Master of Digital Sciences
The Master of Digital Sciences (MDS) 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 and Graduate Admission for International Students (if applicable).
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.
Five 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.
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.