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Brown's Data Science Initiative Announces A New Master's Program

The image at left shows students at Brown Data Science's inaugural DataFest, aimed at promoting the learning of data science.

Extracting meaning and value from increasingly complex and voluminous data requires a distinct set of skills, methods, and tools that form the emerging discipline of Data Science. Brown’s Data Science Initiative (DSI) is an interdisciplinary collaboration between four core foundational departments (Applied Mathematics, Biostatistics, Computer Science, and Mathematics) and domain disciplines that aims to catalyze data-enabled science and scholarship across the campus, creating new opportunities for innovation in both its methods and application.

The DSI is happy to announce the creation of a new Master's program that will draw on Brown’s strengths in Data Science and offer students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds a rigorous, distinctive, and attractive education for building a career in Data Science and/or Big Data management.

The program's main goal is to provide a fundamental understanding of the methods and algorithms of Data Science. This understanding will be achieved through a study of relevant topics in mathematics, statistics, and computer science, including machine learning, data mining, security and privacy, visualization, and data management. Additionally, a Data and Society course will prepare students for ethical and societal challenges and considerations surrounding data science, and final “capstone” projects will provide experience in important, frontline Data Science problems in a variety of fields.

For more information about the Data Science Master’s program, including course structure, information on how to apply, and a FAQ, please click here.