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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 300 (155 Quantitative and 140 Verbal). GMAT may be used in lieu of GRE.
      • GRE is not required for students with a Master or Ph.D. degree or a Bachelor degree from an accredited US university.
    • Foundation Courses (C or better in the following courses or their equivalent): DASC 5031 - Python for Data Science Credit Hours: 3, DASC 5032 - Data Structures for Data Science Credit Hours: 3, STAT 3334 - Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers Credit Hours: 3


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. 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

    Deadline - May 1

  • Spring

    Deadline - October 1

  • Summer*

    Deadline - April 1

For more information regarding deferring your application, please visit Deferring International Admission.

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

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Data Science M.S. Faculty

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

Ross Niswanger
Ross Niswanger

Ross Niswanger

Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3809
Email: niswanger@uhcl.edu
Office: D146

Ross Niswanger 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

Yalong Wu

Yalong Wu

Assistant Professor of Data Science,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3808
Email: wuy@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta 147

Yalong Wu 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