Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering offers an online Master of Science in Data Science program that focuses on the technology used to perform data analytics operations in fields like financial forecasting, health informatics, and bioinformatics. Students learn the technical aspects of high performance computing, data networks, and data visualization software, and explore how these tools are used to make more effective decisions. This is a 30-credit master’s degree that requires the completion of 10 graduate-level classes. Students who enroll full-time can graduate in one-and-a-half years; part-time students have up to five years to complete the program. The degree is 100% online and does not require any campus visits.
The MS in Data Science is offered through Indiana University Online (IU Online), which utilizes a learning management system (LMS) that supports asynchronous instruction. This means that most lectures are available for streaming on-demand. Other course materials can be accessed and/or downloaded through the LMS portal. Class assignments, projects, and exams adhere to a schedule and are submitted online. Instructors may have live online office hours at designated times, and may require students to locate a local proctor to oversee exams.
IU Online’s Data Science curriculum encompasses four core courses and six electives that cover targeted technologies and techniques in data science. The four core subject areas include: Data Analysis and Statistics, Data Lifecycle, Data Management & Infrastructure, and Domain/Application. Students enroll in one course per subject area. This typically includes classes in Information Visualization, Applied Machine Learning, Security for Networked Systems, and Big Data Applications and Analytics. Electives are selected from graduate courses in Computer Science, Informatics, Information and Library Science, and Public and Environmental Affairs. Sample electives include: Social Media Mining; Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making; and Big Data in Drug Discovery, Health and Translation Medicine.
Indiana University Bloomington is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.