University of Rochester Institute for Data Science

Degree Programs

Data Science Interdepartmental Studies BA

The University offers an interdepartmental BA with a focus on data science. The major combines computer science, statistics, and a student’s choice of advanced course work in any one of a number of different application areas of data science, including business, biology, earth and environmental science, political science, and others.

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Professional MS in Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science offers a professional Master of Science degree with a concentration in Data Analytics. The program can be completed in three to four semesters of part-time study, taking day-time class two days a week, or in one year of full-time study.

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MS Programs in Business Administration

The Simon School of Business offers many master of science degree programs in business administration, including a recently revamped program with a concentration in business analytics and another in marketing analytics.  Business analysts with data science skills are highly sought after in marketing, finance, insurance, health care, national security, and other fields.

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MA and MS in Medical Statistics

The Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology of the School of Medicine and Dentistry offers graduate programs leading to an MA degree in Statistics or an MS degree in Medical Statistics. The department conducts teaching and research in statistical methodology oriented toward the health sciences, and in statistical theory and stochastic modeling growing out of research in the health sciences.

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PhD Programs in Biomedical Science

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry offers many PhD programs in medical areas of data science, including Epidemiology; Genetics, Genomics and Development; Neuroscience; Computational Biology; and Statistics.

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PhD in Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science offers a PhD program that can be completed in four to five years of full-time study. Data science research in the department includes machine learning, natural language processing, and parallel and distributed systems. Students with a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related fields can apply for direct admission into the PhD program, and receive full financial support, covering both tuition and a paid stipend.

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Making Sense Out of Information


Data science is helping researchers make sense out of vast quantities of information. The field has evolved as a hybrid of research in statistics, electrical and computer engineering, computer science, and scientific information. It is driven largely by the proliferation of data in the digital age.

pie chart showing the 90 percent of the data in the world was generated in the last two years

In 2012, IBM noted that every day we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data—so much so that 90 percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone.