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Computer Science in Data Science, MCS-DS

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
This Master in Computer Science in Data Science offered by Coursera in partnership with the University of Illinois is a flexible and affordable degree, focused on one of the hottest fields of the new millennium.


Enroll in the Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS) offered by Coursera in partnership with the University of Illinois and gain access to the computational and statistical knowledge needed to turn big data into meaningful insights. 

Build expertise in four core areas of computer science—data visualization, machine learning, data mining, and cloud computing—while learning key skills in statistics and information science. This completely online degree is an affordable gateway to one of the most lucrative and fastest growing careers of the new millennium.

The MCS-DS is offered by Illinois Computer Science, a U.S. News & World Report top five CS graduate program, in collaboration with the University’s Statistics Department and top-ranked iSchool. 

Join our alumni network of entrepreneurs, educators, and technical visionaries, who have revolutionized the way people communicate, shop, conduct business, and are entertained. From the ILLIAC to Blue Waters, OpenMP to MPI, Mosaic to YouTube, and the first vectorizing compilers to LLVM, Illinois Computer Science has long been at the forefront of excellence in computing and education.


Practical courses designed to help you master skills that you can start applying to your career right away.


The MCS-DS is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Machine Learning
  • Data Visualization
  • Data Mining
  • Cloud Computing


      Professionals who want to use big data to understand the world, discover new insights, and optimize their decision-making will find value in the MCS-DS program. Analyzing the rising tide of data has become important to a wide range of fields, including the humanities, medicine, and business, as well as engineering and the sciences. 

      Detailed Programme Facts

      • Programme intensity Part-time
        • Average part-time duration 12 months
        • Duration description
          12 - 36 months
      • Credits
        32 alternative credits
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode

      English Language Requirements

      You only need to take one of these language tests:

      • Minimum required score:


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      • Minimum required score:


        The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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      Academic Requirements

      You need the following GPA score:

      Required score: 3
      Recommended score: 3.2

      Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

      Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).


      • An eligible bachelor's degree (Check to see if your degree is eligible)
      • 3.0/4.0 undergraduate GPA or higher (from the last two years of bachelor's degree coursework)
      • Sufficient background in object oriented computer programming, data structures and algorithms (e.g. including a "data structures" course or comparable knowledge)
      • Not already completed a graduate degree in computer science.
      • A bachelor's degree in a computing field or some upper-level computing coursework
      • 3.2/4.0 undergraduate GPA or higher
      • Programming experience with C++ and/or Java

      Getting a Student Visa

      This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        21000 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 21000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
      • National

        21000 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 21000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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