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Master's in Data Science

Take your analytical skills to the next level with our masters program designed for working professionals and recent graduates. This program is offered on both the Portland and Salem campuses.

About the Data Science Masters Program

Data science has emerged as an invaluable tool for scientists, scholars and decision makers in virtually every field. They track trends in real time and analyze impacts of policy decisions. Data science also helps businesses and nonprofits respond to the needs of the people they serve.

Our one-year master’s program equips you with advanced technical skills, in-depth knowledge, and an ethically informed perspective. You’ll work closely with some of the nation’s top educators every step of the way.

You’ll gain experience in multiple data science environments and applications. You can also delve into specific areas like data privacy, visualization, marketing analytics and finance. Add to your portfolio by planning and executing a project on campus or as part of an internship off campus.

Gain powerful learning experiences and potential job opportunities with our connections at the Oregon State Capitol and Salem Health.  And our alumni network spans companies like Intel, Google, Zoom, and Disney. You’ll create knowledge, inform decision makers, and emerge as a valuable asset wherever your career path leads.

With your Masters of Science in Data Science, you’ll be prepared for roles such as:

  • Financial analyst
  • Computer systems engineer/architect
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Statistician
  • Data analyst
  • Data mining or big data engineer


Earn your master’s degree in as little as one year. You can also take a reduced class load and finish in two years. You can also choose to work part- or full-time while enrolled, or pursue an internship.

Experience Willamette

Explore. Beyond core courses in data science and engineering, delve into specific areas like data privacy, visualization, marketing analytics, and finance.

Discover. Faculty are industry experts, researchers, and consultants whose findings have enhanced the value of enterprises across all economy sectors.

Strengthen. Your faculty will become lifelong mentors, and you’ll form strong bonds within your class cohort as you accomplish milestones.

Succeed. Access personalized career services and connect to our powerful network of industry partners through data science internships and real-world projects.

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About this program

Learn more about the Masters in Data Science program at Willamette.

Featured Alumni

Data Science

Colleen Smyth BA’15, MS’21

  • A high school math teacher who works for Portland Public Schools
  • Sought an MS in Data Science to complement her current job and expand future possibilities
  • Applied her degree inside the classroom and out before she graduated
Data Science

Nick Kachanyuk MS ’21

  • First data specialist for district attorney’s office
  • Completed a biology degree then realized he wanted to pursue data science
  • Felt he learned ‘everything he needed to know’ about data viz his first semester at WU
Data Science

Matt Eblen ’00

  • Senior mathematical statistician for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta
  • Previously worked for the National Institutes of Health in Maryland
  • Taught English through the JET Program
Willamette University

Masters in Data Science

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