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About DSA


The University of Oklahoma is proud to offer a Graduate Certificate in Data Science and Analytics, a Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics, and Dual Degrees. Current OU students can add a dual degree or our graduate certificate to their current program.

Each curriculum offered merges expertise and knowledge from the Schools of Computer Science and Industrial and Systems Engineering.  Students will develop a strong foundation in the theory and application of data science that will give them the skills to harness big data.

Graduates will have the skills to design and build tools to extract, assimilate and analyze data, and the systems understanding to predict and enhance future performance.  Please read on explore the right option for you.

Master of Science Program Structure

The program is designed to be completed in only 14 months if you are attending full time, although we do have part time options available.  Our classes are offered on-campus, online, or a combination to best suit your needs.  Non-thesis students complete 33 credit hours, while thesis students complete 30 credit hours.  All students complete the core courses for 20 credit hours.

Below is the degree structure:

Master of Science Program Structure

Pathways to Graduation

You can begin the program in the Summer, Fall or Spring, and attend classes full or part time.  Here are some examples of your pathway through the program to graduation.

Graduate Certificate Program Structure

The Graduate Certificate requires 15 credit hours, with 6-8 credit hours of core course work, and 7-9 credit hours of elective courses.  The Certificate program can be completed on-campus, online, or a combination.  Students can begin the Certificate program in spring, summer or fall.

For more information about certificate programs visit the Graduate College website.

Current students looking to ADD the DSA Certficate please note:

  1. You must apply BEFORE completing all required credit hours.  Certificates are not awarded retroactively.
  2. Electives must be approved by the DSA office.

Below is the certificate structure:

Certificate Program Structure

Dual Degree

Dual degree programs allow students to pursue degrees simultaneously in two fields of study. To obtain a dual degree, the student must satisfy the admission, course, and examination requirements of both programs.


  1. All deficiencies must be completed and all degree requirements, including research tools, foreign languages, non-thesis examination and thesis, must be met for both programs.
  2. Up to 20 percent of the total graduate credit hours required for both degrees taken individually may be counted as credit for both programs, with approval.
  3. The double-counted courses must be appropriate for each degree.
  4. The student must graduate with both degrees in the same semester.

Current OU students can now add a dual degree late in their program with the approval of both departments.  However, the student still must graduate with both degrees in the same semester.  If they add a dual degree towards the end of their first program, they will have to push the graduation date of that program until they are able to finish the second. 

For more information about Dual Degree options please visit the Graduate College website.