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Data Science and Analytics


At the College of Charleston, data science students are taught to scrape, process, organize, and analyze large data sets to identify patterns and trends. They learn to use the tools and problem-solving skills of mathematics and computer science to gather information from large, multidimensional data sets, data streams and complex systems.

Whether you plan to crunch numbers for the sports analytics, precision medicine, predict the stock market, or leverage big data to provide business insights, you’ll get the required background here.

Consistently ranked as one of the top fields to watch in the next decade, recent graduates at the College of Charleston have obtained positions at industry-leading analytic companies or obtained graduate school fellowships to Ivy League colleges. Our new curriculum allows you to customize your experience to focus on emerging fields such as biomedical informatics, business analytics, bioinformatics, geoinformatics, physics, digital humanities, and health informatics.

Why the College of Charleston?

  • Modern in-person advanced graduate degree in Data Science and Analytics designed to be completed within 13 months
  • First undergraduate data science degree to be offered in the US 
  • Choice of emphasis domains from which to specialize
  • Opportunities for undergraduate and graduate research
  • Paid internships for students with IBM, Bibliolife, MUSC and more
  • Career opportunities emerging in all areas of industry, business and science
  • Department of Labor statistics project a 25% growth rate in employment through the year 2018

Graduate Degree in Data Science and Analytics - Master of Science

The first master’s degree of its kind in South Carolina, the College’s new Master of Data Science and Analytics offers students from any undergraduate program access to an advanced degree in the growing field of data science. The new graduate degree in data science will focus on machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data and analytics with an emphasis on producing the next evolution of advanced data science practicioners. Enrollment begins Summer 2019 and applications are due by February 1st.

There is no fixed prerequisite degree path. Prospective students who earned bachelor’s degrees in data science, math, biology, chemistry, physics, business administration or economics, for example, would be a good fit for this master’s program. 

Major in Data Science - Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Data Science is intended for students who wish to pursue professional positions in data mining, business intelligence, national security, genomics, drug informatics, biomedical informatics, and any other data-intensive field in which new knowledge is discovered through patterns in data. DATA is new. DATA is hot. DATA is suited to students who love to apply computing and math. As a data science major, you may select from one of four specializiations which you can customize to match your career and academic goals.

  • Catalog: BS in Data Science
  • Choose from four specializations:
    • Business Analytics Emphasis (e.g., Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance)
    • Sciences Emphasis (e.g., Bioinformatics, Geoinformatics, Physics)
    • Social Sciences Emphasis (e.g., Psychology, Sociology)
    • Arts and Humanities Emphasis (e.g., Archaeological Informatics, Digital Humanities)
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Minor in Data Science

For more information on pursuing a minor in Data Science, please reference the following links: