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Jacob Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, which incorporated similar concepts to those used in Data Science, but he did not know how to use his knowledge and skills to advance his career.

The Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) at Texas Tech University changed that. It helped him realise there is a promising future in, what the World Economic Forum calls, “the new gold.”

Texas Tech University Rawls College Of Business

Source: Texas Tech University Rawls College Of Business

“Data is utilised in every facet of the economy today, and people from all over the world and from every different background can succeed if they want to learn how to improve decision-making in business. The MSDS degree has helped me identify how everything I learned in my undergraduate is being used in the real world,” Adams enthused.

Although this programme is offered by the Rawls College of Business, it provides the perfect mix of both technical and business coursework, much to Ritu Jagatpal Tomar’s delight. The MSDS alumna strongly feels that this balance is the best aspect.

Adams concurs, adding, “this programme is not specifically created for technically inclined people.” He believes that its strategic combination of courses has allowed him to get ahead of most people in this industry.

The MSDS programme provides flexible learning modes: online or on campus. Source: Texas Tech University

The MSDS programme is flexible; designed to fit a wide range of personal and professional needs. Students learn how to use advanced technologies and statistical methods to manipulate and interpret data into actionable organisational strategies in one accelerated year – either online or on campus. A two-year, part-time option is available online only.

Nick Burns, a graduate of the programme, took the one-year option, and has no regrets.

“Looking back, the time I put into it was well worth it. If you put in the time and effort, you will definitely reap the benefits,” recalls Burns, who worked his way up in the Data Analytics industry after graduation. He is now the CEO of his own coaching business.

Indeed, the MSDS programme is not only flexible, but affordable.

Texas Tech University’s campus is located in the affordable city of Lubbock, Texas. Source: Texas Tech University

TTU’s Rawls College of Business is located in Lubbock, Texas – where students can enjoy both big city conveniences and small-town friendliness. Lubbock is ranked 16th among Texas’s cheapest urban areas and scores an impressive 91.5% for their overall cost of living index (Council for Community and Economic Research 2017), a fact that greatly appealed to Tomar.

“Since I’m an international student, one of the things that persuaded me to pursue this course was that the cost of living in Lubbock is quite low. You can manage your expenses very well here,” Tomar explained.

In addition to the attractive costs, there is another incentive that may be of particular interest to international students. This programme is STEM-designated, which means upon completion, international students may qualify to work in the US — under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) programme — for up to three years after receiving their degrees.

Furthermore, as one of the first and most well-established Data Science programmes in the country, it is little wonder the online MSDS programme performs well in rankings. It is ranked #6 nationally, and the US News and World Report 2021 gave this programme the #17 spot for Best Online Master’s in Business Programmes (Excluding MBA).

“As we strive to provide a high-quality education to our students, the rankings show that all the strategic initiatives we have taken over the last few years are making an impact,” raved  Dr. Mayukh Dass, Associate Dean of Graduate Programmes and Research.

TTU Rawls College of Business faculty members are skilled in research subjects such as computer-aided decision making and information requirements determination. Adams is especially grateful for this.

MSDS graduates are highly esteemed in the industry. Source: Texas Tech University

“Our professors are former professionals in their area of expertise, and are always willing to help,” Adams chimed in, adding that he and other fellow students can also make use of the renowned of Rawls Career Management Centre’s useful employment services.

All of this, affordability, sterling rankings, exceptional faculty and student-oriented support services, result in an average starting salary of US$90,000 and an outstanding job placement rate of 90% for graduates. If you are looking for an excellent US postgraduate programme in Data Science, apply here today.

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