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Program Information

The Willamette MS in Data Science is an in-person, evening program designed for working professionals and college graduates from a wide range of backgrounds who are interested in building their computer programming and data analysis skills. Students can choose between two locations: Willamette’s Downtown Portland Center or our main campus in Salem.


  • The Willamette MS in Data Science was designed to be completed in as little as one year (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters).
  • You have the option to take a reduced class load and finish in two years.
  • Classes are weeknights between 6-10 p.m. Students can work full or part time, or pursue an internship while enrolled in the program.
  • Starting in Fall 2023, core MSDS courses will be offered in both Portland and Salem. Applicants can choose their preferred location on the application. There will be a selection of elective classes on both campuses.
  • The program addresses issues such as the ethics of working with data while teaching students how to formulate good questions, design a process for answering them, and effectively communicate their findings to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Students benefit from connections with industry professionals, and complete a capstone project with a local industry partner as a key program requirement.


  • Willamette's MS in Data Science is a graduate degree, not a boot camp or certificate program. It is a comprehensive, high quality program that provides the skills and experience necessary for career success and advancement.
  • Students in the MSDS program explore real-world situations and business challenges. Problem solving and communication skills are emphasized- this is not analysis for its own sake.
  • As a graduate of the MS in Data Science, you will become part of a 180+ year tradition of academic excellence at Willamette. The Willamette alumni network is a supportive and collaborative community eager to share expertise and talent.


Faculty at Willamette University’s Computing & Data Science program are:

  • Experts who have applied data science to today’s most challenging business questions.
  • Researchers and consultants whose discoveries have enhanced the value of enterprises across sectors of the economy.
  • Experienced teachers who understand how to guide you in the application of data science tools.
    Mentors who seek to promote your success in a diverse network of managers throughout the region.

Willamette University

Masters in Data Science

200 Market Street
Portland Oregon 97201 U.S.A.