Stockton University

M.S. in Data Science & Strategic Analytics


101 Vera King Farris Dr

Pomona, NJ 08205

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. in Data Science & Strategic Analytics

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Data Science and Strategic Analytics (DSSA) Program at Stockton is a self-standing, master’s degree program. A student entering the program will acquire substantial experience in sophisticated, industry standard, computational software and programming tools that will allow the student to explore data driven problems in the science, business, social science, medicine and/or the humanities.

Students will also develop skills in data analysis, presentation, and visualization; skills that will permit them to visualize results and make predictions. The course work is supplemented with real world projects and/or internships with industry providing experience and networking opportunities in industry or research.

In 2013 IBM estimated that two and a half million terabytes of data were being created every day. This is the equivalent of over 300 million HD movies! Ninety percent of the world’s data was generated in just the past two years. Data is created by: individuals (through social networks and smartphones); machines (through real-time, network connected, sensors – “the internet of things”); business and commerce (e.g. transaction records); science (e.g. bioinformatics, large scale simulation). Much of this data is real time and georeferenced through GPS. Making sense of this vast sea of data for the use and benefit of society is considered an imperative of the coming years, indeed many companies are already strategizing for “big data”. Data scientists develop solutions for gathering, cleaning, archiving, analyzing and visualizing data for the purposes of making informed decisions.

 Some examples of data science projects include:

  • Business: Use historical discounting data from a department chain store at one thousand locations to predict how sales vary with department, season and location.
  • Entertainment: Perform a sentiment analysis on the tweets about summer blockbuster movies sentiments and use to predict future box office takings based on movie genre, actors etc.
  • Science: Analyze the jpg images of one million galaxies to categorize them according to their morphology.
  • Health: Predict disease likelihood by exploring and correlating patient case history and genetic databases.
  • Criminal Justice: Gather and visualize real time crime statistics for a city for efficient resource deployment.
  • Education: Create a web based dashboard for describing student performance metrics across a school district.

Program Organization

The Master’s degree program consists of 30 credit hours (10 graduate courses) that can be completed in full-time (or part-time study). In full-time study it may be completed in one calendar year (Fall, Spring, Summer). The courses are offered online as a hybrid (students will meet with faculty once a week at Stockton's Kramer Hall Instructional Site).


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Eligibility Requirements:

To be considered for admission to the DSSA master's program, applicants must submit the following: Application fee: $50 (non-refundable), submitted with your online application Graduate application essay describing computing experience Three current letters of recommendation sent electronically via the Discover Stockton Application (preferably at least one from a faculty member). Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (including Stockton) showing successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution. Resume The TOEFL Exam is required of students for whom English is the second language.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University II

Locale: Midsize Suburb

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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