Online Master's in Data Science From UC Berkeley School of Information

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UC Berkeley School of Information Online Master's in Data Science Program

Program Overview

The UC Berkeley School of Information (I School) offers a professional Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) delivered online. Designed for data science professionals seeking to organize, analyze and solve real-world problems using large sets of unstructured data, this program allows students to earn a top-tier education without relocating.

Program coursework examines topics at the forefront of the data science community, including security and machine learning. The program goes beyond research and analysis to incorporate a range of disciplines and skills, preparing students to see a data question through the entire life cycle — from data collection to presentation of findings.

Students in the MIDS program benefit from UC Berkeley’s strong ties to the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

Key Benefits

  • Live online classes: All classes are held weekly on a face-to-face video platform and are kept small, with a low student-to-faculty ratio.
  • High-caliber faculty: The program is taught by tenured faculty, leading industry practitioners and post-doctoral scholars. This diversity among faculty ensures that students gain the necessary theory and skills development while also having access to cutting-edge data science research.
  • Multidisciplinary curriculum: Course work is designed with a project-based approach, encouraging the application of tools and methods to solve problems.
  • UC Berkeley community: Students gain access to the UC Berkeley I School community, including technical support, academic support, and the university’s vast alumni network.
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Why Datascience@Berkeley

The Master of Information and Data Science program blends live, face-to-face online classes with immersive coursework that students complete on their own time from anywhere they can access the internet. With a low student-to-faculty ratio, classes bring together classmates from around the world for collaboration and discussion.

  • Class sessions are delivered live in an online classroom.
  • Courses are designed and taught by many of the same School of Information (I School) faculty and data science professionals who teach our on-campus programs.
  • Students are fully engaged members of the UC Berkeley I School community.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Information and Data Science program, applicants must meet the following admissions standards:

  • A bachelor’s degree or its recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Superior scholastic record
  • GRE or GMAT scores
  • A high level of quantitative ability, five years of technical work experience or significant work experience that demonstrates superior quantitative abilities
  • A working knowledge of fundamental concepts, including data structures, algorithms and linear algebra
  • Programming proficiency

A completed application must include the following:

  • Online Application
  • Statement of Purpose and additional admissions statements
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Application fee
  • Official GRE or GMAT scores
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions
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