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What will I learn?

Data science is systematic way to discover, quantify, and understand relationships hidden in data. A data scientist is an expert in acquiring, storing, accessing, and manipulating data; visualizing and modeling relationships in the data; and drawing actionable conclusions from the data. Data science is a tool applied to other areas of study such as biological sciences or business, and emphasizes the holistic process of “thinking with (real) data.”

The required course work is in statistics and computer science with the upper-division statistics courses utilizing the program competency acquired. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor in another field of interest in order to gain deep understanding of the challenges and needs that can be addressed by data science.

Data science is an essential tool to nearly all disciplines and businesses that collect any data. Government and industry employers need data scientists to store, manipulate, and analyze data acquired in research, engineering, finance, marketing, public health, and other fields. By combining quantitative training with a minor in another field, data scientists are employed in a wide range of fields.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Big Data Analyst

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Statistics
  • Econometrics
  • Actuarial Science
  • Informatics

Which department am I in?

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (At least 120 units of credit)

Tuition fees
US$25,396.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

11 January 2021


Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff Campus,



86011, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a high school and secondary education or post-secondary education in a country; minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for first-year. ACT English Sub Score: 21 or higher SAT Verbal Score: 510 or higher. English Language Requirements: Students are required to have TOEFL: 70 IBT or 525 PBT; IELTS: 6.0 band or higher.

For international students

A student must have a secondary (high school) and post-secondary/university education, as well as any vocational with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for first-year and transfer students.

English Proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): an overall score of 70 (School code 4006)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.0

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) - 56

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

Teaching is world-class and led by expert faculty who know how to nurture student talent.

  • Bachelor’s and graduate degrees
  • English language and exchange programs
  • Located in the stunning natural U.S. state of Arizona
  • 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio