2020 Graduate Outcomes
  • 82.4% average salary increase
  • 1.6 years average time to pay back
  • More than 99% either secured employment or pursued further education within 3 months of graduation
What does it cost?

Georgia residents: $39,000
Non-Georgia residents: $45,000
Nonrefundable seat deposit: $250

Tuition is subject to change. Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics students may be required to complete prerequisite courses for an additional fee. Students will be informed if this is the case by the admissions committee.

How long will it take?
  • Full-time format: 12 months (3 semesters). Offers a fast track into the workforce. Classes up to four days a week: Monday-Thursday, 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Part-time format: 24 months (6 semesters). Allows working professionals to advance their current careers. Classes up to two evenings a week: Monday-Thursday, 6:00 p.m.

Where can I take classes?
Buckhead Center
Tower Place 200

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

The Robinson College of Business reviews applications on a rolling basis. The deadlines below are intended to serve as benchmarks. Due to our rolling admissions process, we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Applicants can expect to receive a decision within six weeks of the Office of Graduate Admissions receiving all required materials.

Students can enter the program in the fall.

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Data Science and Analytics, M.S.

Lindsay Fortner, program recruiter
lfortner@gsu.edu
404-413-7148

Your recruiter is here to answer your questions and help you prepare a strong application.
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Robinson’s M.S. in Data Science and Analytics will empower you with the ability to make sense of huge amounts of unstructured data, draw actionable insights, and solve organizations’ problems. The program is nationally ranked. In March 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked our M.S. in Data Science and Analytics 11th among public universities. The program is STEM-designated, meaning you’ll graduate with not only business acumen but also skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. The coursework is rigorous, but don’t be intimidated; we offer three- to four-week math and programming foundation classes for students who need to get up-to-speed.

You will become comfortable with machine learning, deep learning, Python, and big data, and have the option to attend boot camps covering topics like SAS, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure. Robinson houses social media intelligence and legal analytics labs, as well as its own big data infrastructure cluster, where students complete hands-on assignments. Speaking of immersive learning, students access our partner companies’ proprietary data in order to solve complex, real-world issues as part of projects we call Insight Sprints. Our students accumulate relevant, impressive experience before they even graduate.

Concentrations

You can customize your degree with a concentration in data science in business or legal analytics.

  • Data Science in Business. This concentration features a multi-disciplinary curriculum that draws on insights from computer science, statistics and business management. Students will learn the statistical and computational methods for collecting, storing and processing data; identifying patterns in large data sets; predicting and interpreting the findings; and making data-driven decisions.
  • Legal Analytics. Legal analytics is a rapidly growing field. This concentration prepares students to use text mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to detect patterns, predict outcomes, and derive insights related to regulation, compliance, litigation, and transactional law.

You also can pursue a dual degree in areas including actuarial science, marketing, quantitative risk analysis, law or business administration (MBA).

LEARN ABOUT OUR DUAL DEGREE OPTIONS

Program Highlights

2020 Graduate Outcomes

  • 82.4% average salary increase
  • 1.6 years average time to pay back
  • More than 99% either secured employment or pursued further education within 3 months of graduation

Collaborate with Partner Companies

Over the course of several weeks, students collaborate with partner companies on what we call Insight Sprints. The organization comes to students with a complicated problem as well as a large set of structured and/or unstructured data. Throughout the semester, students clean the data, develop predictive models, and draw insights based on their findings.

Example Projects

  • Identified repeat blood donors with the American Red Cross
  • Predicted client attrition through text mining with SunTrust Banks
  • Detected fraud via image recognition with Georgia-Pacific
  • Conducted data analysis and mining to find correlations and patterns with Starr Companies
  • Developed a blockchain prototype for TSYS Payment Solutions
  • Improved plan operations using image analytics for WestRock

Program Details

Application Requirements

Learn more about the application process and what you will need to apply.

The M.S. in Data Science and Analytics program comprises three semesters in a lock-step, cohort format. However, working professionals can complete the program on a part-time basis, extend the length of the program and take courses in the summer. Full-time students also have the option of completing the program in 12 months by taking their electives in the summer.

Besides the eight required and three elective courses, students will participate in boot camps covering topics such as linear algebra, R programming, data visualization, Tableau, advanced R, big data programming and SAS.

Students will also complete Insight Sprints throughout the program.

  • Industry partners provide real problems with data for insights and solutions.
  • Student teams work with faculty from across the entire university as well as corporate participants.
  • Students get feedback during weekly meetings over a 6- to10-week period.
  • Students engage in practical application of machine learning and predictive analytics.

Students in the Data Science and Business concentration will take all required courses for the M.S. in Data Science and Analytics program as well as the elective course MSA 8200 – Predictive Analytics.

Students in the Legal Analytics concentration will take all required courses for the M.S. in Data Science and Analytics program as well as the elective course MSA 8350 – Legal Analytics.

Below is the course sequence for Full and Part Time Students. Visit the catalog for more information on required courses and available electives.

Full-time Students

Pre-requisite Requirements

Academic knowledge of Calculus I, II and III (Multivariate), Linear Algebra and Basic Programming are required. Applicants who need a math/programming refresher or lack a demonstrated knowledge of advanced calculus, linear algebra and basic programming knowledge may be required to take the courses below in the summer prior to starting the program. If required, applicants will be notified in their admission decision letter.

  • MATH7100 (Basic Math for Analytics)
  • MATH7110 (Mathematical Foundations for Analytics)
  • CSC7003 (Foundations for Programming)

Fall 1

Spring

Summer

  • Internship (optional)

Fall 2

Visit the catalog for information on available electives.

  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • Elective 3

Part-time Students

Visit the catalog for information on available electives.

Fall 1

Spring 1

Summer

  • Internship (Optional)
  • Elective 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

Georgia residents: $39,000
Non-Georgia residents: $45,000
Nonrefundable seat deposit: $250

Tuition is subject to change.

Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics students may be required to complete prerequisite courses for an additional fee. Students will be informed if this is the case by the admissions committee.

Financial Aid

Contact Graduate Student Financial Services

We are here to help you understand the cost of your program, the payment schedule and financing opportunities.

rcbfinancialaid@gsu.edu
404-413-7086

Scholarships

Robinson Scholarships

Robinson offers several scholarships through the Office of the Dean as well as the individual academic departments.

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Georgia State offers a robust searchable database containing scholarships offered through the university as well as external websites.

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Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate research assistantships are available to offset program costs.

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Loans

You will be paired with a Graduate Student Experience professional who stays on top of the extracurricular programming that will enhance your academic journey and propel your career. Activities include boot camps on topics that are relevant to your field, professional workshops, networking events, recruiting fairs, and meet-and-greets intended to create camaraderie with your peers.

View a Sample Extracurricular Schedule

Learn More about the Graduate Student Experience Team

The mission of the M.S. in Data Science and Analytics program is to educate students on how to acquire, organize, and model data sets in order to formulate the questions that guide decision-making in corporate and non-corporate settings.

Careers & Certifications

Program graduates work for a variety of well-respected companies  including Aetna, Amazon, Deloitte, Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, KPMG, Lowe’s, McKinsey & Company, NCR Corporation, PwC, Starr Companies, and Truist.

Our 2020 graduates reported a 82.4% average salary increase, enabling them to pay back their investment in graduate school within 1.6 years. More than 99 percent of them either secured employment or pursued further education within 3 months of graduation.

VIEW SAMPLE JOB TITLES

actuarial analyst

analytics leader

data scientist

managing director

quantitative analyst

rates analyst

risk analyst

senior analytics engineer

senior business information analyst

senior data engineer

Meet Your Faculty

Assistant Professor; Former Research Scientist, IBM

Connie D. and Ken McDaniel WomenLead Chair; Founder, Legal Analytics Lab

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Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor

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Senior Data Scientist, Amazon

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Director, Social Media Intelligence Lab

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Associate Dean for Strategy and Special Projects

Assistant Professor

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Director, Institute for Insight; Program Director, M.S. in Data Science & Analytics

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Assistant Professor

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Associate Professor

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Assistant Professor

Program Stories

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New Grad Student Q&A: Samantha Jones
Samantha Jones worked for a small digital marketing agency that focuses on Atlanta-based businesses, and can't wait to partner with more local companies on Insight Sprints.

Contacts

Your recruiter is here to answer your questions and help you prepare a strong application.
Set up an appointment with your recruiter

Lindsay Fortner, program recruiter
404-413-7148
lfortner@gsu.edu

35 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303