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Data Science (Graduate)

Working with both the Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science departments, attain foundational training in data analysis, computer science and statistics in order to solve a multitude of data-driven problems, from data-mining to machine learning and beyond.

Data Science – Master of Science (M.S.)

Montana State’s interdisciplinary Data Science program draws on courses in three programs: Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics. Candidates within the program delve into topics such as machine learning, algorithms, data mining, and artificial intelligence while also gaining skills in data analysis and contextualization. With the education Master of Data Science students attain at MSU, they’ll be able to actively contribute to the field through technical writing, data visualization, presentations, and active software solutions.




Working with both the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the School of Computing means that Data Science students have multiple opportunities to work alongside faculty such as Dr. Breschine Cummins and Dr. Tomas Gedeon, who recently made a key contribution to research that indicates that malaria parasites operate on their own internal time clocks rather than that of their hosts.



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Interdisciplinary Flexibility
Courtesy of the program’s core foundations in computer science, mathematics and statistics, students in the Data Science program are then able to springboard off of those foundations to choose courses of professional interest.


WICHE Partnered Program
his graduate program honors the WICHE partnership for students from 15 western states. If you’re a resident of a WICHE state, you qualify for tuition significantly less than standard non-resident tuition. Learn more.


Start-Up Prowess
The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship rated Montana #4 in Startup Activity out of the 25 smaller states and ranked Bozeman #3 in Main Street Entrepreneurship.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the Data Science program and Graduate School offer includes:

To be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, Meritorious Scholarship or a teaching assistanceship, your application must be completed by December 15.


The Data Science program is an interdisciplinary program that draws on courses in Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics. As part of this cross-disciplinary exposure, Data Science students have access to the following laboratories and opportunities:

  • The Software Lab
  • The Applied Algorithms Laboratory
  • The Computational Ecology Group
  • The Numerical Intelligent Systems Laboratory
  • Statistical Consulting and Research Services




Admissions Requirements

Note: no GRE Required.

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Data Science program is not different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the Data Science program. TThis includes any deadlines that the Department of Mathematical Sciences may have.