The MSDA degree requires 30-semester units consisting of 6 core, 2 elective and 2 culminating experience courses. Each course is 3-semester units. Refer to for course descriptions. Due to the update of catalog, please visit FAQs for the applicable Program of Study.

Core Courses (6 courses, 18 units)

DATA 220 Mathematical Methods for Data Analytics
DATA 225 Database Systems for Analytics 
DATA 230 Data Visualization
DATA 240 Data Mining and Analytics
DATA 245 Machine Learning Technologies
DATA 294 Data Analytics Seminar

Elective Courses (2 courses, 6 units)
Six units 200-level courses preapproved by the graduate advisor. Currently, pre-approved courses are:
DATA 228 Big Data Technologies and Applications
DATA 250 Large Scale Data Analytics
DATA 255 Deep Learning Technologies

Culminating Experience Courses (2 courses, 6 units)
Complete one plan from:

Plan A (Thesis)
DATA 299A MSDA Thesis I
DATA 299B MSDA Thesis II 

Plan B (Project)
DATA 298A MSDA Project I
DATA 298B MSDA Project II

Optional Course (1 course, 1 unit)
DATA 297 Data Analytics Internship
Not required toward the degree; repeatable for Curricular Practical Training