Announcing a New Online Master’s Program in Data Science

Data science is the next big frontier for technology, uniting various industries and diverse perspectives to solve today’s toughest problems.

“When you look at basically every aspect of our daily lives, underneath it all, there’s a computing angle to it,” said Zachary Ives, department chair and Adani President’s Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. “As technologists, we are building algorithms and devices that are people’s portals in their daily lives – and that puts us in a really powerful and unique position.”

That’s why Penn Engineering is proud to introduce its second world-class online master’s degree. The online Master of Science in Engineering in Data Science (MSE-DS Online) combines Ivy League-quality coursework in topics such as big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to propel students into careers ranging from data scientists to data engineers. Applications open on June 1, 2022 and classes will start in January of 2023.

Building on the success of MCIT Online, the new program is taught by the same world-class educators who teach on campus at the University of Pennsylvania, but our all-online format offers maximum flexibility and convenience. In our collaborative environment, you will have opportunities to interact with faculty in real time and work on group projects with classmates from around the world.

“There’s a tremendous need for more talent in technology,” said Ives. “And it’s clear that the next frontier is in AI and data science. So it was very natural that this became our second flagship online program.” 

Designed for highly motivated students who are passionate about the future of data engineering, MSE-DS Online requires either an undergraduate degree in computer science or an undergraduate degree in a highly quantitative field with significant exposure to computer science.

The new online program will leverage the University of Pennsylvania’s strength across disciplines, providing opportunities to collaborate with a diverse community of peers and faculty. You will graduate with the skills to thrive in careers ranging from technology and engineering to healthcare and policy. Students will l prepare to help shape the future of data science. 

“Computation has become essential to all walks of life,” Ives said. “We have a lot of experience to build on, and we have an amazingly talented faculty — and we’re extremely excited to be launching this program.”

The application for the Spring 2023 cohort of MSE-DS Online opens June 1, 2022. For details, request information or contact Penn Engineering Online.