Graduate minor overview

Current University of Minnesota graduate students have the option to complete a minor in data science. The Data Science minor provides a strong foundation in the science of big data and its analysis by gathering together the knowledge, expertise, and educational assets in data collection and management, data analytics, scalable data-driven pattern discovery, and the fundamental concepts behind these methods. Students completing this program will learn the state-of-the-art methods for treating big data and be exposed to the cutting edge methods and theory forming the basis for the next generation of big data technology.

Students take each least one course in each of the three focus areas (statistics, algorithmics, and infrastructure and large scale computing).

Length of program

  • Master's: 9 credits (3 courses)
  • Doctorate: 12 credits (4 courses)

Declaring a minor

Students must be currently enrolled in a University of Minnesota M.S. or Ph.D. program. 

A minor is declared by completing the form included on One Stop Student Service's website. Students should consult with the Graduate Program Coordinator in the minor department with specific questions.