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What do you get at Tufts? A rigorous engineering education in a unique environment that blends the intellectual and technological resources of a world-class research university with the strengths of a top-ranked liberal arts college.


The average salary for a data scientist in the United States*

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of Tufts School of Engineering graduates had secured employment or received a job offer at the time of graduation


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Where can you go from here? Anywhere you'd like.

Data science is an emerging field—so there’s plenty of room for career growth and innovation. With an MS in data science, you can choose to focus on business applications of data science, or go another route by assisting professionals in making fields like medicine, architecture, and education more effective and productive. Ninety percent of data scientists hold a master’s degree. With an MS from Tufts, you’ll embark on your career path feeling confident and competitive in the field.

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Careers for graduates include:

  • Data scientist
  • Business systems analyst
  • Machine learning engineer
  • AI researcher

Meet Associate Professor Alva Couch

“Data science is where computers meet decision making. [Our] students evaluate data to predict consequences, quantify risks, and avoid misinterpretations. That problem solving uses advanced computational methods as well as statistics and attracts people who would never consider themselves computer experts—they just want to make better decisions.”

Alva Couch, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Co-Director of the Master’s Program

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Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Define and solve complex data-based problems
  • Select appropriate statistical and predictive methodologies with data sets
  • Provide appropriate interpretation of these results based on discipline-related concepts
  • Communicate clearly the conclusions drawn from the analyses of data
  • Create effective visual representations of complex data
  • Maintain collaborative team relationships to contribute to a shared project
  • Demonstrate functional programming skills in a data-related language

Go at Your Own Pace

The MS in data science may be completed in as little as one year or at your own pace. Learn the tools, methods, and practices of data analysis that can be applied to future careers in the industry or further graduate study. Join our interdisciplinary program and prepare yourself for a career in one of the fastest-growing fields today. Choose to study in a fully online program or on campus. Focus areas include: Python programming, machine learning, big data, statistics, computational and theoretical aspects of data science, data analysis and interfaces, and data infrastructure and systems.

Shape Your Future Career

At Tufts, you’ll be fully immersed in the data analysis principles and practices that support data-centric real-world problem solving. World-class faculty lead hands-on projects that prepare you for the future. We train you to evaluate data to predict consequences, quantify risks, and avoid misinterpretations. Courses include probability and information theory and computer science handling computation and machine learning.

At Tufts, you’ll work with world-renowned engineering faculty at the top of their disciplines. Combine classroom teaching and hands-on learning to earn a degree that will prepare you for success. Take advantage of Tufts’ dedicated career and networking resources, explore the Tufts campus just a few miles from the high-tech hubs of Boston and Cambridge, and get ready for the next step in your professional life.



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Entry terms: 

Application Deadlines: 

Fall & Spring


January 15


November 15



  • GRE scores not required for applicants who will have received a degree from a U.S. or Canadian institution. GRE scores required for all other applicants.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores if applicable

Discover Academic Excellence

The Tufts data science program is distinguished by its opportunities to work closely with faculty every step of the way. Graduate students have the chance to collaborate with and learn from some of the most renowned experts in the country, all while seamlessly transitioning from graduate studies to a full-time career.

Program Highlights

  • Complete program in one year or at your own pace
  • Choose between our fully online program or our on-campus program
  • Small class sizes
  • Personalized path of study
  • Mentorship from professors at the top of their fields
  • Collaborative research that crosses disciplines
  • Five miles from the high-tech hub of Boston

Earn Two Degrees in Just 2 Years

At Tufts, hone your innovation, leadership, and management skills alongside your technical skills and graduate ready to lead. On-campus students can apply to our dual degree program and earn an MS in Innovation and Management and an MS offered by one of the six academic departments in the School of Engineering. Earn both degrees in an accelerated timeframe and at a reduced cost.

Graduate Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Program

The School of Engineering’s Graduate Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Program offers graduate students numerous advantages specific to the engineering discipline. Engineering co-op programs provide students with the opportunity to apply the theoretical principles they have learned in their coursework to real-world engineering projects. This practical experience enhances their understanding of engineering concepts and prepares them for the challenges they may face in their future careers.