Information Systems, MS Data Science Specialization

This specialization provides technical and leadership training required for key positions in information technology, data science and analytics. It provides an understanding of how to work in professional roles in today’s data-intensive and data-driven world. It reviews key technologies in analytics and business intelligence drawing from both traditional statistics and machine learning.

Students must take at least 50% of their courses in MSIS.


Core Courses (3 units)

Course Title
MSDS 430-DLPython for Data Analysis
CIS 417-DLDatabase Systems Design & Implementation
CIS 498-DLInformation Systems Project
or CIS 590-DL Capstone Research

Specialization Courses (8 units)

Course Title
CIS 435-DLPractical Data Science Using Machine Learning
MSDS 400-DLMath For Data Scientists
MSDS 401-DLApplied Statistics with R
Any two of the following
Data Visualization
Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning
Knowledge Engineering
Decision Analytics
Any three electives
Web Application Development
Database Administration
Big Data Management and Analytics
Fundamentals of Network Security
Advanced Cyber Security
Disaster Recovery and Continuity
Management of Information Security
Innovation with Blockchain Technology
Information Technology Management
Information Technology Strategy
Project Management Concepts
IT Project Management
Information Technology Business Writing and Communication
Information Technology Finance

About the Final Project

Students may pursue their capstone experience independently or as part of a team. As their final course, students take either the individual research project in an independent study format or the classroom final project class in which students integrate the knowledge they have gained in the core curriculum in a project presented by the instructor. In both cases, students are guided by faculty in exploring the body of knowledge on information systems while contributing research of practical value to the field. The capstone independent project and capstone class project count as one unit of credit.

Course Title
Choose one
Information Systems Project
Capstone Research