MS in Data Intelligence

Master of Science in Data Intelligence

Offered jointly by Industrial and Management Systems Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering

The Master of Science in Data Intelligence provides engineers, scientists and professionals with the data synthesis, modeling and computational skills necessary to extract intelligence and knowledge from data and utilize them in business decision making. This program is offered online and in person, as well as part-time and full-time. 

Program Details

In this 30-credit program, all students will take the following 14 credits of core courses:

  • Statistical Foundations of Data Intelligence (3 credits)
  • Applied Data Intelligence (3 credits)
  • Data Structure Essentials (2 credits)
  • Data Mining (3 credits)
  • Optimization Methods with Applications (3 credits)

For the remaining 16 credit hours, students can choose one of the two program specialization tracks offered or tailor the program based on their interests with the general data intelligence track, each one has different course requirements and learning formats: 

  • Decision Intelligence Track: This track will offer students the ability to use machine learning as well as statistical learning and optimization approaches to design systems for healthcare, transportation, finance, supply chain, manufacturing, logistics, and energy to attain optimal performance. Students will also learn deep reinforcement learning tools for smart decision making to manage dynamically varying operations like vehicle routing, inventory management, product pricing, and capacity planning.  This track is synchronous with online and in-person classes available.

  • Computational Intelligence Track: This track is for students interested in computing and learning how to effectively mine information from large databases and use them to learn  trends and predict outcomes in business and industry. This track is asynchronous with online classes and has the same courses as the Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence.

  • General Data Intelligence Track: Choose a combination of courses from the Decision Intelligence Track and Computational Intelligence Track. This track is synchronous with online and in-person classes available.

Additional program and course related information

Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher
  • Minimum GRE scores:

    • Analytical Writing 3.0 or higher
    • Combined Quantitative and Verbal 300 or higher
    • Quantitative 156 or higher
  • Adequate background in mathematics and computer programming
  • For international students: The equivalent undergraduate and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution

How to Apply

  1. Submit a graduate application online with the $30 application fee.

  2. Upload the following to the application website:
    1. One page statement of purpose

    2. Three professional and/or academic letters of recommendation

    3. Resume or CV

    4. Official GRE scores

    5. Unofficial transcript

  3. Send an official transcript from each institution of higher learning attended to:

    USF Office of Admissions
    4202 E. Fowler Ave. SVC 1036
    Tampa, FL 33620-2910

    An unofficial copy may be uploaded with your online application to expedite the process. If you received an undergraduate degree from USF, you are not required to submit transcripts.

  4. Submit official TOEFL scores directly from the testing agency. International applicants only. USF’s code is 5828.

Application Deadline

  • June 1 for a fall start
  • Oct. 15 for a spring start

For information on how to apply to the Master’s in Data Intelligence program and admission requirements, download the program brochure.

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Choosing Between Online and On Campus

There are unique benefits to both studying online and studying on campus. Whether you want more flexibility or value in-person learning, it’s important to choose the right option for you. Explore the differences between our Online MS in Data Intelligence and Classroom-Based Industrial Engineering programs.

USF MS in Data Intelligence and MS in Industrial Engineering
  Online/Classroom-based MS in Data Intelligence Classroom-Based MS in Industrial Engineering*
  FL Resident and Non-Resident FL Resident Non-Resident
Tuition cost per credit hour $650 x 30 credits $467.34 x 30 credits $913.08 x 30 credits
Total program  tuition cost $19,500 $14,020.20 $27,392.40
  Total program cost estimates do not include application fees, late fees, registration fees, educational resources (e.g., textbooks, etc.) or the one-time new graduate student fee.

Please note: With the exception of the Department of Children and Family (DCF) waivers, all other waivers (including State of Florida and USF employee) are not accepted for Self-Funded/Self-Supporting or Market Rate Tuition program courses.

For additional information, visit: USF Tuition Waiver

To learn more about the classroom-based program tuition fees per credit hour, please visit: USF Tuition and Fee Information

*Some fees may vary per campus location.

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Who should enroll in this program? 
This program is ideal for industry professionals engaged in implementing data intelligence in decision making who want to further their careers as well as students from a STEM background who want to earn a degree in data intelligence.

My background is not in engineering or mathematics/statistics. Can I still apply for the MSDI degree?
A bachelor’s degree in STEM with basic foundations in calculus, statistics and computer programming is required to apply, as well as hands-on computer programming experience.

How can I estimate the cost of obtaining a master’s degree?
Visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Can the department evaluate my chances of getting admitted before I submit an official application?
No. The department will only evaluate official applications submitted through the USF Office of Admissions.

Where should I send all supporting documents (e.g., resume, recommendation letters, etc.)?
Documents should be attached to your online application. Please do not email/mail your documents to the IMSE department.

I have questions about supporting documents (e.g., resume, recommendations, etc.). Who should I contact?
Please contact our program Admissions Recruiter Advisor for information on how to apply, admission requirements, and supporting documents needed.

I am an international student. Am I required to send documents proving my financial status at the time of application?
Financial documents are not required at the time of application but might be needed after admission. For additional details about the international student admission into the Master’s in Data Intelligence, please contact our program Admissions Recruiter Advisor.