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An In-Demand Data Science Education, Fully Online

Online Master of Science in Engineering with Certificate of Specialization in Data Science Engineering


  • Gain the skills to process both structured and unstructured large-scale and multimodal data sets to enable data-driven decision-making
  • Explore prominent data science tools and topics including deep-learning libraries (e.g., PyTorch and TensorFlow), advanced probabilistic-reasoning tools (e.g., Bayesian Inference) and distributed-computation systems (e.g., MapReduce)
  • Learn from UCLA faculty and industry experts through a curriculum developed in partnership with an industrial advisory board drawing on engineering and data science disciplines
  • Take advantage of flexible, affordable online education, fitting asynchronous classes into your schedule while you pursue your career
  • Consistently ranked as one of the best schools in the U.S. for online graduate engineering education
  • GRE test scores may be waived for applicants who have highly competitive holistic portfolios
  • Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics, and should be proficient in computer programming, including Python.

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Solve Societal Problems in New Ways with Inclusive Data

As access to accurate data continues to be an integral part of the successful operation of every business across industries, engineers and scientists have a responsibility to leverage the power of data for positive change in society. At the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, we teach students to consider the ethical implications of their work in the rapidly growing field of data science.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for data scientists is expected to grow 22% by 2030, much faster than the national average for all occupations. An online master’s degree in data science can expand your career opportunities and give you the skills to help businesses mitigate problems and optimize efficiency through data-driven solutions. In addition, the highly coveted data science master’s degree from UCLA can prepare you to solve global challenges and engineer change to improve humanity and the lives of people with equity and ethics in mind.

Data science skills have seen a significant increase in demand over the last five years (174%) and are expected to continue to grow another 91.7% by 2024, creating 368,132 new jobs.

— Lightcast

Program Overview

At UCLA Samueli, we understand the impact that an in-depth data science master’s degree can have on your professional journey, which is why our team of faculty and industrial advisory board members developed a program that helps working professionals achieve their career goals on a part-time schedule. Our online M.S. in Engineering with Certificate of Specialization in Data Science Engineering (MSOL: DATA SCIENCE ENGR) provides engineers and scientists the opportunity to explore and interact with popular data science tools including deep-learning libraries like PyTorch and TensorFlow, advanced probabilistic-reasoning tools such as Bayesian Inference and distributed-computation systems like MapReduce.

“In my work, I collaborate with people in different industries. What I’ve found is that there is a commonality in the need for optimized data usage and analysis. Our core courses are designed to help students understand this commonality and arm them with strategies and tools that can be used in any domain.”

— Yizhou Sun, associate professor of computer science

Our faculty is made up of experts with decades of experience working at the forefront of engineering and data science, conducting groundbreaking research in quantum computing, next-generation robotics and sustainable environment and energy technologies that make life better for people around the world.

Learn to solve problems and harness data ethically using responsible artificial intelligence through a curriculum of five core courses and four electives. Students have the opportunity to craft their own plan of study to fit their interests while also gaining the knowledge to use large-scale data to drive actionable insights based on science.

In our online MSOL: DATA SCIENCE ENGR, you will learn top data science skills that employers look for, including:

  • Machine learning
  • Predictive modeling
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data analytics
  • Natural language processing
  • Deep learning
  • Data mining
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We Aim to Improve Diverse Representation in Data Science Engineering

UCLA Samueli is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive community where everyone in our diverse student body feels welcome. We understand how vital different viewpoints and experiences are to creating a culture of academic excellence and innovating new solutions to global challenges. Because of this, we have developed initiatives, programs and organizations to help our students, including those who are historically underrepresented in engineering and computer science, succeed in our program and build successful careers in data science.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for data scientists is expected to grow 22% by 2030, much faster than the national average for all occupations.

With such exponential growth comes the pressing need for conscientious contributors. Data can be easily manipulated for nefarious purposes, so we mentor engineers and scientists to adopt an ethical approach to addressing the collective challenges our society faces, including accessible health care, quality education, sustainability and responsible artificial intelligence.

Careers in Data Science Engineering

Because companies are constantly looking to improve their products and efficiencies, data scientists can thrive in almost any domain.

Lightcast, a labor analytics software company, reports that the top industries seeking data scientists include:

  • Finance and insurance
  • Professional, scientific and tech services
  • Manufacturing
  • Information
  • Retail trade
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Public administration

In our program, you also have the opportunity to meet and network with exceptional industry leaders, many of whom are UCLA engineering alumni who act as mentors, providing internships and career guidance.

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About the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering includes No. 1 ranked online engineering master’s programs and is a tightly knit community of nearly 200 full-time faculty members, more than 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as 40,000 active alumni. Known as the birthplace of the internet, UCLA Samueli is also where countless other fields took some of their first steps — from artificial intelligence to reverse osmosis, from mobile communications to human prosthetics. In 2021, UCLA became the first university to win an XPRIZE with a UCLA Samueli team awarded a $7.5 million grand prize in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. UCLA is ranked No. 1 among public universities, per U.S. News & World Report.