USD Announces First Graduating Class of Master’s Degree in Applied Data Science

| June 5, 2022 | 0 Comments

In 2020, University of San Diego (USD) launched its fully online Master of Science in Applied Data Sciences (MS-ADS) program. The academic institution celebrated the first graduating class of the program on Saturday, May 28 at Torero Stadium with a total of 22 students from across the country donning their caps and gowns. Given the program is 100 percent virtual, many had never met before, as one would in a traditional classroom, making it even more of a special graduation day for this inaugural class. 

USD’s Master of Science in Applied Data Science is ranked among the top 10 universities to apply for a master’s in data science degree by Analytics Insight.The program also ranks 33rd on themost affordable online master’s in data science programs by The Best Colleges Online. Another home run for the program’s successful launch was their early focus on community outreach through a free virtual workshop series offered in partnership with the San Diego Tech Hub.

In the era of big data, the field of data science is driving innovation by uncovering valuable insights and information hidden in the vast volumes of data being generated and stored every second. The rankings come out with perfect timing, with the “great resignation” still going on with no end in sight.  The narrative continues to back up what has been repeatedly reported.  This is the perfect time for exploring new careers or advancing careers.  Data science and artificial intelligence relevant careers are not only lucrative but extremely booming. This degree is designed by data science experienced practitioners from different industries in close collaboration with key industry stakeholders to offer a cutting-edge curriculum taught by active industry experts.

“This program is an invaluable opportunity for career advancement in a dynamic and in-demand field,” said Dean Chell Roberts of the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. “We are very excited to celebrate our first graduating class. A tremendous group of students who will go out and make lasting impacts in today’s evolving workforce and technologically advanced society.” “I’m very proud of our first graduating cohort. They will be invaluable assets to future or even current employers,” said Dr. Ebrahim Tarshizi, the program director.

ZDNet reports data from LinkedIn shows a three-year hiring growth of 37 percent for data scientist jobs, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports median salaries for data scientists of $126,830.

The new Applied Data Science master’s degree offered through USD’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering develops a student’s foundational knowledge and real-world technical data science skills, preparing and positioning them to thrive in this highly in-demand field. With a class format that is 100 percent online, the program targets working professionals who want to earn their MS-ADS while balancing the demands of work and family life. It takes approximately 20 months to complete and is now accepting applications for their next semester now. The application deadline is August 1, 2022.  More information about the program and applying can be found at

The academic institution celebrated the first graduating class of the online Master of Science in Applied Data Sciences (MS-ADS) program with a total of 22 students from across the country donning their caps and gowns.

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