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Data Science: MS

Data Science
The master's in Data Science is a unique, technical, research-based degree. This program offers special topics classes in Data Science based on advancements in technology, specific research interests of faculty and perceived need. It will prepare students through cross-disciplinary training to do the following:
1. Develop innovative software solutions that improve the efficiency and scope of data science tools
2. Apply existing programming tools, languages, and algorithms to build, clean, and process large datasets as efficiently as possible
3. Identify and construct computational solutions to solve problems from a diversity of domains
4. Expand the functionality of state-of-the-art, high-performance data science software

With a master's degree in Data Science, students may pursue a career as a data scientist, data analyst, data engineer, machine learning scientist or machine learning engineer.

Admission Requirements

MS in Data Science admission requirements include:

1. A bachelors degree in Computer Science or closely related field.

2. Coursework in basic Statistics (equivalent to STAT 3000).

3. These are in addition to graduate schools requirements that can be found at:

Curtis Dyreson, PhD, University of Arizona
Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor
Area: Software systems, temporal databases, native XML databases, data cubes, and providing support for proscriptive metadata
Office: MAIN 402 A
Phone: (435) 797-0742

Douglas Galarus, PhD, Montana State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Data science, big data, machine learning, systems and software engineering, mobile/web/embedded development, computer science education, spatio-temporal and geo-computing
Office: Main 401D
Phone: TBA

John Edwards, PhD, The University of Texas
Assistant Professor
Area: Geometric Modeling, Simulation, Scientific Visualization
Office: MAIN 401D
Phone: (435) 797-0246

Xiaojun Qi, PhD, Louisiana State University
Associate Professor
Area: Content-based image/video retrieval, digital watermarking, digital steganography/steganalysis, image processing, pattern recognition, computer vision, image forensics
Office: MAIN 401 C
Phone: (435) 797-8155

Vladimir Kulyukin, PhD, University of Chicago
Associate Professor
Area: Assistive technology, mobile and ubiquitous computing, human-robot interaction, information retrieval
Office: MAIN 401 E
Phone: (435) 797-8163

Shuhan Yuan, Ph.D in computer engineering, Thongji University, Shanghai, China
Assistant professor
Area: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Natural Language Processing.

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

The Department of Computer Science encourages its students to become involved in organizations to improve their knowledge of computer science. For a full list of organizations, visit



Academic Advising

Curtis Dyreson
Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor
Office: MAIN 402 A
Phone: (435) 797-0742

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