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The Master of Digital Sciences (M.D.S.) degree is a professional master’s program for graduates from a wide range of backgrounds that is designed to augment the student's skill set and open the door to new career opportunities.
A Bachelor's degree in Digital Sciences is not required for admission, and students may enter in the fall or spring semester. For additional admission information, see Graduate Admission.
The Master of Digital Sciences degree program requires a minimum of 32 credit hours of graduate-level coursework including:
No more than 18 credits may be taken from any one subject area other than DSCI.
Students may continue to study in their undergraduate field or may choose to study in a complementary area for their concentration. For working professionals, using this concentration to acquire a new skill set or update existing skills may open new career opportunities.
Six concentrations are tailored with courses in Digital Sciences and related areas to provide specific skill sets:
To learn more about the courses required for this degree and these concentrations, please visit our catalog.
The required courses for the Enterprise Architecture, Data Science, and Digital Systems Training Technology concentrations are generally delivered in an online format, and it is possible to complete these degrees online with a judicious choice of electives. Many of the courses are also delivered in an in-classroom format, so it is also possible to complete these degrees on campus.
The required courses for the Digital Systems Software Development, Digital Systems Telecommunication Networks, and Digital Systems Management concentrations are generally delivered in an in-classroom format, so it is not possible to complete these degrees online.
For students interested in Enterprise Architecture, a 18-credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Enterprise Architecture is also available.
This certificate program is intended for students who do not have the time or funds to invest in a 32-credit Master's program, or who already have a Master's degree, or whose work environment values completion of a certificate program.
Comprising only 18 credits, the Certificate program can be completed more quickly than the 32-credit Master of Digital Sciences degree. The certificate program is intended for students who do not have the time or funds to invest in a 32-credit Master's program, or who already have a Master's degree, or whose work environment values completion of a certificate program.
Courses taken as part of the Enterprise Architecture Graduate (Post-Baccalaureate) Certificate can later be applied toward the Enterprise Architecture concentration in the Master of Digital Sciences (M.D.S.) degree. For many working professionals, the Certificate is a natural intermediate step toward the full Master's degree. To learn more about this certificate, please visit our catalog.