2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Data Analytics MS

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College: Engineering and Computer Science Degree: MS
Department: Computer Science Option: Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites: http://www.ce.ucf.edu/credit/data/

Program Description

The Master of Science in Data Analytics program provides students with the ability to develop algorithms and computer programs for discovery of information from large amounts of data. This includes the architecture of programs, as well as technical details of algorithm development. Students are expected to be able to write and maintain novel computer programs that make efficient use of cutting-edge computer technology.

Students in this nonthesis program receive a broad background in the areas of parallel programming, machine learning, data mining, and network science while specializing in particular areas of data analytics practice. Students successfully completing this program will have exhibited breadth as well as depth of capability involving discovery of knowledge from “big data.”


The MS in Data Analytics requires 30 credit hours and includes a project, which is a culminating experience. Students must receive a grade of “B” or higher in all courses.

Total Credit Hours Required: 30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree


An undergraduate degree in computer science, statistics, computer engineering or information technology is desirable but not required. Applicants without a strong undergraduate background in computer science or statistics must demonstrate an understanding of the material covered in the following upper division undergraduate courses:

  • COP 3330 Object-Oriented Programming
  • COP 3503C Computer Science II
  • COP 4710 Database Systems
  • STA 2023 Statistical Methods I
  • Programming experience or STA 4164 Statistical Methods III

Required Courses: 24 Credit Hours

All students are required to take the following courses, for a total of 24 credit hours.

Restricted Elective Courses: 6 Credit Hours

All students are required to complete 6 credit hours of approved electives that are selected after consultation with the student’s adviser.

Independent Learning

The Independent Learning Requirement is met by successful completion of a capstone project in CAP 6942 - Project in Data Analytics .

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirement , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Resume/CV
  • Letters of recommendation (encouraged but not required)

Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program.

An undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Information Technology, or Computer Engineering is desirable but not required. Applicants without a strong undergraduate background in Computer Science and Statistics must demonstrate an understanding of the material covered in upper-division undergraduate courses listed under the Articulation Section of the Curriculum Information. Applicants may choose to demonstrate their knowledge of these courses by taking these courses as non-degree seeking and scoring “B” or better in all of them.

Application Deadlines

Data Analytics MS *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1 Dec 1  
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1  
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Ivan Garibay PhD
Telephone: 407-882-1163

Graduate Admissions

Ashley Rivera Mercado
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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