The Notre Dame Edge

Why do students choose Notre Dame’s Masters in Data Science Program?

Enrolling in a data science master’s program is a significant commitment of time and money and with so many data science programs available, choosing the right one can be challenging. Our program is distinguished by what we call the Notre Dame Edge. Read more to find out if our program is the right one for you.

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Rigorous Academics

A leading research university with rigorous academics, driven to be a force for good in the world

In our program, students and faculty create a closely-knit learning community that reflects Notre Dame’s high standards of academic excellence and our student-centered approach. Busy working professionals, beyond our campus and around the globe, will benefit from the convenience and flexibility of our course delivery, which blends live sessions with self-paced learning opportunities. All of our instructors hold PhDs and have in-depth knowledge and experience within the field of data science, either from academia, industry or both. This blend of industry and academic perspectives will provide our students with a variety of subjects, projects, and points of view to consider and learn from. Our curriculum is aligned with current and emerging industry trends, using essential tools and analytical methods for the practice of data science. Students from varied academic and professional backgrounds will work on contemporary challenges from business and use the latest tools and methods to practice data science in industry-informed case studies.

Continuing a Tradition of Excellence and Innovation: One of America’s leading undergraduate teaching institutions, Notre Dame has been at the forefront of research and scholarship. The aerodynamics of glider flight, the transmission of wireless messages, and the formulae for synthetic rubber were pioneered at the University. Today, researchers are achieving breakthroughs in astrophysics, radiation chemistry, environmental sciences, tropical disease transmission, peace studies, cancer, robotics, and nanoelectronics. Since data scientists are at the forefront of modern research across industry, we developed a data science master’s program to continue driving discovery and invention through education.

“This college will be one of the most powerful means for doing good in this country.”

Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., founder of the University of Notre Dame du Lac

The student-centered experience

Small classes, faculty interaction, on-campus experiences and industry and alumni connections

A multidisciplinary program

That develops quantitative and computational skills as well as effective communication and ethical judgement.

At Notre Dame, we recognize the full picture of what it takes to be successful in data science. Our multidisciplinary MS-ACMS: Data Science program gives students the edge they need to perform at the highest levels of the field by producing three-dimensional data scientists. A data scientist uses quantitative and computational skills to create value from data – transforming and organizing it; analyzing it using computing, mathematics and statistics; and converting it into valuable knowledge. But a three-dimensional data scientist complements quantitative and computational data skills with the ability to communicate effectively and act ethically.

Quantitative and Computational:

We prepare data scientists to perform at the top of the field with deep mathematical and statistical literacy. Our students learn to address deep, complex mathematical and statistical challenges.


We teach data scientists to become talented storytellers, communicating their analytical insights clearly in order to enable organizational decision-making.


By weaving a persistent awareness of the ethics of data science through our curriculum, we enable data scientists to tackle the complex ethical problems of the field as they emerge.

A state-of-the-art online learning experience

Notre Dame’s Masters in Data Science is delivered through a state–of–the–art learning platform custom designed for the online study of data science.

When we set out to develop an online learning experience for the study of data science, we started with what was important to the student in their personal journey to becoming a data scientist. We designed it with the understanding that many of ours students are working professionals and need both flexibility and an efficient learning experience. We created tools that help our students not only develop skill mastery, but achieve professional growth and personal development.

We then applied learning research and evidence-based pedagogy to ensure highly effective learning – clearly articulated learning paths, communication and collaboration tools, interactive content, progress tracking and feedback, a broad range of assessment types, social networking capabilities, standardized navigation and more.

Lastly, we made the online experience consistent with what makes Notre Dame such a unique academic environment – small class size, faculty interaction, and student collaboration. And in a tribute to the visual splendor of Notre Dame’s campus, the online experience is well-designed, easy to use and visually appealing.

Notre Dame’s online learning experience features the best technology available to teach data science online.