MS in Data Science

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Program Overview

Fairfield University's Master of Science in Data Science program teaches the real-world skills needed to succeed in this interdisciplinary field that extracts knowledge and insights from data in structured and unstructured forms. MS in data science students come from a range of backgrounds – behavioral sciences, engineering, business, healthcare, computing, biology – anyone with a desire to use data to make deeper connections within their fields and drive decision making. Career opportunities for master's in data science graduates include commercial, financial, health, and manufacturing sectors, as well as for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Visit the course catalog for more information.

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Message From The Director

Dear Prospective Student,

Ranked #1 on Glassdoor’s “Best Jobs in America” list for three years running, data scientists are in higher demand than ever before. As today’s financial, commercial, and health industries continue to capture and store information at record rates, employers are actively pursuing job candidates with the advanced technical skills to analyze, interpret, and turn that data into actionable insights.

Fairfield's MS in Data Science is an interdisciplinary program that equips students from a broad range of academic backgrounds and professional specialties with the expertise to make data-driven decisions. Program concentrations include computational analytics, behavioral analytics, social analytics, bioinformatics, and health analytics.

Our dedicated faculty with strong academic and industrial experience will spend extra time with you in and out of the classroom to support you in your academic and personal growth as a data science professional. They will guide you to hone technical skills, as well as communication and leadership skills, through hands-on projects and capstone courses. In addition, you'll have ample opportunities for industry experience through internships and industrial projects.

Interested? Please feel free to explore the possibilities of advanced study in data science at Fairfield University by emailing me ( to either set up an appointment or to clarify any questions you may have about the Master of Science in Data Science program at Fairfield University.

Adrian Rusu
Program Director, MS in Data Science

Course Offerings

See Data Science course catalog for more information.


In the School of Engineering, our dedicated faculty are a community of leading-edge scholars who love to teach.

Career & Professional Opportunities

Through Fairfield's MS in Data Science program, you'll develop skills that can be directly applied to your current or future career. Examples of employment opportunities for master's degree holders in data science include:

  • Data Science Enterprise professional
  • Big Data consultant
  • Business intelligence reporting professional
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Controller
  • Data mining or Big Data Engineer
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Statistician
  • Research Data Scientist

Learn more about how the University's Career Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.


Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MS in Data Science program must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent). Students may enter the Data Science master's program from any background. Some come from engineering and computing. Others come from specific domain backgrounds like biology, healthcare, behavioral sciences, or business. Admitted students may need to take up to six credits of bridge course work to prepare for the program, depending on their background. 

Formal Admission Process

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Students seeking admission must submit:

Completed Application for Graduate Admission Form (available online).

  • A Completed Application for Graduate Admission form (Apply Now)
  • A Non-refundable $60 Application Fee made payable to Fairfield University (paid by credit card if applying online).
  • A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history.
  • A Personal Statement. Students should describe why they want to undertake graduate studies in the program for which they are applying.
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree. (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.)
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be from a current supervisor or professor.


International Students

Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, or 79-80 on the Internet-based test (IBT) is strongly recommended for admission. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390.

All application materials should be sent to:

Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: (203) 254-4184
Fax: (203) 254-4073


How to Apply

For detailed admission requirements, please refer to the links below:

Admission Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are applications due?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.


Do I need to take the GREs?

The GREs are not required.  We do look closely at your academic record and other application materials. Generally, we like to see that you have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. If your GPA is lower than 3.0 but you would like us to consider your application, you may include with your application a statement that explains your GPA and why you are confident you will be able to maintain the required 3.0 GPA in your graduate studies.


How much does it cost?

Tuition and fees for Fairfield's graduate programs


Do I have to be a full-time student?

Our programs are designed to accommodate students who want to attend either on a full-time or part-time basis. Students who are fully employed will find the scheduling of our courses compatible with their work requirements.


When are courses offered?

Most of our courses are offered in the evening. Weekday courses generally meet once a week for two and a half hours.


What is the average class size?

We keep our classes small.  The typical maximum class size is 20, but class sizes range from less than 12 to 20.


Do I need to have earned an undergraduate degree in engineering to be eligible for admission?

Our students come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds, which adds to the richness of our interactions in class. An undergraduate degree specifically in engineering is not required, but exposure to technology through employment is useful.


How long does it take to complete the degree?

For students who attend part-time, the time will vary based on how many courses are taken at a time. Students who attend full-time take 9 credits each semester and can complete the program in three semesters. All students are required to complete their degree within 6 years after they begin their first course.


What financial aid is available?

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information on financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid.


Are graduate assistantships available?

A limited number of part-time assistantships are available to assist promising and deserving students


Contact Us

For more information about Fairfield University's graduate programs, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admission
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Call (203) 254-4184 or email

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