Master of Data Science

The JCU Online Master of Data Science is designed to put professionals who recognise the power of data and numbers ahead of the pack. JCU Online’s Master of Data Science is backed by an Industry Advisory Board, made up of data science and tech leaders from across Australia with extensive experience both domestically and abroad. You’ll also gain industry-recognised skills - JCU has partnered with SAS®, analytic software provider and leader in Data Science. The Master of Data Science will prepare you to become a SAS® Certified Big Data Professional Using SAS®.

Beginning with the basics of data science, including statistical methods, data visualisation and database systems, you’ll then move on to more specialised areas, such as programming and data mining. High-level subjects include the management, security, privacy and ethics of data; strategic decision-making; and machine learning. Your studies will culminate in masterclasses and a major project, and you will have the opportunity to participate in industry, research and government departments where possible, solving real-world data-driven problems.

With its accelerated learning model, this course is one of the fastest part-time Masters in the IT field. It is delivered by award-winning teachers and leading experts with expansive, cutting-edge knowledge and valuable real-world industry experience.

An interdisciplinary approach means you’ll acquire relevant knowledge from across the mathematics, information technology and business domains, delivered by experts in research,
academia, business and of course, data science. This varied approach delivers a flexible knowledge base and skillset, adding weight to employability.

You’ll gain expert skills in programming languages including Python and R, professional capability in visualisation tools such as SAS and Tableau, software development platforms like R-Studio and Jupyter and experience on cloud computing platforms including Amazon Web Services.

A Master of Data Science (Professional) is also available which is a four subject extension of the Masters program, which gives you a professional portfolio, further proving your data science capabilities. This portfolio is designed to give you the provable experience you might normally expect to work years for, helping you fast track your ambitions. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain real experience in data science by working on industry partnered projects.

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  • Awarded by

    James Cook University Online

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate, Master's Degree

  • Study mode


  • Payment options

    FEE-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    24 - 32 months part-time

  • Start date

    6 intake dates each year – enquire now!