Master of Science in Software Engineering, Specialization in Data Science

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Enter a multidisciplinary field where you’ll use advanced techniques to find meaningful information, create solutions and solve future problems. 33 units complete the MSSE, Specialization in Data Science. Courses meet once a week in the evening.

Skilled data scientists are in high demand to help in corporate decision-making. The Master of Science in Software Engineering, Specialization in Data Science, equips you with the knowledge to analyze data problems, determine what questions need to be answered, and communicate results. This degree is the perfect step to meet the need for data-driven decision-making in every industry. 

This cohort-style program begins in the Fall.

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Program Features

Expert faculty

Faculty from the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering provide industry expertise helping you advance your engineering career and stand out as a leader.

Cohort style

Learn, network, and collaborate within your small cohort of professionals and knowledgeable graduate students.

A schedule for professionals

Classes are offered in a convenient evening format. You can keep working while advancing your career.

Engineering Ranking

SJSU ranks #4 among public universities in the country for data science salaries for graduates - WSJ

Career Opportunities

  • Becoming a data scientist is a great career move. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is projected to grow 36% between 2021-2031.
  • US News lists data scientist as the #3 best technology job for 2022 and #6 in best jobs overall. You’ll find jobs in various organizations, including government agencies, tech startups, or large corporations.
  • Glassdoor lists how to become a data scientist and states that getting a master’s degree in data science will open doors to high-level positions and increased salaries.
  • Computer and information research scientists, which includes data scientists, should see an average of 3,200 new job postings a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"This program has empowered me with the skills of machine learning, deep learning, reinforcement learning, and all these other tools for becoming a great data science specialist.”

Saurabh Aggarwal
Data Science Alumnus

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Fast Facts

  • The median salary for a Data Scientist in California is over $180,000, according to
  • Computer and information research scientists, which includes data scientists, should see an average of 3,200 new job postings a year, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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