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College of Management and Human Potential - Master's Programs:
MS in Data Science (Quarter)

For students beginning their program November 28, 2022 or later.

The MS in Data Science program empowers students with the specialized skills needed to turn raw information into valuable business insights. Through courses developed in collaboration with IBM, students focus on:

  • Using digital data and tools to analyze and ethically solve pressing problems in any organization or industry.
  • Learning how to collect, analyze, and visualize data, and communicate insights to diverse stakeholders.
  • Building practical, immediately applicable skills through interactive case studies, visualizations, and applications.

Walden’s MS in Data Science program is focused on responsible data management practices and the ethical use of data to address business challenges.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MS in Data Science, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate emerging technical developments that apply to data science.
  2. Analyze current technologies that provide practical solutions to data science problems.
  3. Evaluate the role of supporting technologies for data science in data driven decision-making.
  4. Analyze legal, ethical, professional and social issue elements within the domain of data science.
  5. Differentiate how the techniques and tools of big data predictive analytics can be used to add “business value” in data driven decision-making in the modern work place.

Degree Requirements

  • 45 total quarter credits


  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Course Sequence

Quarter Course Credits
Quarter 1 MDSC 6005 - The Global Technology Environment 5 credits
Quarter 2 MDSC 6401 - Statistical Concepts for Big Data  5 credits
MDSC 6245 - Big Data  5 credits
Quarter 3 MDSC 6265 - Data Mining  5 credits
MDSC 6685 - Data Visualization  5 credits
Quarter 4 MDSC 6665 - Predictive Analytics for Decision Making  5 credits
MDSC 6210 - Cloud Computing  5 credits
Quarter 5 MDSC 6240 - Advanced Database Systems  5 credits
MDSC 6190 - Foundations of Intelligent Systems  5 credits