About the Program


You should be proficient in calculus and linear algebra and also have some knowledge of probability and statistics. You are also required to have some experience in computer programming and working with databases. If you don’t have the requisite experience, you must take our online bridge courses in database management systems and programming in Python before starting the MS in Data Science curriculum. See the curriculum page for details.


The data science program was designed to be completed part-time in two years. See our curriculum page for the program structure. Students who choose to take courses full-time can complete the program in a little over one year.


No, all courses are offered through the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.


Founded in 1983, the Seidenberg School at Pace University is one of the nation’s first dedicated schools of computer science and information systems. Our MS in Data Science is intended for students who have backgrounds in computer science or statistics and are interested in synthesizing skills from those fields. The program has been STEM-designated which indicates a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math that can lead to rewarding career opportunities.


Our data science master’s program will help you build the knowledge and skills to excel in any role that involves collecting, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative information. Some possible roles for graduates include:

  • Data Scientist
  • Database Architect
  • Data Engineer
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • Software Engineer
  • Network Architect

For more information, visit our article about what you can do with a master’s in data science.


There’s an enormous and growing need for data science specialists in financial services, technology, consumer products, consulting, retail, healthcare, telecommunications, aerospace, scientific research, and government. Based on an analysis of data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Burning Glass projects 19% growth in data science roles between 2020 and 2030, much faster than the average rate of 4% for all occupations. Data science has topped LinkedIn’s list of Emerging Jobs multiple years in a row with 37% annual growth in related positions.


Students enrolled in Pace Online programs may be eligible for Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loans and private education loans to cover tuition and other education-related costs. For more information about funding your education, see Pace’s Financial Aid Office.

Veterans may be eligible for tuition benefits through the GI Bill. For questions about veterans benefits, email Veteran Services Director Peter Riley at priley@pace.edu.


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