M.S. Data Science and Analytics

The innovative Master of Science program in Data Science and Analytics is tailored to train the next generation of leaders and professionals in the cutting-edge field of data science. Whether you're aiming for a career in artificial intelligence, machine learning, business intelligence, or any data analytics related position, this program provides an avenue for achievement.

Situated in the heart of Charleston, this program is a beacon of advanced training and research in the State of South Carolina.


  • Education: Equipping students with the vital skills and understanding needed for success in data science and analytics.
  • Research: Pioneering the adoption of data science techniques across various academic and professional disciplines.
  • Innovation: Training professionals to leverage data in developing innovative solutions in fields such as Artificial Intelligence, digital healthcare, and environmental informatics.


Admission Criteria:

  • Prospective students must demonstrate competency in all four areas:
    • Statistics
    • Linear Algebra
    • Calculus
    • Computer Programming
  • Based on your qualifications:
    • Even if you might not have the proper competency in one of the three math areas (Statistics, Linear Algebra, or Calculus), you might be offered conditional acceptance.
  • These prerequisite areas should be covered by:
    • Coursework from any regionally accredited college or university. A grade of B or higher is preferred.
  • For Computer Programming:
    • Competency can be demonstrated either through coursework or, alternatively, in your Statement of Purpose document by detailing relevant online courses, work experience, or projects. This alternative is especially relevant for applicants whose transcripts do not reflect formal coursework in programming.

Contact: gradds@cofc.edu

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Key Highlights of Our Master's Program

  1. Coursework Requirement: Based on the MS DATA Program Catalog, there are 30 credit hours required to finish the degree: 
    • 18 required credit hours
    • 6 elective credit hours
    • 6 practicum/thesis credit hours
  2. Course Duration: The program can optionally be completed in 12 months, requiring 12 credit hours each in Fall and Spring, and 6 in Summer. Students may choose to finish in 18 months, 24 months...
  3. Graduate Assistantships: Limited number of paid assistantship positions are offered by our program, along with the graduate school fellowships. To be considered, submit your application by the priority deadline.
  4. Course Options: Candidates can choose between the thesis or practicum options.
    • Thesis requires doing research and a dissertation under supervision of an academic advisor.
    • Practicum embeds candidates with companies in order for them to learn hands-on outside the classroom.

 Charleston Opportunities: Charleston's corporate ecosystem includes companies like Boeing, Volvo, Booz Allen Hamilton, Bosch, and Mercedes-Benz Vans, thereby offering unique job opportunities for data scientists.

Designed for you

  • Quality: Our program reflects the distinguished quality standards of the College, ensuring an unparalleled academic journey.
  • Strategic Partnerships: Collaborate with industry leaders across various sectors, ensuring you're always at the forefront of data science innovations.
  • Cutting-Edge Curriculum: Reflecting the highest standards, our curriculum meets the demands of the evolving data science landscape.
  • Diverse Student Body: Welcoming students from a wide array of academic backgrounds, from liberal arts to STEM.
  • Work-friendly Schedule: Most of our data science classes are offered in the evening time making it suitable for applicants who are working part time or full time.

How to Apply

Dates and Deadlines:

  • Fall
    • Priority: January 15
    • Final: July 1
  • No spring or summer admission

Application Process:

  1. Online Application
  2. Application Fee: Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee
    • can be waived based on competency in all four areas mentioned above.
  3. Transcripts: Submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions (international transcripts will require credential evaluation)
  4. Statement of Purpose: Write a 300-500 word statement discussing your reasons for applying to the program, areas of interest, and career objectives.
  5. Letters of Recommendation
  6. Resume
  7. GRE 
    • can be waived based on competency in all four areas mentioned above.
  8. English Language Proficiency: If English is not your native language, provide proof of English proficiency through TOEFL or IELTS scores

Questions? Contact: gradds@cofc.edu

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Tuition and Aid

Tuition and Fees:

For detailed information on tuition and fees, contact the Office of Graduate Studies. More information can be found HERE.

Paid Assistantships:

We offer paid graduate assistantship opportunities to qualified graduate students. These assistantships provide valuable hands-on experience, financial support, and the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on research projects, teaching assignments, or administrative tasks. The application process for assistantships is separate from the program application. For more information, please contact our department.

At the College of Charleston, we strive to make quality education accessible and affordable. We encourage students to explore financial aid options, including scholarships, grants, and loans, to help fund their graduate studies. Our dedicated financial aid office is available to guide you through the process and help you explore the opportunities available to you.