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Graduate Programs

Master of Digital Sciences

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

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Degree Overview

The Master of Digital Sciences degree program requires a minimum of 32 credit hours of graduate-level coursework including:

  • 9-10 credits of major requirements,
  • 9-10 credits of concentration requirements,
  • 7-8 credits of approved electives in the digital sciences or related programs, and
  • 6 credits of Thesis or Capstone plus electives.

No more than 18 credits may be taken from any one subject area other than DSCI.

Highlights

  • Introductory courses expose students to graduate topics outside their undergraduate field 
  • Six concentrations allow for study in one area for more depth
  • Electives provide an opportunity for customization
  • The degree culminates with either a capstone project or a formal thesis
  • Unique opportunity to gain a graduate-level introduction to several areas
  • Provide an overview of the newly emerging areas of enterprise architecture and data science

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.

Concentrations

Six concentrations are tailored with courses in Digital Sciences and related areas to provide specific skill sets:

  • The Digital Systems Software Development concentration focuses on the software applications needed by an organization and the design and maintenance of software systems that are aligned with the goals of the business.
  • The Digital Systems Telecommunication Networks concentration focuses on the communication infrastructure needed by an organization and the design and management of a telecommunication system and computer network to meet those needs.
  • The Data Science concentration focuses on the data analysis and modeling needed by an organization and the processing of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data using statistical and semantic analysis techniques to meet those needs.
  • The Enterprise Architecture concentration focuses on the business goals, processes, and technology infrastructure needed by an organization and the alignment of the processes and infrastructure with the goals of the business.
  • The Digital Systems Management concentration focuses on the technical leadership needed by an organization and the management of information services in a rapidly changing global economy.
  • The Digital Systems Training Technology concentration focuses on the educational applications needed by an organization and the design and management of instructional systems to meet those needs.

To learn more about the courses required for this degree and these concentrations, please visit our catalog.

Master's Degree (M.D.S.)

Online or In-Classroom?

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.

Certificate in Enterprise Architecture

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.

Enterprise Architecture Certificate

 

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