**Due to COVID-19, see updated application requirements below**
Imagine a project involving numerous, linked Excel spreadsheets with over 1,000,000 rows of data with a dozen columns of attributes. Google processes over one million gigabytes of data daily. Tens of billions of financial shares are traded every day. Every week, astronomers collect over 100,000 terabytes of data from the heavens. Health professionals enter over terabyte of data monthly in the USA. This is big data.
The University of Houston–Downtown offers an evening and weekend Master of Science in Data Analytics. Weekday classes start at 5:30 PM! This is a master's program that will allow motivated, ambitious students from various academic backgrounds to learn the statistical and computation tools to assemble, structure, and analyze large data sets; learn to manage large projects involving big data; and effectively communicate findings, visually, orally, and in writing.
The Master of Science in Data Analytics (MSDA) is a theory and application-based program that will provide students with a broad education in advanced statistics, digital data acquisition, digital data management, data analysis, and data presentation. The MS in Data Analytics is designed to meet the increasing need for highly skilled data analysts who can analyze the growing amount of data confronting in a variety of disciplines, and transform it into usable information for use in decision-making. The program is a university-wide collaboration that delivers rigorous training in statistical analysis and computational techniques and provides mastery of data analysis tied to interdisciplinary applications. Students in the program study 27 hours of foundation courses with topics in regression analysis, multivariate analysis, experimental design, nonparametric analysis, statistical modeling, simulation, mathematical theory for data analysis, and statistical computing. Students also take 6 hours of interdisciplinary application courses in business management, science, criminal justice, education, communication, and social sciences. In the final semester, students will have the opportunity to engage in research or real-world applications with faculty members at UHD and other collaborators of UHD faculty and/or internships with partnering businesses, industry, and government agencies.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Students who complete the program will be able to:
- Organize, manipulate, and summarize data in various formats.
- Convert a data analytic problem and related information into a proper mathematical representation and select appropriate methodologies for analysis based on attributes of the available data sets.
- Implement security measures and ethical practices for the collection and storage of data.
- Transfer (and transform) data from different platforms into usable contexts.
- Communicate and summarize results of data analysis in written, oral and visual form.
- Select the appropriate methods and tools for data analysis in specific organizational contexts.
MSDA Degree Requirements:
The Master of Science in Data Analytics requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours that include a choice of a capstone or internship experience. Students who did not earn a Bachelor's degree with some emphasis in statistics will need to complete the leveling course STAT 5301 Statistical Foundations for Data Analytics. Likewise, students who did not earn a Bachelor's degree with some emphasis in computer science will need to complete the leveling course CS 5301 Programming Foundations for Data Analytics.
|STAT 5301||Statistical Foundations for Data Analytics|
|CS 5301||Programming Foundations for Data Analytics|
|STAT 5307||Time Series Analysis|
|STAT 5310||Applied Regression Analysis|
|STAT 5311||Multivariate Analysis and Nonparametric Statistics|
|TCOM 5340||Project Management|
|CS 5310||Data Mining|
|CS 5318||Database Management Systems|
|CS 6301||Information Visualization|
CS/ STAT 6399 or CS/STAT 6380
|(In your last semester)|
*MBA Graduate tuition will apply.
|CJ 6321||Quantitative Analysis and Criminal Justice|
|CS 6302||Predictive Analytics|
|CS 6303||Big Data Analytics|
|MATH 5302||Mathematical Statistics|
|*MBA 6211||Managerial Decision Making|
|*MBA 6325||Decision Modeling|
|*MBA 6362||Financial Forecasting|
|SOC 6320||Survey Research Methods|
|STAT 5309||Design and Analysis of Experiments|
For course descriptions please see the
Graduation is dependent upon satisfactory completion of all coursework with a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.0 and completion of a capstone course, internship course or approved directed study. Satisfactory completion of graduate courses includes completing all coursework with a grade of "B" or better.
Minimum Grade Point Average to remain in the MSDA program
No more than two grades below a "B" in any graduate level courses will be accepted toward the MS in Data Analytics degree. At most two grades of "C" will be allowed and then only if the cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher. Upon receipt of the third grade below a "B" in any three required graduate courses, or if the GPA drops below 3.0, the student will be academically dismissed from the program once all appeals processes are exhausted.
Transfer of Graduate Credits
A maximum of two approved courses may be transferred from another accredited university. A minimum grade of "B" is required for the course to transfer. All petitions for transfer credit must be submitted to the UHD Graduate Admissions Committee at the time of application for the committee's approval.
Admission requirements for the MS in data analytics are designed to identify applicants who have the ability, interest, and qualities necessary to complete the program. Admission is competitive and selective. Applicants must demonstrate that they possess the abilities, interests, and qualities necessary to successfully complete the program.
Summer 2021 Deadline for US residents May 15 and International April 1. Fall 2021 US residents July 15 and International May 1
Applicants seeking admission will provide the following application materials for review by the Graduate Curriculum Committee (all documents to be submitted to the Graduate Admissions office at
- A completed Apply Texas application (Click on Apply Now below).
- Submit (1,000 words or less) personal statement that addresses why you want to pursue a master's in data analytics.
- Bachelor degree conferred by a regionally accredited institution.
Official University transcript(s) from which the applicant earned a Bachelor's degree and an advanced degree (if applicable). If applicants are experiencing any delays in submitting their official transcript, we will currently accept unofficial transcripts indicating Bachelor’s degree conferred as part of the completion of the application. However, in compliance with the university, official transcripts must be submitted by the end of applicant’s first completed semester.
- the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework and evidence of Bachelor's degree awarded and
- the GPA. As admission to the degree program is competitive, candidates with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher will be preferred.
Graduate Record Exam
(GRE) Waiver can be requested for applicants with a GPA above 3.0 in their last 60 hours of college coursework or complete CS 5301 (Programming Foundations for Data Analytics) and STAT 5301 (Statistical Foundations for Data Analytics) with a grade of B or better. Contact the College of Sciences and Technology Graduate Studies office for more details. The last 60 hours GPA must be counted with all attempted course grades including repeats and not just the highest grades.
- Resume documenting any work experience that emphasizes personal and professional accomplishments.
- Two letters recommendation
or two recommendation forms from individuals well-acquainted with your work and who are able to address your academic potential, for example, work supervisors and professors. Fill out the
MSDA Application Reference Form.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if you are a graduate of a university where English is not the primary language of instruction (preferred TOEFL scores are: an Internet-based score of 81, a paper-based score of 553 or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher). While we are not currently requiring the TOEFL/IELTS scores, the College of Sciences and Technology Graduate Studies office will be using other evidence of English language fluency. For example, providing proof of steady U.S. employment where English is the primarily language spoken for day to day functions.
Disclaimer: Please note that these updated COVID-19 changes does not guarantee admission, but instead will be used as alternatives to review your application holistically within the guidelines set by our college.
The Graduate Advisory Committee will evaluate applications using a holistic matrix based on GPA, GRE score, relevant coursework or experience, recommendations, and other written materials in the applicant's file. The Graduate Advisory Committee will use the results of this evaluation to determine if an applicant is admitted. The Graduate Coordinator will notify students, in writing, of the committee's decision.
* Please view all of the
application requirements on the UHD Admissions website before submitting your application.
Virtual Information Session
You are cordially invited to an information session for the Master of Science in Data Analytics program at the University of Houston-Downtown. A master's degree from the University of Houston-Downtown can be the edge you need to launch your career to new heights.
During the information session, you will have the chance to learn about admissions requirements and financial aid options, and discuss schedules and curriculum.
Spring Virtual Information Session Dates:
The College of Sciences and Technology, Graduate Studies currently offers a Master of Science in Data Analytics. We provide academic advising to current graduate students in the program. If you need assistance with personalizing your graduation plan to ensure you graduate within a timely manner, please schedule an appointment. All students have access to their degree evaluation on e-services and we are more than happy to assist you with any advising questions or concerns. Please see office hours below.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00 am -5:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am -6:00 pm
Phone Number: 713-221-5702
Questions About Graduate Admissions
Graduate Admissions Office
For any other information about the new MS in Data Analytics, contact the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, Angel Griffin at
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