Course sequences assume a fall semester start. Please consult with your advisor if you have questions.