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Data Science

"The ability to take data - to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualize it, to communicate it - that's going to be a hugely important skill in the next decades." --Hal Varian, Google chief economist

Learn with Minot State
When we study any aspect of our world — whether it’s the Earth’s weather, the global market, or even the human mind — we quickly discover that the information we collect is incomplete and only gives us a partial view of what we’d like to know about the world. With data science, you'll learn how to take partial information, seek conclusions, and make reliable forecasts. At Minot State, you will:

  • Work with multiple successful areas across Minot State's campus
    • Math: Statistics and modeling of data
    • Computer science: Programming and interfacing with data
    • Business: Business intelligence, management, and communication of data
  • Learn skills and gain essential first-hand knowledge working with big data
  • Bring your skills together with a project design course and capstone project
  • Pursue internships, conference presentations, and other career-building opportunities.

Is data science right for you?
Recognizing that you may have a variety of interests and experiences, this program provides you the opportunity to gain a useful set of skills while encouraging the study of other areas of interest. The program is a collaboration of courses from three programs yet leaves room for you to minor or even major in another program of your choosing. If you are pursuing a different major and want to stant out in your area of interest, consider our certificates or minor in data science.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, data scientists earn a median pay of $103,500 per year.

Offered: On campus, real-time online

Be inspired . . . earn your data science degree

Job opportunities
With a versatile skillset of statistics, programming, and business acumen, data scientists may work in:

  • High-technology companies and startups
  • Finance, consulting, and insurance
  • Information and communications
  • Healthcare and pharmaceuticals
  • Marketing and sales

Learn unique skills

  • Discern how to use big data with its unique challenges
  • Understand social implications, including privacy and security
  • Learn how to ask the right questions
  • Gather, clean, and prepare data
  • Analyze and visualize
  • Manage resources and learn how to communication findings

Program options (Catalog Links)

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Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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