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Program Overview

Program Overview

With the influx of growing technologies comes an increase in digital complexities. Develop your skills and discover emerging types of data and content. Understand and apply big data. Be the catalyst to companies’ technological success.

You will receive a holistic study of data science - information structures, big data analysis, data mining and predictive analysis. You will learn best-practice knowledge and current methodologies from practicing professionals. You will research and present solutions to real-world problems. Use your relevant training and become both a leader and a sought-after professional in a variety of industries.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Eligible students should meet one of the following requirements:

  • Hold an advanced degree (master’s or doctorate) in a relevant area
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of study, with five years of related work experience
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of study and submit GRE scores with application

If you meet one of the above requirements, you may begin the admissions process. Each applicant must complete the following: 

  • Application with a $50 nonrefundable fee
  • Official transcripts (Must have an undergraduate degree with at least a 3.0 or better for full admission)
  • GRE test scores
  • Two references: one professional and one academic
  • Personal statement: The College of Computing and Technology wants to know (1) your personal and career goals and (2) how the graduate program will contribute to the achievement of your goals via the personal statement form.
  • On-campus interview
Courses

Courses

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Tuition and fees for the MSDS program are as follows:

  • 30-hour program / $1,263 per credit hour (all classes are 3 hours)
  • Course materials and fees included in tuition
  • Tuition adjustments occur each May

Types of Aid

Networking

Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.

Nashville

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Research Opportunities

We know that you want to be an innovator in the field. That’s why we offer unique research opportunities in our state-of-the-art facilities with our world-class faculty so that you can hone your expertise.

Our Faculty

  • Fortune Mhlanga

    Fortune Mhlanga

    Dean, College of Computing and Technology

    Fortune Mhlanga is dean of the College of Computing and Technology. Previously, he was professor of computer science in the School of Information Technology and Computing (SITC) at Abilene Christian...

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  • Qingguo Wang

    Qingguo Wang

    Associate Professor of Data Science

    Qingguo Wang's research expertise is in the interdisciplinary field of Computer Science, Computational Biology, and Cancer Genomics. Before joining Lipscomb University, Wang was a Computational Engineer III at Memorial Sloan...

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Career Paths

Computer and Information Research Scientists

Computer and information research scientists invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology. They study and solve complex problems in computing for business, medicine, science, and other fields.

Database Administrators

Database administrators (DBAs) use specialized software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records. They make sure that data are available to users and secure from unauthorized access.

Mathematicians and Statisticians

Mathematicians and statisticians analyze data and apply mathematical and statistical techniques to help solve real-world problems in business, engineering, healthcare, or other fields.


Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data. They ensure its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.