Message from the Director

February 16, 2021

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 four graduates finished in 2020, with three in May and one in December, and we are very proud of them!  All are employed in the field or in graduate school.  Five more students will finish in May; we look forward to many more graduates thereafter!

Job opportunities had seemed unlimited just a year ago, but the last year has certainly brought challenges all over the world.  The future seems less certain than it did, but I’m optimistic that opportunities in the fields related to data science, and using data wisely, will continue to grow.  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:

  • Lowered tuition for students in the program to $950 per credit;
  • Reviewing applications as rapidly as we can and giving quick notice of status;
  • Assigning every student an advisor from our extensive group of affiliated faculty;
  • Helping students obtain relevant internship and project experience;
  • Adding online course formats to the major; and
  • Customizing coursework to fit your goals.

Like many applicants, students and faculty, I look forward to the time when we are all able to meet on campus again.  The spring 2021 semester is nearly all online here at UD, but I’m optimistic that the fall 2021 semester will have most if not all courses on campus again.  At that time, we expect to have a few more online options to mix with the on-campus experience to help students finish in a timely way.

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