Our Master's in Applied Data Science is a rigorous exploration of the four parts of data science: Machine Learning, 数据可视化, Databases, and Statistics. The students spend three semesters with their cohort in small, challenging classes. The last semester is spent in a paid practicum doing data science with one of our industry partners. With 100% job placement and a $95k median salary, the MS in Applied Data Science program is a great return on your investment.

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Master’s in Applied Data Science Program

Lauded by Fortune Magazine as a “Best Master’s in Data Science Programs in 2022″, the M.S. Applied Data Science graduate program is a two-year 36-credit program, which includes 11 full-semester 3-credit courses, two required practicums (one being a full-semester 3-credit course), industrial seminar series in the first three semesters and industrial workshops during the January interterm. The curriculum offers a blend of interdisciplinary theory and practical application of skills through courses, such as Exploratory Data Analysis, Applied Machine Learning, and 数据可视化. Our students gain experience applying both Python and R to develop solutions for our corporate partners as a part of the rigorous curriculum.

In the final semester, students will implement their skills and obtain industry experience with a paid practicum working full-time as part of a data science team at one of our corporate partners, or at another company or organization of their choice. The practicum course will be completed under Data Science faculty supervision and is a required component of the program.  At the end of the program, students would have gained the industry knowledge, technical skills, and real-world experience required to start their successful careers.

Students can expect a very well-rounded education from the data science program. Whether it be in algorithms, statistics or general programming, you’ll have all the things you’ll need to be successful as a data scientist.

Adam Lashley
M.S. in Applied Data Science Student

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Real-World Experience

Our curriculum is developed with our corporate partners and industry experts as the applications of big data evolve. Students will get hands-on experience with real data sets from a variety of industries, and complete a paid, full-time practicum, often with our partners or an organization of their choice.

Corporate Partners

Allen Institute for Brain Science

LexisNexis Risk Solutions Groups

USDA Agricultural Research Service

HPCC Systems

Riff Analytics

Advisory Board

See the executives and professionals committed to enhancing knowledge and practice of Data Science and Business Analytics for our program as part of the M.S. Applied Data Science Advisory Board


The state-of-the-art curriculum blends theory and practice. Over four semesters students in the small-cohort program are guided by our values of academic rigor, dedication, practical relevance, and teamwork.

  • Introduction to Data Science Bootcamp
  • Applied Statistics I
  • Data Munging and Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Algorithms for Data Science
  • Databases for Data Science
  • Industrial Seminar Series I

  • Industrial Workshops

  • Applied Statistics II
  • 数据可视化
  • Applied Machine Learning
  • Distributed Computing
  • Industrial Seminar Series II

  • Industrial Practicum I

  • Advanced Applied Statistics
  • Advanced Applied Computing
  • Practical Data Science
  • Industrial Seminar Series III

  • Industrial Practicum II

MS Applied Data Science Faculty & Staff

Nikita Bagley Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Aaron Hillegass Interim Director of Applied Data Science
Ann Masterman Executive Director of New Student and Graduate Admissions
Jack Reilly Associate Professor of Political Science
Tania Roy Assistant Professor of Human Centered Computing
Andrey Skripnikov Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics


New College of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Bachelor’s degrees and Master’s in Applied Data Science degrees.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, at www.sacscoc.org for questions about the accreditation of New College of Florida.

Catalog & Academic Calendar

Graduate Catalog 2022-2023

Graduate Academic Calendar 2022-2023

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