IMPORTANT NOTE: This program is being merged with the Applied Data Science program effective for the fall 2019 application term. Please also consider our other programs in Informatics and Data Science.

Master of Science in Data Informatics

Application Deadlines

Spring 2021: September 15, 2020


The USC Viterbi Master of Science in Data Informatics provides students with the knowledge and skills to:

a) understand and contribute toward the significant technical challenges created by large data environments, including architecture, security, integrity, management, scalability, artificial intelligence topics, and distribution;

b) understand the principles and application of informatics, and the goals of enterprise intelligence; and

c) utilize technical/engineering skills coupled with informatics capabilities to provide enterprise-centric solutions to stakeholders.

Our students are immersed in the overall field of data analytics, the role of the analyst and/or data scientist, and the domains where informatics skills can be applied to critical organization missions. They understand how data management, data visualization, data mining, and artificial intelligence techniques (specifically machine learning) are critical to the analysis process and how these can be applied to real-world challenges.

The program features the application of knowledge and skill in hands-on type experiences, with the goal of having students leave the program having “lived in the data.” Through an extensive elective track and our unique professional practicum, students find the specializations that will help them better prepare themselves for the area(s) of analytics in which they hope to contribute, and focus on real-world challenges brought in by external customers.

International Students: This program is eligible for the OPT STEM extension.

Please Note: Requirements for graduation, course offerings, course availability, track offerings, and any other degree requirements are subject to change. Students should consult with an academic advisor prior to registering for any classes.

  • The Master of Science in Data Informatics requires a total of 28 units mimimum to graduate
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation
Detailed Program Curriculum and RequirementsSchedule of Classes