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Master of Science in Data Science 4+1

With the MS in Data Science Program at Saint Mary’s College, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need to meet growing demands in the data science industry. After completing a bachelor’s degree as a resident of Saint Mary’s, our flexible, fully online master’s program equips you with enduring skills to succeed in this high-paying, fast-growing field. With our data science degree, you’ll become a well-rounded data scientist ready to take on complex data challenges now and in the future — no matter what industry you choose.

The 4+1 Pathway

At Saint Mary’s, current students can earn a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in just five years. If admitted to the master’s program, students will take two graduate level courses in the Data Science program while in your senior year allowing you to earn up to six credits towards your graduate degree while still finishing your undergraduate degree.

How it Works

Saint Mary’s applicants can apply during the second semester of their junior year or first semester of senior year. 

  • completed application form

  • personal statement that describes how the experiences in your life make you ideally suited to become a data scientist

  • official transcripts

  • completion of prerequisite courses

  • contact information for an academic reference (waived for current Saint Mary's students)

  • prerequisite Courses

    • Calculus I

    • Calculus II

    • Statistics

    • Computer Programming

    • Linear Algebra (or equivalent)

    • *One graduate data science course (Only for those applying in fall semester of the senior year at Saint Mary’s College)


US News & World Report: The median salary of data scientists was $100,910 in 2021. The best-paid 25 percent made $130,770 that year.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Job Outlook, 2021-31 36% Growth (much faster than average). About 13,500 openings for data scientists are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

Tuition Savings

Complete year one of master’s degree during bachelor’s program

  • Pay for only one year of graduate coursework

  • Cost savings for 2024 +1 year: $33,944

Contact Information and Links

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Office of Graduate Studies, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 284-5098


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