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Data Science M.S.

Catapult Your Professional Career in Data Science

Data science is the effective use of data to extract valuable information and solve problems. It incorporates multi-disciplinary theories and skills, including computer science, statistics, software engineering, and the application domains. Data science is one of the most favorable career paths for highly-skilled professionals from diverse backgrounds. Based on salary, job demand growth and job satisfaction, Glassdoor.com ranked data scientist among the top three best jobs in the United States since 2016. It reported a median salary of $113,736 in 2021. 

The University of Houston-Clear Lake's Master of Science in Data Science degree takes a modern, industrial-oriented and multi-disciplinary approach to prepare students for promising data science jobs in wide career paths, such as data scientist and engineer, business and data analyst, data and enterprise architect, etc. 

A Well-Balanced and Customizable Degree for Diverse Student Backgrounds

The Data Science M.S. degree program is designated as a STEM subject but is designed for a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds, including those that are non-STEM. Students can choose between a specialization in business analytics, bioinformatics, and big data and cloud solutions, or custom-design a specialization to complement a specific career track.

The Data Science program has a close tie with local businesses and industry to ensure the program balance, currency and relevance, and to provide industrial capstone projects to the student. The faculty body is student-oriented and maintains active research in data science-related areas, including data analytics, Internet of Things and blockchain. 

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Admission Requirements

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  • Data Science M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application

    A standard university application is required.

  • Requirements
    • GPA of 3.0 in an undergraduate degree.
    • GRE Total Score of 290 (150 Quantitative). GMAT may be used in lieu of GRE.
    • GRE is not required for students with a Master or Ph.D. degree, or undergraduate with a Bachelor degree from an US university. 


Degree Requirements

UHCL’s College of Science and Engineering has created a solid foundation of study designed to help you make your educational dreams a reality. Explore the classes you’ll need to take for your University of Houston-Clear Lake degree.

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Cost Information

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Fall
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Returning UHCL Students - August 15
  • Spring
    New Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
    Returning UHCL Students - January 15
  • Summer
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Returning UHCL Students - May 25

Please note, some graduate programs have special deadlines and requirements. For more information, go to How to Apply as a Graduate Student. Check the status of your application online through E-Services using your UHCL student ID.

The UHCL application is available online through Apply Texas. The online application is scheduled to close for Graduate students after the Formal UHCL Student deadline of each semester.

Applying After the Priority Deadline

New, non-degree seeking, and returning UHCL students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information. A $50.00 Late Registration Fee or $50.00 Late Payment may apply.

Review the UHCL Academic Calendar for registration and payment dates and deadlines.


  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Final - April 1
    Document Deadline - April 15

    Early Fall Deadline - Computer Science, Computer Information System, Data Science, Software Engineering Final - February 4

  • Spring

    Final - October 1
    Document Deadline - October 15

    Early Spring Deadline - Computer Science, Computer Information System, Data Science, Software Engineering Final - August 1

  • Summer*

    Final - March 1
    Document Deadline - March 15

    Early Summer Deadline - Computer Science, Computer Information System, Data Science, Software Engineering Final - February 4

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


Locations

University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

About UHCL

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UHCL Online

Bayou Building, Room 1406
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-212-1611

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Hybrid

Hybrid

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Data Science M.S. Faculty

Ahmed Abukmail

Ahmed Abukmail

Program Chair of Computer Science and Associate Professor of Computer Science,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3888
Email: Abukmail@UHCL.edu
Office: Delta 169

Ahmed Abukmail Faculty Bio

Hisham Al-Mubaid
Hisham Al-Mubaid

Hisham Al-Mubaid

Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3802
Email: hisham@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta 168

Hisham Al-Mubaid Faculty Bio

Gary Boetticher
Gary Boetticher

Gary Boetticher

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Computer Information Systems and Software Engineering ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3805
Email: boetticher@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta 164

Gary Boetticher Faculty Bio

Sadegh Davari
Sadegh Davari

Sadegh Davari

Department Chair of Computing and Mathematics and Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3865
Email: davari@uhcl.edu
Office: D153

Sadegh Davari Faculty Bio

Sharon Hall
Sharon Hall

Sharon Perkins Hall

Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3868
Email: perkins@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta 115

Sharon Perkins Hall Faculty Bio

Kewei Sha
Dr. Kewei Sha

Kewei Sha

Assistant Professor of Computer Science,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3874
Email: sha@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta 148

Kewei Sha Faculty Bio

Wei Wei
Wei Wei

Wei Wei

Program Chair of Computer Information Systems and Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3732
Email: Wei@UHCL.edu
Office: Delta 175

Wei Wei Faculty Bio

Kwok Bun Yue
Kwok-Bun Yue

Kwok-Bun Yue

Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3864
Email: yue@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta 163

Kwok-Bun Yue Faculty Bio