Empowering Innovation


Data science has emerged as a crucial force in the technological revolution, bridging the gap between a data-poor past and a future of intelligent systems. 

The Master of Data Science (MDS) program is designed to cultivate expertise in contemporary data science methodologies. By integrating the foundational principles of Statistics and Computer Science, our program equips and empowers students with the necessary skills to thrive in the age of artificial intelligence disruption. 

Candidates may select from our full-time (15-month) or part-time (24-month) pathway, both instructed by esteemed faculty members and researchers possessing extensive experience in data science. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on training in applied probability, mathematical statistics, statistical modeling, computing, machine learning, data management, visualization, and artificial intelligence.

STEM Designated

Eligible for 36 Months of Optional Practical Training

Best Master's in Data Science

Ranked by FORTUNE

85% Placement Rate

ICS Professional Master’s programs boast 85% placement rate within 3 Months of Graduation

The UCI MDS program distinguishes itself with a robust foundation in data science, incorporating a balanced curriculum that accentuates both computer science and statistics. Furthermore, our program encompasses two capstone project courses, providing students with invaluable experience in addressing real-world challenges through data science techniques.

As intelligent systems consume vast amounts of data, data science will be instrumental to the innovation of powerful and versatile AI systems. Graduates of the program will be equipped to adapt to the advancements of an AI-driven future.

We are taking the helm of generating a robust Data Science program to innovate and be leaders in the industry. Our balanced approach makes us a unique catalyst where students can learn and make an impact on society.

Bin Nan, Chancellor's Professor and Faculty Director
Master of Data Science
Department of Statistics

The Donald Bren School of ICS Ecosystem

The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine, is one of the leading computing schools in the nation and is strategically centered in the nucleus of Southern California’s TechCoast, which encompasses over 40% of Orange County’s high-tech and biomedical enterprises and one-third of Fortune 500 company offices.

By capitalizing on our internationally renowned faculty and the vigorous industry clusters in life sciences, information technology, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, and digital arts and media, the Master of Data Science program is meticulously crafted to stimulate innovation and propel the data science discipline forward.

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Reinforce Local Businesses and Industries

Access to Resources and Capital

Nurture a Culture of Innovation

Enhance Your Network and Professional Development

Embark on your degree in a dynamic destination city that provides the resources, capital, and innovative culture requisite for elevating your academic and professional trajectory in data science.

The Master of Data Science program provides flexible learning paths, with both full-time and part-time options, tailored to meet your unique academic and professional demands. Regardless of the pathway chosen, all students enjoy equal access to our rich, comprehensive curriculum and the collective wisdom of our distinguished faculty.

To attain the coveted Master of Data Science (MDS) degree, students are required to successfully navigate through an academic journey comprising 52 units. This includes ten core courses, which form the backbone of data science principles; three elective courses, offering an opportunity to delve into areas of personal interest within the field; and finally, a capstone project that allows students to apply their knowledge to real-world problems, synthesizing and showcasing their learning.

Upon the culmination of this rigorous yet rewarding program, graduates will emerge equipped with a robust blend of technical expertise and professional acumen. This unique combination primes you for a successful career trajectory, enabling you to seamlessly transition into the dynamic world of data science and make your mark.


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Data science seems like the Swiss Army knife of majors in its applicability across fields—I cannot think of an industry that doesn’t make use of data in some way,

Adelynn Paik, MDS Student '22