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Master of Applied Data Science degree

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Join the best faculty and students in data science

The University of Michigan School of Information’s (UMSI) Master of Applied Data Science (MADS) degree program is taught by top UMSI faculty well known as leaders in the field. Our rigorous admissions process ensures you will be learning among a close-knit community of peers from a variety of backgrounds.

Come join a prolific network of data scientists influencing the future of the field. You’ll have access to online discussion groups and to all U-M and UMSI community resources, including career development services, opportunities for hands-on experiences, and the University of Michigan’s 640,000-member alumni global network.


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Reported by MADS graduates who accepted a new job in the technology industry.

A world-class, high-impact master’s degree

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Data science is a high-demand field where you can make a difference solving real-world problems in just about every industry.

Our MADS degree is a highly respected program providing critical insight into data collection, computation and analytics, allowing our graduates to put data science learnings into practice in a wide range of successful data science careers.

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"My classmates are in every industry and at every point in their career path: data science veterans looking for an official credential, established data analysts looking to advance, early careerists fresh out of undergrad. Everyone brings so much to the table. I’ve learned so much from my classmates."

– Michelle Leblanc, 2021 MADS graduate

Designed to fit your schedule

MADS is a flexible and practical degree for students with diverse backgrounds who want to apply rigorous data science in their jobs or launch new careers in this rapidly growing field. You don’t need an advanced technical background; just introductory statistics and basic Python proficiency.

The flexibility of 100% online courses allows you to earn your degree while managing all kinds of life and career circumstances. Courses are between one and three credits each and take one to two months to complete. You can take as little as one and as many as three credits per month. A total of 34 credits is required to graduate.

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