Data science is not just a popular career path, it’s one that’s here to stay. Employers are searching for those with the skills and knowledge to transform data to push their organizations forward. Ball State's online-only master's in data science will help you gain these big data skills.
Growth projections in data science employment are expected to increase rapidly – nearly 20 percent, nationwide – within the next 10 years (Source: Emsi Burning Glass – economicmodeling.com). How will you prepare for these lucrative positions and high demand in the field?
You’ll not only gain strong foundations in math, computer science, and statistics, you’ll also experience high-impact practices in big data that you can apply immediately in your current career. The skills you’ll learn are the same ones that are in high-demand across the nation.
- Data Science
- Machine Learning
- Apache Hadoop
- Big Data
- Data Analysis
- Predictive Modeling
- Data Mining
In addition to these skills, we will prepare you to earn relevant industry certifications, such as those offered by SAS Institute, Inc. upon graduation.
What is a Data Scientist?
As a data scientist, you may find yourself implementing computational algorithms based on robust statistical principles to address real-world problem-solving in a diverse number of application domains.
Skills You'll Learn
- SAS® Certified Specialist: Base Programming Using SAS® 9.4
- SAS® Certified Professional: Advanced Programming Using SAS® 9.4
- SAS® Certified Big Data Professional Using SAS® 9
- SAS® Certified Advanced Analytics Professional Using SAS® 9
- SAS® Certified Clinical Trials Programmer Using SAS® 9
Ball State is focused on the student experience. Even in an online learning environment, we place an emphasis on smaller class sizes, and greater personal attention from faculty to benefit you most.
Who Should Apply?
If you have a background, even if considered introductory, in statistics, computer programming, advanced mathematics, and/or relevant work experience then this degree would be a perfect way to advance your skills, and ultimately your career. Most students complete the program in five or six semesters.
Online, Flexible, Relevant, and Evolving Curricula
Data science graduates usually transition into one of the following different occupation groups:
- Software Development
- Network and Systems Engineering
- Business Analysis
- Data Analysis and Mathematics
- Database Specialists
- Financial Analysis
- Business Intelligence
- Front-end Application Design
- Health IT Professional
- Policy Analysis and Planning
When we say our courses are flexible—complete courses when and where it fits in your schedule—it goes beyond the 100 percent online delivery format. It extends to the way we constantly assess our courses to make sure they meet the needs of the always-evolving data science field. It extends to YOUR interests and professional development goals.
Additionally, you will find that the 32-credit, non-thesis program provides you with 14 credits of core courses with 18 credits to focus your learning experience. The knowledge you gain in these courses can easily expand in to a number of discipline-specific applications in the health, environmental, social, and behavioral sciences.
For a full list of the courses covered in the master’s in data science, see the course catalog.
Ready to Apply?
We know that you’re busy, which is why we want to make the application process as accommodating as possible for you, starting with not requiring the GRE.
If you are ready to apply now, you can send unofficial transcripts of your undergraduate degree-granting institute to begin your application. Do know that your official transcripts will be required shortly after to be fully admitted into the Ball State University Graduate School.
- Fall – two weeks before the semester starts
- Spring – two weeks before the semester starts
- Summer – two weeks before the semester starts
Check out our academic calendar to see our semester start dates.