Fortune Ranks Graduate Center Data Science Master’s Program No. 11

September 27, 2022

The first ranking for the four-year-old program reflects its selectivity and demand.

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The Graduate Center’s Data Science master’s program is ranked no. 11 in Best Master’s in Data Science Programs in 2022 by Fortune. (Photo credit: Alex Irklievski)

In a new ranking from Fortune, the Graduate Center’s M.S. Program in Data Science came in at no. 11 in Best Master’s in Data Science Programs in 2022, based on its selectivity, enrollment, and number of applications. This is the first ranking for the program, which began in 2018.

“Given that our program has only been established for four years, we are very proud of our achievement,” said Professor Ping Ji, founding director of the M.S. Program in Data Science and executive officer of the Computer Science Ph.D. program. “The Graduate Center’s Data Science program has grown tremendously. It stands apart from other programs in that our courses are offered jointly with our Computer Science Ph.D. program and are taught by Computer Science research faculty.”

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The Graduate Center Data Science program curriculum focuses on theoretical modeling skills and provides opportunities for students to engage in computer programming and to implement their projects. The combination of research and hands-on experience gives graduates an edge, says Ji. 

Alumni are finding success in IT companies, such as Amazon, as well as in sectors ranging from health care to finance. Several graduates are pursuing Ph.D.s in computer science. 

Students can enroll in the program part time or full time. Applications to the program have risen since its founding. Students from diverse academic backgrounds who have training in computer science are welcome to apply. Successful applicants have studied or majored in biology, economics, mathematics, physics, and statistics. 

“For students who do not have computer science degrees, we value the programming skills that they have developed through work or projects,” said Ji.

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