Computer Science in Data Science

M.Sc. Online
24 months
10005 USD/year
10005 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Earn your Master of Computer Science in Data Science offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Illinois, learn from pioneering Illinois faculty, and gain the data science skills that are transforming business and society. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


Illinois Computer Science offers a specialized track that includes both MCS degree requirements and data science-focused coursework. This degree is right for anyone who not only wants to learn to extract knowledge and insights from massive data sets, but also wants full command of the computational infrastructure to do so.

The Master of Computer Science in Data Science offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Illinois through a focus on core competencies in machine learning, data mining, data visualization, and cloud computing, It also includes interdisciplinary data science courses, offered in cooperation with the Department of Statistics and the School of Information Science.

If you select the Data Science track, your courses and projects will focus on:

  • Machine Learning: Coursework focusing on tool-oriented and problem-directed approaches to machine learning with applications in computer vision, natural language processing, geopositioning, and voice & music.
  • Data Visualization: Coursework designed to show you how to create effective and understandable data presentations. Learn database visualization tools like Tableau. Use D3.js to develop reactive web pages for narrative data storytelling.
  • Data Mining: This course shows you how to discover patterns in structured data. You’ll also learn to retrieve information from unstructured data sources, such as natural language text.
  • Cloud Computing: Coursework on the cloud computing technology, infrastructure and application development that is essential for supporting the discovery and extraction of knowledge from big data.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Architecture, Compilers, and Parallel Computing
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Database and Information Systems
  • Formal Methods, Programming Languages, and Software Engineering
  • Graphics, Visualization, and Interactive Computing
Details on Coursera Plus:
  • Learn Anything: Explore any interest or trending topic, take prerequisites, and advance your skills
  • Save money: Spend less money on your learning if you plan to take multiple courses this year
  • Flexible Learning: Learn at your own pace, move between multiple courses, or switch to a different course
  • Unlimited Certificates: Earn a certificate for every learning program that you complete at no additional cost

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications are open three times per year, for cohorts starting in the fall, spring, and summer.




30 alternative credits

30 credits (degree) | 9 credits (graduate certificate) | 0.6-1.2 credits (individual course)



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An eligible bachelor's degree 
  • 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA (from the last two years of bachelor's degree coursework)
  • A strong background in object-oriented computer programming, data structures, and algorithms (this should include a "data structures" course or comparable experience). If you do not have graded and transcripted prerequisite CS coursework in these areas, consider enrolling in the Accelerated Computer Science Fundamentals Specialization that is designed to help you prepare for the Online MCS Entrance Exam which can strengthen your application for admission.
  • Not already completed a graduate degree in computer science, computer engineering or a closely related field

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10005 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20010 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    10005 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20010 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.

You can choose from hundreds of free courses, or get a degree or certificate at a breakthrough price. You can now select Coursera Plus, an annual subscription that provides unlimited access.


The Department of Computer Science does not offer research or teaching assistantships to students enrolled in online programs such as the Online MCS. However, the Online MCS program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and enrolled students are eligible for financial assistance. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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!

Fresh content

Updated in the last 3 months

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Our partners

Computer Science in Data Science