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Master of Science
in Data Science

Data Science Student


Easy Admission | Unique Master Program | High Paying Careers

Pursue Your Dream

The difference between you and a data science professional career is your education. Let Clayton State take you there with graduate programs designed to build the skills needed to be a successful professional in data science!

Join our well-designed Master of Science in Data Science program to advance towards high demanding jobs. The program offers three concentrations, data management and intelligence, knowledge and information systems, and health informatics, for you to choose and complete in three semesters. You will earn an affordable degree from a respected university and find your dreams come true.

Data science student studying

Master’s Degree Designed for ALL:

Current students, working professionals and those seeking change in their career

Choose your own track (applied project or research) and concentration (data management and intelligence, knowledge and information systems, or health informatics) for a promising occupation in fields such as database administrator, database and network administrator, data systems developer, analytics manager, functional analyst, data-driven decision maker, information security analyst, data analyst, and data scientist among others.

Students take 30 credit hours to complete the program. Courses cover the foundations of data science and advanced knowledge in specific concentrations.

Application Deadlines

We accept admission for fall, spring and summer semesters.

Admit Semester Domestic Applications International Applications
Fall July 15 May 15
Spring November 15 September 1
Summer April 25 February 1

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to complete the program?

The Master of Science in Data Science program can be completed in as few as three semesters. Degree completion may take longer depending on the number of credits taken per semester.

What are the admission requirements?

  1. Complete an online application
  2. Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA of undergraduate study from an accredited college or university
  3. Essay of purpose and graduate school interest
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  5. For applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.50 and 2.69, a GRE score of 296 or higher is required.
  6. International students whose native language is not English are required to submit English Language Proficiency through one of the following options: TOEFL (minimum score of 78 total on the internet-based TOEFL), IELTS (minimum score of 6 total), Duolingo English Test (Minimum score of 100), or successful completion of an approved University System of Georgia (USG) intensive ESL program.
  7. If an applicant has completed any coursework, degree or degrees from institutions outside of the United States, he or she must utilize a credential evaluation service. The School of Graduate Studies accepts an official course-by-course evaluation with a GPA that is prepared by either Josef Silney and Associates or World Education Services.

When does the fall, spring, and summer semesters begin?

Semester Start Dates:

Fall 2023: August 12, 2023

Spring 2024: January 6, 2024

Summer 2024: May 18, 2024

What are the requirements to complete the degree program?

Visit the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences for a full listing of programs and degree requirements.

Is the GRE required?

The GRE requirement is determined by undergraduate grade point average. There is no GRE requirement for GPA of 2.7 or above. A minimum GRE score of 296 is required for GPA of 2.50-2.69. Please refer to the admissions requirements for more details.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the program?

Contact the Graduate Program Director at (678) 466-4444 or by email at

Who do I contact if I have questions about the application process?

Contact the School of Graduate Studies Admissions office at (678) 466-4114 or by email at