The Data Science and Analytics (M.S.) degree provides computer science students with the fundamental analytics background necessary to work with big and complex data sets in any discipline. It also allows a statistics or computing student to gain additional cross-disciplinary background, or for a student of any discipline to develop skills to solve data-intensive problems. This degree has applications to health, social, political, and environmental issues as science and technology disciplines. It provides training in key technical computer science areas while also developing business and communication skills.

The Data Science and Analytics (M.S.) degree is located in the School of Computing and Information Systems, within the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing. This program also collaborates closely with the Statistics Department.

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Job Growth in West Michigan
Job Growth in the U.S.
GVSU Ranking as a West Michigan Talent Provider

Source: EMSI, 2020


According to 2019 EMSI data, opportunities for data scientists and data analysts are expected to grow 12% in West Michigan and 10% in the U.S. by 2024. The median annual wage for data analysis professionals is $87,443 nationwide but varies by region, industry, and job title. GVSU graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • Research Analysts
  • Business Analysts
  • Business Analytics Managers
  • Software Engineers
  • Research Specialists
  • Developmental Scientists
  • Solutions Architects
  • EDI Analysts

Source: EMSI 2020

The Skills Employers Want

The M.S. in Data Science and Analytics at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual data science job postings.

Advanced Skills

  • SQL Programming
  • Business Intelligence
  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management
  • Agile Software Development
  • Dashboard
  • Business Analytics
  • Data Management
  • Big Data

Common Skills

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Communications
  • Presentations
  • Computer Sciences
  • Research
  • Sales
  • Problem Solving
  • Data Analysis

Source: EMSI 2020

Other Reasons to Study Data Science and Analytics at GVSU

  • In-Demand. Data-related jobs are expected to grow by 19% from 2016 to 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Flexibility. This program is designed with the working professional in mind, and offers face-to-face classes in the evening.
  • Experiential Learning. The program includes field experiences in the computer sciences and collaborative assignments and projects.
  • First-rate Faculty. Passionate faculty practitioners with years of experience in the field.
  • Core Fundamentals. The degree has a strong emphasis in the fundamentals of data science.
  • Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century - Harvard Business Review

Course Offerings

The Data Science and Analytics (M.S.) program requires a minimum of 36 credits. Requisite courses, from statistics, computer science, and professional science, provide students with a strong foundation in data science. This is an applied program for the working professional.

The program features:

  • Four courses in computer information systems
  • Four courses in statistics
  • One elective
  • Three Professional Science courses (including an internship)

Students are expected to complete field experiences and collaborative assignments and projects. Visit the online catalog for course offerings and degree requirements.

Course Offerings


In addition to Grand Valley's admission requirements all students seeking a degree for the M.S. in Data Science & Analytics must also meet the following requirements:

  • Grade point average of 3.0 (B) from all undergraduate coursework or a satisfactory score on the GRE or GMAT test
  • Resume detailing work experiences and accomplishments
  • Personal statement of career goals and background experiences, including an explanation of how this program will help achieve educational and professional objectives
  • Recommendations: two professional or academic recommendations received online, addressing the candidate's potential for graduate study completion. You will provide the emails of two references in your account at and they will be sent a link to fill out for their online recommendation
  • Prerequisite courses: CIS 161 or 162 or equivalent, STA 216 or equivalent

The application deadlines are July 1 for the Fall semester and Nov 1 for the Winter semester. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley.


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