12 months
51500 USD/year
51500 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Rice University's Master of Data Science program is a professional, non-thesis degree designed to support the needs of interdisciplinary professionals. 


Taught by world-class faculty, the program offers students online or on-campus options.

The MDS degree will be offered with both an on-campus and an online option. Students must apply to either the online or on-campus program and will be explicitly admitted to one program or the other.

Rice University’s Master of Data Science (MDS) program is designed to support the needs of interdisciplinary professionals who want to apply data science knowledge, theory, and techniques to solve real-world problems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the MDS degree, students will have proficiency in:

  • Understanding the computational and statistical foundations of Data Science
  • Knowing and understanding how to use the core methods of Data Science as applied to an area of specialization or across a breadth of areas
  • Applying Data Science knowledge, theory, and techniques to solve difficult, real-world problems, beginning with raw data and ending with actionable insights
  • Effectively communicating written and orally about Data Science methods and results to a lay audience

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Computer Programming for Data Science 
  • Machine Learning
  • Big Data 
  • Data Visualization
  • Statistics for Computing and Data Science
  • Data-driven Operations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


31 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Rice considers all applications holistically. Admissions decisions are based on Rice’s assessment of each applicant’s ability to succeed in the program, considering his or her undergraduate grades, test scores and work experience. 
  • The admissions standards will be the same for both programs. The GRE test will be recommended for all applicants, but not required. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    51500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25750 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    51500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25750 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Houston

1067 - 1950 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

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