Message from the Director

April 6, 2020

The MS in Data Science (MSDS) at UD is a rapidly growing major that is highly relevant in today’s business, government and academic sectors.  Our first graduates are finishing in May 2020, and we are very proud of them!  We look forward to many more graduates in the coming semesters.

Job opportunities had seemed unlimited just weeks ago, but the future seems less certain.  I’ve experienced down markets for employment in my career.  The best thing that I think one can do is to continue to work toward his or her goals, and to gain additional experience, skills and knowledge toward those goals.   If your dream is to pursue data science as a career, our program can give you experience, knowledge and skills that you will need.  The MSDS will enable you to know what’s inside the black box of software that is analyzing the data, and to use that knowledge to improve your analyses and results.

The MSDS program stands ready to help you achieve your goals.  Here is a sample of what we’re doing:

  • Requested a lower tuition for all students in the program to $950 per credit (pending approval expected very soon);
  • Postponed the deadlines for application (May 1, 2020) and decisions (May 31, 2020) for fall 2020 entrance;
  • Reviewing applications rapidly and giving quick notice of status;
  • Assigning every student an advisor from our extensive group of affiliated faculty;
  • Adding online course formats to the major; and
  • Customizing coursework to fit your goals.

We hope that you will consider the information here in our web page and apply to the program.  We look forward to working with you to achieve your goals!


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Richard J Braun

Founding Director

Professor of Mathematics

Affiliated Faculty, Data Science Institute

Courtesy appointments in Biomedical Engineering

and in the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology