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Master of Science

Data Science

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In-Demand Talent

Pursuing a career in data science is one of the best choices a student can make. Data science was named the fastest-growing job in 2017 by LinkedIn, and in 2018 Glassdoor ranked data scientist as the best job in the United States. According to a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers, “The best jobs right now in America include titles like data scientist, data engineer, and business analyst.”

Program Highlights

The M.S. in Data Science program helps students identify and formulate key business challenges, collect and manage data from a variety of sources, select effective analytical techniques to identify solutions, and communicate results in a clear and creative way, harnessing the power of data in decision making.


Education Meets Innovation

Students in the program will learn to identify and formulate key business challenges, collect and manage data from a variety of sources, select effective analytical techniques to identify solutions, and communicate results in a clear and creative way, harnessing the power of data in decision making. The program focuses on mastering modern data analytics tools and emerging techniques in data science.


Data Science Careers

Data scientists are in high demand in a wide range of industries, including information technology, finance, healthcare, insurance, energy, transportation, manufacturing, and telecommunications.

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Job Growth

Fortune notes that data science has been one of the fastest-growing employment fields, with demand for data scientists growing 650% from 2012 to 2017 alone according to LinkedIn. Demand is expected to remain that way; from 2020 to 2030, the job outlook within the field is projected to grow 22%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Career Paths

Graduates of data science have worked in a variety of different industries, including major software companies, the Department of Defense, finance and insurance organizations, transportation, logistics and distribution industries, marketing and media, and large retail corporations.


Data Science Stats

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Average annual wage for data scientists.
New jobs in data science are expected from 2020 to 2030.
Increase in data science/analytics jobs between 2019 and 2021 in Florida, representing nearly 20,000 jobs.

Meet the Faculty

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Jasser Jasser

Jasser Jasser

Adjunct Professor
Brian Hornung

Brian Hornung

Visiting Instructor

Research Facilities  

The M.S. in Computer Science program shares faculty and resources with electrical and computer engineering programs, exposing you to an interdisciplinary learning and research environment that mirrors industry. 


Applied Research Center 

Florida Poly’s 90,000-square-foot Applied Research Center (ARC) was created as a research hub for the Central Florida region to become a magnet for high-tech development around the school. The Applied Research Center houses research and teaching laboratories, student design spaces, conference rooms, and faculty offices. The building also provides study areas for graduate students, and a small amount of administrative space.



SunTrax is a large-scale, cutting-edge facility dedicated to the research, development, and testing of emerging transportation technologies in safe and controlled environments. Many of the opportunities are related to tolling, ITS, and automated and connected vehicles. Additionally, the entire site is a connected environment for testing Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications.



Program Details and Admissions Requirements

The M.S. in Data Science is offered with three pathways: a 10-month, course only option culminating in a project-seminar; a 16-month program that includes an individual or small group project; and a two-year, thesis-based option.

Data science at Florida Poly integrates coursework in machine learning and advanced computation and programming, utilizing a faculty with strong computer and computation science backgrounds. The program is designed to provide students with any STEM background, including quality social scientists, the breadth of tools to support their careers or career aspirations.

Admission to our graduate program is a selective process, and the committee will conduct a comprehensive review to assess each applicant’s promise for academic success at Florida Poly. Once the above materials have been submitted, your application will be reviewed by the Florida Poly Graduate Admission Committee.

  1. Send us your official college transcripts from all of the institutions you’ve attended. If your cumulative college GPA is below a 3.25, please also submit official GRE scores. If your cumulative college GPA is a 3.25 or higher, the Graduate Admission Committee may waive the GRE requirement.
  2. Submit two letters of recommendation.
  3. Submit a Statement of Purpose. This should be a brief summary of your research interests and goals for the program.

Please send all documents to:

Florida Polytechnic University
Office of Admissions
4700 Research Way
Lakeland, FL 33805

Start (or resume) your application.

Upon completion of the for the Master of Science in Data Science, students are expected to demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate mastery in analyzing complex problems and applying knowledge of data science to formulate solutions.
  • Communicate data science information clearly and effectively through presentations and technical writings to both expert and non-expert audiences.
  • Demonstrate critical evaluation of recent research literature.
  • Identify a novel relevant research problem in a chosen data science research field, perform the literature survey for the problem, create a plan to solve the problem, carry on the plan, and defend the research.
  • Recognize appropriate practices in the field of data science and their ethical implications.

The M.S. in Data Science is a 30 credit-hour program. Among its courses are:

  • COP 5727-Advanced Database Systems Design
  • COP 5090-Scientific Computation and Programming
  • CAP 5771-Data Mining & Text Mining
  • IDS 5970 Thesis 1 or Data Science Program Elective
  • QMB 5565-Quantitative Empirical Research Methods
  • CAP 5775-Data Warehousing
  • ESI 5315-Optimization and Simulation
  • CAP 5634-Advanced Artificial Intelligence
  • CAP 5735-Data Visualization and Reproducible Research
  • CAP 5765 -Computational Data Analysis
  • CAP 4786-Topics in Big Data Analytics
  • 4853-Time Series Analysis for Business, Data Science, and Economics


Make Your Passion a Career

We're here to give you the resources to land your dream internship, work alongside faculty in groundbreaking research, and to develop leadership skills to stand out in the workplace.  
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Internships are an important part of setting up you up for success after college and are a requirement for you to graduate. 
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Conduct research along side faculty that is improving lives and changing businesses, with impact ranging from local Lakeland community to the outer-reaches of space. 
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We understand the importance of feeling prepared, and we are committed to your success here and beyond. That's why we have resources to support you in your continued career development.

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