The explosive growth in demand for data science skills is disrupting today’s job market. With jobs growing by 19%, there are more openings than qualified applicants for these jobs. At the intersection of mathematics, statistical research, data processing, and computer science, this hybrid, complex role is high-growth, up to 40% higher-paying than more traditional jobs, and is immune to the threat of automation. RIT is uniquely positioned as a leader in each of the intersecting disciplines that define data science.
This program encourages students to work with practitioners active in the field of data science, analytics, and infrastructure to provide hands-on experience solving real problems. The curriculum includes opportunities for students to choose elective courses to pursue a variety of career paths within the broad field of data science and its various application areas. The program will prepare students—regardless of their scientific, engineering, or business background—to pursue a career in data science.
$1,191 per credit hour (2020-21)
30 credit hours required
A part-time student could complete the program in 4 years.
Elective (9 credits):
- Data Scientist
- Research Scientist
- Policy Advisor
- Senior Data Analyst
- Business Intelligence Specialist
- Financial & Banking Institutions
- Insurance Providers
- Marketing Research Agencies
- Transportation & Logistic Firms
- Risk & Compliance Agencies
- Health Care Service Providers
- 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
- RIT alums hail from more than 147 countries and work for more than 3,723 employers
- Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 121,000-strong RIT alumni community
- We build programs based on real-time employer demand
- The same faculty that teach on-campus, teach online
- RIT faculty have extensive experience in the classroom, in research, and in their professional fields
- We provide the same library services and resources, including a dedicated librarian, for online students
- Our career specialists provide advisement to help you plan, prepare for, and meet your career goals
- We provide enriched personalized academic advising
- You receive the same RIT credential as traditional on-campus graduates
Applications may be submitted any time during the year. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your intended start date.
To be considered for admission to the master of science in data science, candidates must complete the online application form and fulfill the following requirements:
- Hold a baccalaureate (or equivalent) degree from a regionally accredited institution,
- Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (B average), although exceptions may be made for applicants with significant business experience.
- Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
- Have prior study or professional experience in computer programming or complete bridge courses as required and
- Submit a minimum of two recommendations from individuals who are well-qualified to assess the applicant’s potential for success.
- Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
- A test of English Language aptitude is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. RIT accepts TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE exams. Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic exams if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English. These countries include: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British West Indies, Canada, England, Guam, Ireland, Mauritius, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Virgin Islands and Wales.
- Certain countries are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Learners from Syria, Sudan, North Korea, the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Iran and Cuba may not register for online courses at RIT. Nor may individuals on the United States Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the United States Commerce Department’s table of Deny Orders. By registering for online courses at RIT, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.