The Master of Science program in Data Science and Analytics (MS DSA) prepares students to be productive contributors in many professions dealing with complex data, in particular those that relate to the ethical collection, exploration and preparation of multi-modal data, the design of analytics models to extract knowledge from data, and the effective communication of data analysis results to decision-making constituencies.

Our Master of Science in Data Science + Analytics (MS DSA) program is available in a hybrid format. We offer a mix of online and on-campus options based on the specialized courses that pique your interest. Dependent upon your academic interests, you may be able to complete this program 100% online. Our in-person classes are facilitated on our campus in Utica, NY. This 33-credit hour program is designed to prepare students to be productive contributors in various professions evaluating or managing complex data.

The MS DSA features flexible scheduling and courses that can be completed on a full-time (9-credits) or part-time basis (less than 9-credits). This program includes:

  • 18-credits of required core courses (6 courses) with online or on-campus delivery options
  • 12-credits of electives (4 courses) with online or on-campus delivery options, dependent on the courses you’re interested in pursuing
  • 3-credit capstone experience that can be completed as an internship, project, or thesis

Elective courses can be completed within one specialization, or students can pick and choose courses across different specialties to satisfy their needs and interests. Elective courses can be selected from specialized topic areas in mathematics, biology, computer science, design and digital humanities, crime analytics, health informatics, or business analytics and are selected with the support of an academic advisor.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, all applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with an average of a B or better (a GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00-point scale).  All applicants must demonstrate an academic background in statistics, calculus, introductory computer programming, and matrix methods. Candidates who do not meet these requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application Information

Application for Graduate Admission and all required forms are available at

The fee to apply is $60. The application fee is waived for military veterans, active-duty military, reserve and guard members, and their spouses and dependents; SUNY Poly alumni; and current SUNY Poly matriculated students. 

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