Online Master of Science in Applied Data Science

Apply by the December 24 Early Priority Deadline to Start in April

What Is Applied Data Science?

Developed by the School of Information Studies in conjunction with the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, the online M.S. in Applied Data Science program draws insights from both the field of information studies and the field of management to help you effectively apply analytical concepts to gain insight from data.

A Data Science Education With Business Applications

The M.S. in Applied Data Science interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on four key learning competencies: capture and organization, technical analysis, visualization and communication, and practical application. Each competency can provide you the opportunity to develop a portfolio of resources while growing your specialization in one or more areas of interest.

Through analytical business application courses, such as Financial Analytics and Principles of Management Science, you’ll also learn how to apply practical data science techniques to solve complex business problems related to big data and data analytics.

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Why Earn a Master’s in Applied Data Science?

Ranked as Glassdoor’s #3 job3, 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.

In fact, according to Burning Glass Technologies, demand for positions that require master’s in data science graduates is projected above the national average. Relative to other jobs in the data space, data scientists have a higher demand for master’s-level education and a median salary of $118K.4

Data Science Careers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the demand for operations research analysts to increase 26 percent by 2028.5

This kind of demand is encouraging for people looking to earn their master’s to pursue a variety of top data science careers, including:

  • data engineer
  • data architect
  • database administrator
  • statistical programmer
  • data analyst
  • business intelligence analyst

of Data Scientists and Advanced Analyst Positions Require a Master’s or Ph.D.6

Where Our Students Work

Upon graduation, you’ll gain access to our iSchool alumni network of more than 10,000 tech professionals who work across a variety of industries at some of the world’s leading companies.


  • banking and finance
  • computer software/tech
  • consulting
  • e-commerce
  • energy
  • government
  • medical/health care


  • Amazon
  • Apple Inc.
  • Boeing
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Mastercard
  • Microsoft
  • PwC

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Earn your M.S. in Applied Data Science online and be prepared for the next big thing in tech.

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Curriculum and Learning Outcomes

The online M.S. in Applied Data Science takes an interdisciplinary approach to ensure graduates emerge fully prepared to succeed as data science professionals.

Successful students in the M.S. in Applied Data Science program will be able to:

  • collect and organize data;
  • identify patterns in data via visualization, statistical analysis and data mining;
  • implement various business decisions based on data;
  • develop alternative strategies based on the data;
  • communicate data findings with managers, IT professionals and other relevant professionals in their organization; and
  • recognize the ethical dimensions and privacy concerns of data science practice.

To learn more about the curriculum, visit our academics page.

core credits
12 to 15
electives credits
3 to 6
analytical application credits

Learning Outcomes

The online M.S. in Applied Data Science program prepares students to use applications of data science so they can effectively collect, organize and manage data as well as master data visualization tools to communicate results in a wide range of business situations.

Courses foster collaboration, problem solving and analysis with diverse professionals. As a result, students will learn practical analytical and technical skills to make data-driven decisions using data capture, management, analysis and communication.

Learn from an interdisciplinary curriculum with real-world applications.

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Admissions Overview

Since day one, the School of Information Studies (iSchool) has been committed to supporting students who are eager to learn about technology and its wide range of applications. Seeking students who are passionate about harnessing the power of information, our admissions team reviews and carefully considers each application, determining who could best contribute their knowledge and experiences to the iSchool community.

Review the application requirements.

Upcoming Deadlines

SSyracuse offers four cohort start dates each year. See the upcoming deadlines for the April 2021 cohort:

Early Priority Deadline
December 24, 2020
Priority Deadline
January 14, 2021
Application Deadline
February 11, 2021

Unmatched Online Learning at the Syracuse iSchool

Immerse yourself in the Syracuse community, and gain access to the same resources and services as on-campus students. Using advanced technology, we ensure you get the same high-quality Syracuse education, online.

live, online class sessions offered six days a week

a flexible online platform with features such as dark mode and adjustable video speeds

engaging coursework from world-class faculty

Meet Our Applied Data Science Students

Here, you’ll join a diverse network of alumni who come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. Like Carlo Mencarelli, a senior systems engineer who combined the analytical experience he gained in the military with data expertise.

"I really enjoy process and efficiency improvement using statistical analyses as a foundation, so pursuing a degree with a focus in data science made a lot of sense. To be able to start up a data science team at a company and lead the company into a new era of evidence-based decision making is a major goal I have. I’d like to apply many of the machine learning approaches to different industries such as (cyber) security operations, software as a service, etc.”

Carlo Mencarelli,

M.S. in Applied Data Science 2019, Senior Systems Engineer at NationBuilder

Visit our student and alumni page to read more stories about our Orange community.


Help Meet the Demand for Data Science Experts

Earn your M.S. in Applied Data Science online and join a diverse network of tech professionals. Request information today.

4 Burning Glass Technologies,“Labor Insight Occupation Analysis Tool” (Retrieved July 2020) Return to footnote reference
5 The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Operations Research Analysts (Retrieved July 2020) Return to footnote reference