ENGAGING AND INTERACTIVE
Best-in-Class Online Learning Experience
Rice’s online Master of Science in Data Science program is designed to be a collaborative and engaging experience that supports positive learning for the working professional.
- Engage from day one
Learn faster via intimate and engaging learning experiences with peers, live sessions and 1:1 student/faculty interaction — all online.
- Learn while doing
Your online program goes beyond posting videos and quizzes on a website. Instead, you’ll gain hands-on data science experience using your skills to solve real-world problems.
- Customize your program
Customize your curriculum with a specialization in business analytics or machine learning and an elective selection in ethics, cybersecurity, or security and privacy.
- Support for your success
To help ensure your academic success, our online bridge courses get you up to speed in math and programming prior to starting classes.
Tools and Technology to Succeed Online
The MDS@Rice program offers an enriched classroom experience online. Aside from lectures and coursework, students will receive an on-campus learning experience in an online setting.
Students will benefit from various tools, technology, and digital platforms including:
- Discussion forums, live classroom sessions and online office hours offer valuable networking and learning opportunities
- Video lectures and supplemental resources are easily accessible and allow you to move at your own pace
- Personalized technical support and training for all online systems and resources
DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS WITH
MDS Faculty and Students
Interaction with faculty and peers is a critical part of your learning experience. You’ll appreciate weekly live sessions with faculty that help you develop graduate-level skills and thinking.
Online, Self-Paced, Skill Development
The online MDS courses help you gain real-world skills that support your career goals. You’ll be immersed in topics including:
and Weekly Live Sessions
and Weekly Live Sessions
The MDS@Rice program is offered completely online. Courses are made up of modules designed to fit into a working professional’s lifestyle. Courses include supplementary readings, video lectures, assignments and discussion forums that help you connect with your peers. Watch the recorded lectures when it’s convenient for you and go back anytime to reinforce important concepts.
Attend live classroom sessions with professors, participate in group projects and access instructors during live office hours – all online. Faculty help you apply your knowledge via hands-on projects and in interactive class sessions that cover multiple time zones.
Weekly live classroom sessions are a defining feature of our rigorous program. Though they are optional, you’ll value the intimate interactions, and the session will become a favorite part of your experience. After working through the lectures and practice material at your own pace, come together with your fellow classmates to work through the most challenging concepts and practice problems. Our small cohort sizes makes peer to peer collaboration possible.
To earn a MDS@Rice degree online, you will complete a minimum of 31 credit hours and there is no thesis requirement. Course lecture material and content are available for you to work through on your own time. However, there are due dates for all assignments and graded work. You may choose to complete the degree program in 12 months as a full-time student or in up to 3.5 years as a part-time student. Learn more about the MDS@Rice online curriculum.
We offer three intakes per year, so choose the best time to start for you:
|SESSION||APPLICATION DUE||CLASSES START|
|FALL 2021||July 1, 2021||August 23, 2021|
|SPRING 2022||November 1, 2021||January 10, 2022|
|SUMMER 2022||March 1, 2022||May 10, 2022|