Carnegie Mellon University


Degree Programs


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We have developed an engaging, flexible, and high-quality curriculum that can be tailored to your needs and interests.

We emphasize modern methods, strong communication skills, and the analysis of data from real, interdisciplinary problems (with no “textbook” datasets after the intro level).

With a mastery of data becoming ever more important in so many career directions, we can prepare you with the skills and experience to succeed.

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The Master of Science in Applied Data Science (MADS) Program

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The Master of Science in Applied Data Science (MADS) degree is an intensive 9-month, two-semester professional master's program that emphasizes data analysis, statistical practice, and professional skills. MADS graduates have successfully gained positions as data scientists, data analysts, and data engineers in diverse industries such as banking, sports, health care, government, and tech. There is no thesis requirement for this program.

One of the hallmarks of the MADS program is our course, "Statistical Practice". Taught by a collective of our faculty, the focus of "Statistical Practice" is a consulting project in which MADS students will participate in meetings with industry and academic clients. In this culminating capstone project, our students are taught how to structure a consulting session, elicit and diagnose a problem, manage a project, and report an analysis.

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Ph.D. Programs

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Our Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics and our joint Ph.D. programs are all designed to equip students with a robust blend of theoretical and practical statistical skills. These programs are tailored to prepare students for academic research and teaching roles, as well as positions in both industry and government where innovative statistical methodologies are crucial.

We welcome applicants from diverse academic backgrounds each year, fostering a rich environment for collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research. Our graduate students come from many disciplines, including mathematics, engineering, the sciences, economics, psychology, and management, among others. Our department values and thrives on the unique perspectives and experiences from our diverse study body.

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Online Graduate Certificate

Online Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Data Science

The online Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Data Science prepares professionals from all backgrounds (both technical and non-technical) to unlock the power of data through graduate-level, credit-bearing coursework taught by expert CMU professors.

The certificate is offered 100% online with a combination of live-online classes with faculty and flexible learning activities completed when your schedule allows. To earn the certificate, you will take five rigorous CMU classes over a 12-month period, including a capstone course where you’ll work with real-world data and subject matter experts to apply the skills you’ve gained throughout the program.

Learn more about the FDS certificate program