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Syracuse University

MS Program in Applied Data Science

Syracuse, NY


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Information Studies

The School of Information Studies (iSchool) is the original information school in the nation. At the iSchool the focus is on users and user information needs as a starting point for integrating information and information technology into organizations. The university's interdisciplinary philosophy means that students from any academic or professional background have the opportunity to thrive in their program. Their faculty includes professors who are top researchers in their field, and professors of practice who bring a wealth of knowledge from practical experience in the field of IT. Graduates of the program have gone on to become consultants and analysts, work for technology giants and the U.S. Government, and work for exciting startup companies - or found their own.

Master's In Applied Data Science Degree Program

The MS in Applied Data Science prepares students with the practical analytical and technical skills to apply analytical concepts to gain insight from small and large datasets. The curriculum offers an innovative blend of information science and management principles. While the overall program focuses on applications of data science to enterprise operations and processes, individual courses tackle data handling issues such as data capture, management, analysis, and communication for decision-making.

Ranked as Glassdoor's No. 1 best job of 2016 and 2017, data scientists are critical to the success of any organization. As the data science field evolves, the demand for analytics skills continues to grow. Employers are actively seeking candidates with the advanced technical expertise to make data-driven decisions.

The MS in Applied Data Science is a fully interdisciplinary degree and is offered in collaboration with Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management. This degree is built for those who have either a strong background or a strong interest in the applications of data science to solve problems for organizations.

Applied Learning

The iSchool believes in teaching students the skills they need to be successful on the job market. The MS in Applied Data Science directly addresses the need for data science and problem-solving skills in business and academia, and ADS graduates enter the job search with a portfolio demonstrating their applied data science expertise.

Student Research Focus

In addition to getting practical and on-the-job experience, the iSchool has an incredible number of opportunities for students to join a research lab or collaborate with faculty on their academic work. Students with a background or academic focus on data science will find their skills needed on almost any iSchool research team.

Faculty of One

The Syracuse University iSchool doesn't have traditional academic departments like most schools. Instead, the school has a united faculty body with diverse research and academic interests that is committed to teaching all iSchool students. With access to 50+ full time faculty, iSchool students have the freedom to explore and study all corners of the information field.

Career Services

The iSchool has a dedicated Employer Relations and Career Services team to help students prepare for careers in the information field and to connect students with internships and full-time employment

Scholarship Awards

The iSchool offers merit awards to aid students in pursuing graduate degrees in Information Management ranging from graduate. Merit based aid includes endowed awards, graduate assistantships, and Europe/Eurasia Scholarships.

Veterans and Military

Syracuse University is proud to have a tradition of service, and the iSchool continues that tradition by offering veterans cutting-edge curricula, the highest quality online and distance programming, and an opportunity to connect veterans with the people, resources, and programs they want to pursue at the University.

Syracuse University is a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program. Application fees are waived for all veterans.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science/Certificate of Advanced Studies (MS/CAS)
Master of Science (MS)

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 1st January 1st Yes
Spring deadline October 15th October 15th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Master's Degree Requirements Resume

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL IBT score: 100

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Application deadlines for financial awards February 1
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans


Focus of faculty research: Multimedia, information resources management, information security, network management
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 343 Hinds Hall
Syracuse, NY  13244
United States
Contact Mr. Carsten Oesterlund
Program Director
Phone: 315-443-2911
Fax: 315-443-6886

Syracuse University