What will I learn?

This is an interdisciplinary Master of Science program offered jointly by the Department of Statistics (COAS) and the Department of Computer Science (CEAS), housed in the Department of Statistics. Data Science is today one of the most rapidly developing disciplines and data scientists are in high demand in the job market. Students in this program would develop a skill set that will allow them to take on current and future complex data challenges. Graduates will be able to store and access data from a variety of sources (also heterogeneous), process Big Data architecture, apply analytic techniques and algorithms (including statistical and data mining) to large, complex data sets, apply relevant environments for data processing and visualization, work in collaborative teams and communicate effectively.

A minimum of 35 credit is required and the resulting degree is a Master of Science in Data Science.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (35 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$13,244.00 per year
Start date

10 January 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

Western Michigan University,

1903 W Michigan Ave,



49008, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours in economics or in equivalents approved by the graduate advisor. Intermediate level courses on microeconomics and macroeconomics. Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be admitted with conditions and be required to complete ECON 4030 (Intermediate Microeconomics) and ECON 4060 (Intermediate Macroeconomics) with a B or higher in each.

For international students

For admission to the program, candidates must have completed an undergraduate program including linear algebra, calculus, a course in statistical methods, a course in probability, introduction to R software and a strong background in an object oriented programming language such as Java or C++.

Minimum English proficiency test scores:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 80 iBT

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: 6.5

Pearson Test of English, Academic Module (PTE): 54

Michigan English Test (MET): 57

Application deadlines:

Fall: April 1; Spring: August 1

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