M.S. in Data Science and Analytics (Concentration in Big Data and Machine Learning)

The Department of Computer Science, together with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, offers a Big Data and Machine Learning (BDML) concentration for the Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics (MSA), a Georgia State University degree program. BDML is a three-semester master’s program that trains next-generation professionals in the rapidly growing field of data science.

Data science lies at the intersection of computer science, statistical methodologies, and a wide range of application domains. It focuses on the generation, processing, and analyzing of vast amounts of data. The BDML concentration responds to the growing need for highly qualified professionals who can transform big data into practical and valuable insights. In general terms, data scientists create actionable and valuable insights from data. Easier said than done, this simple definition contrasts with the highly technical procedures required to extract meaning from big data. BDML students gain the technical and soft skills that industry increasingly expects from data scientists.

The BDML concentration offers strong preparation in statistical analysis, machine learning, optimization, and the management and analysis of massive data sets. The courses in the concentration focus on topics such as reproducible data analysis, collaborative problem solving, data and knowledge visualization and communication, as well as privacy and ethical issues that arise in data science.

Admission Requirements for the BDML Concentration

Degree Requirements for the BDML Concentration