Data Science and Analytics Admissions

Data to Information to Insights

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The Master of Science (MS) in Data Science and Analytics will prepare students to transform data into information so that insight is gained for addressing real world problems.


Admission Requirements for the Data Science and Analytics Program

  • Have a minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. The Bachelor’s degree can be in any field but it is strongly encouraged that those degrees align with the Emphasis area.
  • Have successfully completion (a grade of “C” or better) in the following courses:
    • Calculus (minimum of 8 credit hours)
    • Statistics (minimum of 3 or 4 credit hours)
    • Programming courses ( minimum of 6 credit hours)
    • A science course with laboratory (minimum of 4 credit hours).
  • Complete the Graduate Application form (not required for current Graceland students).
Data Science And Analytics Program
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A Career with Growth Potential

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that jobs for data scientists will experience a 14% growth through 2028 and report that the average salary is approximately $118,000 annually. Careers in data science and analytics span the spectrum of both public and private companies and organizations.

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Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation, candidates for a MS in Data Science and Analytics degree must:

  1. Complete sufficient credits to meet the total required graduate semester hours within six years of enrollment. Students may petition for a single one-year extension.
  2. Complete at least 33 total graduate semester hours at Graceland University within one of the degree emphases:
    • Students seeking more than one emphasis must complete all required core curriculum courses totaling 24 semester hours and the additional semester hours for each emphasis desired. A certificate will be awarded for each completed Emphasis.
  3. Earn a final GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students may earn a grade of “C ” or below in one course but a second grade of “C” or below will require a review of the student’s performance. Grades of “D” will automatically be reviewed.
  4. Fulfill all financial obligations to Graceland University.
  5. File an application for graduation with the Office of the Registrar at least 6 months prior to the anticipated graduation date.
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