Next program start date

April 05, 2021

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Flex Choice®
  • Campus Support and Resources

Grow your skill set and advance your career with an online Data Science Master's degree in as few as 18 months. Our fully online program was developed in partnership with industry leaders from the technology and business fields. It incorporates industry-standard tools and languages including Tableau, SAS®, Scala, Python, R and Microsoft Azure®.2

The Master of Data Science online degree is also a Flex Choice® competency-based education program. The unique design of its courses allows you to show what you know as soon as you know it. CBE gives you more control over your time, allowing you to move quickly through topics you already understand and slow down with more challenging material—a perfect fit for the busy adult learner. CBE is designed to be a flexible way to fit college into your life. Learn more about Flex Choice.

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What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Advance Your Education

Rasmussen College’s ladder curriculum allows you to easily transfer your IT Associate’s degree credits toward a Pre-Bachelor's IT Project Management Certification. From there, you’ll be prepared to ladder into your Bachelor’s program.

Tackle Organizational Objectives

Program areas of focus include big data, deep analysis using advanced statistics, application of artificial intelligence and development of intelligent processes used to identify patterns in data that drive information, insight and business intelligence.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2018 and 2028 for Management Analysts is 14%.3 An MSDS degree from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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What Skills Will I Gain?

Analytical Objectives and Strategies

Develop effective analytical objectives and strategies to help solve problems in an organization.

Data Sets

Consolidate and create optimal data sets for use in producing analytical solutions.

Analytical Models and Processes

Create descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytical models and processes for use in validating and interpreting data.

Actionable Insights

Create, communicate and present actionable business insights to stakeholders that are supported by analysis.

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Build on the skills you already have as you gain an advanced understanding of industry-standard tools and languages.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

    Advanced Database Management

    • QMB 5200C
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Improve database design skills while obtaining more experience writing complicated SQL queries for relational databases and gain a strong exposure to technologies and software that work with databases to support higher levels of data integration.

    Advanced Statistical Techniques

    • QMB 6000C
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Expands upon basic statistics to support the means of determining solutions to problems that require several levels of decision-making. Introduces techniques including Markov Process Models, principle components analysis and Monte Carlo simulation.

    Advanced Machine Learning

    • QMB 6100C
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Addresses the application of neural nets, deep learning method and cross learning techniques including the application of support vector machines (SVM), genetic algorithms and genetic programming.

    Big Data Technologies

    • QMB 6300C
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Introduces working within the world of big data by explaining its purpose, major tools, programming paradigms as well as data structures and programming techniques.

12 Courses to Complete

48 Credit Hours


What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

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Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts for those who qualify.

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Entrance Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed program application
  • Official transcript documenting conferral of a Bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher from a regionally or nationally accredited institution of higher learning as recognized by the Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • Applicants with a GPA of 2.5 (no rounding) to 2.74 may request an exception to the minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA requirement through submission of a personal statement in the form of a written essay. Instructions and a scoring rubric for submitting a request for an exception may be obtained from the admissions advisor. The decision of the scoring committee will be final.

Demonstrate data analysis/data science experience through at least one of the following methods:

  • Bachelor's degree in Data Analytics or Data Science
  • Bachelor's degree in one of the following related fields: Information Systems, Information Technology, Information Security, Cyber Security, Systems Engineering, Network Administration, Network Security, Data Management, Computer Science, Web Programming, Software Engineering, Statistics, Accounting/Finance, Business Systems Analysis, Business Management and either a specialization in Data Analytics/Data Science or at least one year of demonstrated significant and recent experience in data analytics/data science4
  • Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field and a resume showing at least two years of demonstrated significant and recent experience in data analytics/data science, and either an Oracle BI or SAS certification earned in the past three years4
  • Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field and a resume showing at least three years of demonstrated significant and recent experience in data analysis/data science

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements must complete the following prior to being deemed eligible for entrance into the program:

  • Rasmussen College enrollment agreement and attachments
  • Any additional program-specific requirements as specified at the time of enrollment

If accepted, entrants will be notified of acceptance from the College once all entrance requirements have been met.

Accepted applicants must complete the Rasmussen experiential online orientation course.

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Where Can I Find an Online Data Science Master's Degree Program Near Me?

At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available for your schedule; not the other way around. Many of our programs are available on campus or online. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. Click below to find a Master of Data Science online degree program near you.

  • Online
  • Florida
  • Illinois*
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Tableau is a registered trademark of Tableau Software, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries.
    SAS is a registered trademark of SAS Institute Inc.
    Microsoft Azure is registered trademarks of Microsoft Inc.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 1, 2020] Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  4. When demonstrated significant and recent experience in data analytics/data science is required, the Department Chair will review the applicant’s resume to determine whether the entrance requirement has been met.
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