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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 Mathematics and Computer Science departments means that Data Science students have opportunities to work with projects connected to Montana State's TechLink Center, who landed a $500,000 contract to continue quality assurance testing on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers software.



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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.

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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.

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Work-Life Balance
Livability has previously ranked Bozeman as one of its Best Places to Live four years in a row, including the #1 best place to live in Montana, calling the city a "tech-savvy, economically vibrant, highly educated city on the grow" with year-round natural attractions.




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

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. This includes any additional deadlines that Data Science program may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.