Advising and Program Overview

Learn more about degree requirements including advising, registration, plan of study, culminating experience, and more.

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The program director and graduate coordinator oversee all aspects of study while students are enrolled in the program. As the program is cohort based with a very structured plan of study, students are not assigned a primary advisor outside of the program director.

Plan of Study

The program is taught in a cohort-based model. Students will complete 30 credit hours: 24 credits (8 courses) of core classes, a major applications survey course (3 credits), and a 3-credit hour project course that serves as a culminating experience.

Students have the opportunity to enroll part- or full-time. Students following the full-time schedule will follow the course plan below:

Fall semester: 12 credits

  • Introduction to Data Driven Analysis (3 cr)
  • Statistical Data Mining I (3 cr)
  • Probability Theory (3 cr)
  • Database Management Systems (3 cr)

Spring Semester: 12 credits

  • Introduction to Numerical Analysis (3 cr)
  • Statistical Data Mining II (3 cr)
  • Intro to Machine Learning (3 cr)
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy and Ethics (3 cr)

Summer/Fall: 6 credits

  • Major Applications (3 cr)*
  • Master’s Project (3 cr)*

*Students can choose to take both in the summer, split between Summer and Fall (4th semester), or take both in the Fall


Students are required to maintain continuous registration until they complete the program. Full-time status is 12 credit hours. If students meet the requirement to be registered for less than 12 credit hours, then a certification of full-time status form must be completed with the graduate coordinator. International students should contact ISSS about a reduce course load form as well.

New students should communicate with the graduate coordinator if they intend to enroll full- or part-time to get the options for course registration each semester. A schedule will be sent accordingly that students must sign in order to be registered.

Culminating Experience

All students will complete a master’s project in their final semester of study under the course CDA 571 Project Guidance. This course is geared towards providing the student with practical experience in the area through an individualized project within the university under the academic supervision of a faculty mentor in the participating departments/schools. The course will allow the student to integrate knowledge and skills acquired throughout the MPS program into practical application.


Students have the opportunity to complete an internship as part of their culminating experience. Students will register for 1-3 credits of CDA 571 Major Applications to complete this requirement. The earliest students can enroll in the master’s project is after successful completion of two semesters of full-time study.

Students must have their project/internship site approved by the program director. An offer letter is needed that includes the job duties, schedule/hours worked per week, and dates of the internship.

International students must apply for CPT and meet the eligibility requirements. Students who enroll in the fall semester can start CPT the following summer. Full-time internships (up to 40 hours per week) cannot be completed in the final semester of study. Students can do a full-time internship in the summer (or winter- depending on enrollment term) semester and complete their final coursework in the semester to follow.

Students should contact the graduate coordinator for more details and to help with the appropriate paperwork need for CPT as well as an offer letter from the employer in order to be registered for the course.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates must meet the Graduate School’s degree conferral requirements to be eligible to graduate:

  1. Maintain continuous registration each spring and fall semester until all requirements for the degree have been completed
  2. Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate study
  3. Fulfill the minimum residency requirement of 24 UB credits of registration
  4. Apply to graduate (in HUB) before deadline
  5. Successfully complete masters project
  • Project must be approved by the program director (who serves as the advisor for all students)

Graduation Information

General information regarding graduation can be found on The Graduate School website. This includes information regarding deadlines, required forms, and a checklist of requirements.

Other Policies and Resources

There are several other documents and websites, updated regularly, with which you should be familiar because they contain university policies and procedures. Among these are the following:


Contact the Graduate Coordinator at or stop by 118 Bell Hall.