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Data Science, M.S.

Data Science uses tools of data visualization, predictive analytics, and web applications to communicate complex data, discover information, aid businesses in decision-making, and add the value of business. Data science is widely used in modern industrial production, business, and social media, and is making an increasing impact on human life.

Data scientist is ranked as one of the best careers. The MTSU Data Science Master’s Program aims to prepare students to be competitive on the job market. The courses will equip students with advanced data science skills including, but not limited to, computer programing, data visualization and manipulation, predictive modeling, business analytics and communications.


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MTSU receives Nashville Technology Council awards

Middle Tennessee State University represented well at the 2020 Nashville Technology Council Awards, bringing home three of the major awards for the evening, “Data Scientist of the Year,” “Technology Student of the Year,” and “Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year.” These are incredible accomplishments that prove that MTSU’s efforts in promoting education in data science are preparing students to make valuable contributions in the rapidly growing Nashville technology community. The Nashville Technology Council has worked as a hub for bringing technology companies together and recognizing industry leaders. As a $7.5 billion-dollar industry that continues to flourish, the demand for information technology jobs will continue to grow, and MTSU has industry-leading resources, expert faculty, and driven students that will make an impact for years to come.


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This degree is intended to help individuals be more competitive in their current role or allow them to pivot into a new career path.  Below are different careers and companies for this degree.

Careers directly related to this degree

  • Business Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Analytics Consultant
  • Data Architect
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Infrastructure Engineer
  • Data Mining Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Junior Data Scientist
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Analyst 

Career path with experience or additional education

  • AI Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • Quantitative Researcher
  • Statistician 

Notable Companies looking to hiring in Data Science:

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Asurion
  • Bank of New York Mellon
  • Bridgestone
  • CAT Financial
  • CGI
  • Change Healthcare
  • Deloitte
  • Digital Reasoning
  • Dollar General
  • EFC Systems
  • Genesco
  • Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)
  • HPA Cognizant Technologies
  • Ingram Content Group
  • Juice analytics
  • LBMC
  • Nissan
  • State of Tennessee
  • Stratasan
  • The General
  • Tractor Supply
  • Trinisys
  • Vaco
  • Vanderbilt Medical

The MTSU Data Science Master’s Program aims to prepare students to be competitive on the job market. The curriculum includes 8 required courses and 4 elective courses. The classes provide training on advanced data science skills including, but not limited to, computer programing, data visualization and manipulation, predictive modeling, business analytics and communications.

This program is set to be active for the 2022-2023 school year. You can view the tentative academic map by clicking the button below.

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Our adjunct faculty bring outstanding professional experience to our programs. Many are industry leaders with decorated careers and honors. Importantly, they are innovative educators who offer hands-on learning to our students to prepare them to enter and thrive in a dynamic, and oftentimes emerging, industry and professional world. They inspire, instruct, and challenge our students toward academic and professional success.

Students in Data Science programs at MTSU have the added opportunity to work with faculty from across the university on research and data contracts.  Through the Data Science Institute, the following types of projects are possible:

  • Data projects that help nonprofits. An opportunity to sharpen skills and use data for good.
  • Data projects with companies. These can be compensated opportunities for students to work on real projects for businesses that need help analyzing their data.
  • Data Dives (hackathons), which are events that allow all students to participate in a hackathon style event where data from a nonprofit or company is presented and then students have 24 to 36 hours to analyze the data to solve specific objectives.
  • Research projects with faculty. Either funded or unfunded research that is data-driven in any discipline.

Online or Hybrid Programs at a Glance

This program is available .


For More Information or Explore Your Options​

Contact your department / program coordinator or advisor for more details about the program. OR Work one-on-one with your advisor to explore your options.


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The Online Advantage​

With over 25 years of experience in online teaching and learning, MTSU Online offers students access to innovative, high-quality programs. Designed with students in mind, our courses allow maximum flexibility for those unable to participate in person. ​

Resources and services for online students are available from MTSU Online or contact us at distance@mtsu.edu.

Contact Information

Data Science
datascience@mtsu.edu

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Data Science
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Mailing Address

Data Science Program
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Box 0499
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132 

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