MS in Data Intelligence

Master of Science in Data Intelligence

MS in Data Intelligence

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 deal with topics like supply chain issues and risk assessment, and how to use massive data-driven modeling to answer questions and gain visibility. 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 derive information from a large database. This track is asynchronous 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.

Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher
  • Minimum GPA 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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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.