Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Data Science


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. in Data Science

Format: Online

Program Description:

What Is a Master’s in Data Science?

A Master of Science in Data Science degree from Grand Canyon University (GCU) prepares professionals with a strong aptitude for mathematical reasoning and statistical computing for a career path in data analysis, essential to data-driven enterprises. In today’s information age and fast-growing digital world, data science is rising as a high-demand career path, seeking results oriented professionals who are skilled in data analysis, data mining, computer programming and problem solving in order to make effective data-driven business decisions.

Students in the data science master’s degree program will gain a solid understanding and practical experience with the application of predictive analytics theory, principles, technical tools and industry-specific knowledge to a wide variety of problems in science, engineering and business. This is a profession that requires data science professionals to be able to handle the entire data lifecycle:

    Identify challenges/ask questions
    Capture data from various sources
    Interpret and organize information
    Use intelligence to develop solutions
    Apply findings to answer questions
    Drive business strategy

These data science professionals are assets for all industries that are experiencing a shortage of candidates who have the technical skills to perform this job. The master’s in data science program is ideal for professionals who are interested in advancing their career, making discoveries with big data, working with new innovative technologies and pursuing research-oriented, forward-thinking leadership roles to impact business decisions.

About the Online Data Science Master's Program at GCU

GCU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology offers this MS in Data Science program 100% online to meet the needs of adult students and working professionals. By learning through an innovative digital learning platform, students are able to study from anywhere, anytime, according to their schedule. The data science master’s faith-integrated curriculum is based on GCU’s Christian worldview, which advocates for ethical decision making.

To be admitted into GCU’s MS in Data Science program, students must have graduated from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.8 or higher. In addition, students must have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science, statistics, mathematics, physics or engineering. Alternatively, an undergraduate or graduate degree in a non-technology field and GCU’s Bridge to Master of Science in Data Science is also acceptable.

What You Will Learn With a Master’s in Data Science

The focus areas for the online master’s in data science program include:

    Predictive analytics and modeling
    Business intelligence
    Machine learning
    Software tools

Students will gain competencies in these domains:

    Data Science Analytics: Apply data analytics and statistical techniques to discover and deliver meaningful insights for problems, processes and decision making
    Data Science Engineering: Use engineering principles and modern computer technologies to develop new data analytics applications
    Data Management: Develop enterprise data management, protection and storage systems
    Research and Applications: Formulate research questions, design experiments, analyze results and communicate research findings
    Business Analytics: Gain knowledge in Business Analytics and Business Intelligence (BI) methods and develop business-oriented data products
    Professionalism, Ethics and Sustainability: Demonstrate ethical judgment for new data-driven business processes

The online Master of Science in Data Science degree culminates in a capstone project course that provides an opportunity for students to develop an evidence-based practice project proposal that addresses a current problem, issue or concern in data science. Students identify a problem amenable to research-based intervention, search literature, propose a solution and develop a plan to implement the solution, evaluate its outcome(s) and disseminate the findings.

What Can I Become With a Master’s in Data Science?

Graduates of the MS in Data Science program may take on roles within an organization such as:

    Natural sciences manager
    Data scientist
    Survey researcher
    Mathematical science teacher (postsecondary)

Potential work settings in the field of data science include:

    Web-based retailers
    Social media companies
    Primary care facilities
    Large manufacturing corporations
    Financial institutions
    Insurance companies
    Educational institutions
    Technology suppliers
    Consulting firms
    Think tanks
    Research facilities

1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Computer Information and Research Scientists as of May 2021, retrieved on March 21, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as computer information and research scientists. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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