Master's Programs

Data Science


The emerging discipline of Data Science has become essential to making decisions, understanding observations, and solving problems in today’s world.  Whether we want to apply artificial intelligence techniques to a problem, build a computational model of real-world phenomena, statistically test a hypothesis, or analyze structured, textual or image data, data science and data analysis techniques are becoming an essential part of every scientist, researcher, engineer, and policy maker’s tool chest.

Penn’s Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Data Science (DATS) prepares students for a wide range of data-centric careers, whether in technology and engineering, policy-making, consulting, or science. 


The degree program can be completed in one to two years. It blends leading-edge courses in core topics such as machine learning, big data analytics, and statistics, with a variety of electives and an opportunity to apply these techniques in a target domain specialization – a concentration – of choice.

The concentrations offer both preparatory coursework and a thesis or practicum in a data science application area. Potential concentrations include Network Science (the Warren Center for Network and Data Science), Digital Humanities (the Price Lab for Digital Humanities), Biomedicine (the Institute for Biomedical Informatics), and Public Policy (the Annenberg Center for Public Policy) - as well as more traditional opportunities in Computer and Information Science and Electrical and Systems Engineering. Moreover, for students interested in other areas within Penn Engineering and the physical sciences regarding computers, SEAS offers a specialized and synergistic MSE Degree in Scientific Computing.


The MSE in Data Science will begin for accepting applications for external students in the Fall of 2018. The program targets students who have strong mathematical and statistical proficiency, and some programming experience.

If you are a current Penn Engineering students that would like to submatriculate, transfer from another Master’s or apply for a dual degree program within the School of Engineering and Applied Science, here are the details and requirements to transfer for the 2017-18 academic year