Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Data Science


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. in Data Science

Format: Online

Program Description:

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Data Science prepares computer science and engineering professionals for an advanced career path in analytics and strategy by exploring how data science drives organizations forward. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how to apply predictive analytics theory, principles, technical tools and industry-specific knowledge to a wide variety of problems in science, engineering and business.

In today’s information age and fast-growing digital world, data science is rising as a high-demand career path, seeking results-oriented professionals who are skilled in data analysis, data mining, computer programming and problem solving in order to make effective data-driven business decisions. This is a profession that requires data science professionals to be able to handle the entire data lifecycle:

    Identify challenges/ask questions
    Capture data from various sources
    Interpret and organize information
    Use intelligence to develop solutions
    Apply findings to answer questions
    Drive business strategy

These professionals are assets for all industries that are experiencing a shortage of candidates who have the technical skills to perform this job; Glassdoor ranks data science as the number one best job in America in 2018 with a 4.2/5 job satisfaction and over 4,500 job openings.* Equipped with a master’s degree, professionals may have opportunities for greater earning potential. This program is ideal for professionals who are interested in advancing their career, making discoveries with big data, working with new innovative technologies and pursuing research-oriented, forward-thinking leadership roles to impact business decisions.
Earn Your Master of Science in Data Science at GCU

GCU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology offers this MS in Data Science program 100 percent online to meet the needs of adult students and working professionals. By learning through an innovative digital learning platform, students are able to study from anywhere, anytime, and according to their schedule. Students who prefer to learn as part of a traditional classroom may choose to enroll in GCU’s evening campus program. Also, the data science master’s values-based curriculum is based on GCU’s Christian worldview, which advocates for ethical decision making.
Explore Concepts in Data Science Courses

The Master of Science in Data Science program’s focus areas include predictive analytics and modeling, computing, statistics, business intelligence, machine learning and software tools.

Students will gain competencies in these domains:

    Data Science Analytics: Apply data analytics and statistical techniques to discover and deliver meaningful insights for problems, processes and decision making
    Data Science Engineering: Use engineering principles and modern computer technologies to develop new data analytics applications
    Data Management: Develop enterprise data management, protection and storage systems
    Research and Applications: Formulate research questions, design experiments, analyze results and communicate research findings
    Business Analytics: Gain knowledge in Business Analytics and Business Intelligence (BI) methods and develop business-oriented data products
    Professionalism, Ethics and Sustainability: Demonstrate ethical judgment for new data-driven business processes

The program culminates in a capstone course that provides an opportunity for students to develop an evidence-based practice project proposal that addresses a current problem, issue or concern in data science. Students identify a problem amenable to research-based intervention, search literature, propose a solution and develop a plan to implement the solution, evaluate its outcome(s) and disseminate the findings.
Pursue a Career With an MS in Data Science Online

Graduates of the MS in Data Science program may take on roles within an organization such as analytics officer, business analytics director, predictive analyst, data scientist, fraud analytics manager, analytics strategy consultant, marketing analytics manager, risk analyst, customer analytics manager, etc.

Potential work settings include web-based retailers, social media companies, hospitals, primary care facilities, large manufacturing corporations, financial institutions, insurance companies, educational institutions, technology suppliers, consulting firms, think tanks, research facilities and more.

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Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

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