Master of Data Science

Master of Data Science

The JCU Online Master of Data Science is designed to put professionals who recognise the power of data and numbers ahead of the pack. JCU Online’s Master of Data Science is backed by an Industry Advisory Board, made up of data science and tech leaders from across Australia with extensive experience both domestically and abroad. You’ll also gain industry-recognised skills - JCU has partnered with SAS®, analytic software provider and leader in Data Science. The Master of Data Science will prepare you to become a SAS® Certified Big Data Professional Using SAS®.

Beginning with the basics of data science, including statistical methods, data visualisation and database systems, you’ll then move on to more specialised areas, such as programming and data mining. High-level subjects include the management, security, privacy and ethics of data; strategic decision-making; and machine learning. Your studies will culminate in masterclasses and a major project, and you will have the opportunity to participate in industry, research and government departments where possible, solving real-world data-driven problems.

With its accelerated learning model, this course is one of the fastest part-time Masters in the IT field. It is delivered by award-winning teachers and leading experts with expansive, cutting-edge knowledge and valuable real-world industry experience.

An interdisciplinary approach means you’ll acquire relevant knowledge from across the mathematics, information technology and business domains, delivered by experts in research,
academia, business and of course, data science. This varied approach delivers a flexible knowledge base and skillset, adding weight to employability.

You’ll gain expert skills in programming languages including Python and R, professional capability in visualisation tools such as SAS and Tableau, software development platforms like R-Studio and Jupyter and experience on cloud computing platforms including Amazon Web Services.

A Master of Data Science (Professional) is also available which is a four subject extension of the Masters program, which gives you a professional portfolio, further proving your data science capabilities. This portfolio is designed to give you the provable experience you might normally expect to work years for, helping you fast track your ambitions. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain real experience in data science by working on industry partnered projects.

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  • Qualification:
    Postgraduate, Master's Degree
  • Study mode:
    Online
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    24 - 32 months part-time
  • Start date:
    6 intake dates each year – enquire now!
  • Awarded by:
    James Cook University Online
  • Location:
    Online
  • Career Outcomes:
    Data Analyst | Business Systems Analyst | Systems Analyst | Database Designer | Data Scientist | View All

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Course Rundown

The JCU Online Master of Data Science is designed to put professionals who recognise the power of data and numbers ahead of the pack. JCU Online’s Master of Data Science is backed by an Industry Advisory Board, made up of data science and tech leaders from across Australia with extensive experience both domestically and abroad. You’ll also gain industry-recognised skills – JCU has partnered with SAS®, analytic software provider and leader in Data Science. The Master of Data Science will prepare you to become a SAS® Certified Big Data Professional Using SAS®.

Beginning with the basics of data science, including statistical methods, data visualisation and database systems, you’ll then move on to more specialised areas, such as programming and data mining. High-level subjects include the management, security, privacy and ethics of data; strategic decision-making; and machine learning. Your studies will culminate in masterclasses and a major project, and you will have the opportunity to participate in industry, research and government departments where possible, solving real-world data-driven problems.

With its accelerated learning model, this course is one of the fastest part-time Masters in the IT field. It is delivered by award-winning teachers and leading experts with expansive, cutting-edge knowledge and valuable real-world industry experience.

An interdisciplinary approach means you’ll acquire relevant knowledge from across the mathematics, information technology and business domains, delivered by experts in research,
academia, business and of course, data science. This varied approach delivers a flexible knowledge base and skillset, adding weight to employability.

You’ll gain expert skills in programming languages including Python and R, professional capability in visualisation tools such as SAS and Tableau, software development platforms like R-Studio and Jupyter and experience on cloud computing platforms including Amazon Web Services.

A Master of Data Science (Professional) is also available which is a four subject extension of the Masters program, which gives you a professional portfolio, further proving your data science capabilities. This portfolio is designed to give you the provable experience you might normally expect to work years for, helping you fast track your ambitions. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain real experience in data science by working on industry partnered projects.

Eligibility

To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a Bachelor degree (whilst not a prerequisite for entry, high numeracy skills equivalent to senior level mathematics that includes algebra and elementary differential calculus is assumed); OR
  • Have at least five years of relevant work experience in an IT or data science-related industry. Industry experience will need to include some background in computing, data analysis or programming. Application based on relevant industry experience must be supported by a detailed CV and proof of work experience.
  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

In this IT course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Foundations for Data Science
  • Statistical Methods for Data Science
  • Data Visualisation
  • Database Systems
  • Programming and Data Analytics using Python
  • Essential Mathematics for Data Scientists
  • Introduction to Data Mining
  • Visual Analytics for Data Scientists using SAS
  • Data and Information: Management, Security, Privacy, and Ethics
  • Advanced Data Management and Analysis using SAS
  • Data Science and Strategic Decision Making
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • Data Science Master Class 1
  • Data Science Master Class 2
  • Data Science Project (6 credit points) - composed of Part A and Part B

Study when it suits you, receive personal academic support and make your CV shine with a qualification from an internationally recognised university.

With a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, we know the value of a world-class education: our students graduate to become leaders in their fields and their communities. What’s more, JCU has been awarded five stars for graduate job success for six years running by The Good
Universities Guide.

Through our postgraduate courses, we aim to empower professionals to have a positive impact and make their lives matter. Enrol and gain the skills to build your brighter future, today.

When you study with JCU Online, you can be sure that you will receive the best possible guidance and assistance to help you achieve your goals.

In addition to the academic and student networks you’ll develop, you will be introduced to your Student Success Advisor upon enrolment. They provide access to useful resources, dedicated
guidance and motivation throughout your study journey.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Master of Data Science from James Cook University.

Students will graduate as highly sought-after professionals in one of the world’s fastest growing sectors, enabling them to pursue a range of career opportunities across multiple industries. 

According to Seek, the most common salary for a Data Scientist is $130,000. The Talent Data Science & Analytics Market Snapshot & Salary Guide states the most in-demand skills in this field include programming languages like SQL, Python and R, business analytics and machine learning, all of which you will learn in JCU Online’s Master of Data Science.

Graduates will also have a portfolio from the major projects completed in their final study areas, instantly demonstrating valuable skills and experience to potential employers.

 

Curious about where a career in it could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

James Cook University also offers an upfront payment option.

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $46,620 (2020-21 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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