Data Science Five-Year Dual Degree Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science Program

A five-year dual-degree program is offered in Data Science at Fairfield University's School of Engineering, leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Data Science. This program embraces the educational objectives of the BA in Computer Science program, as well as those of the graduate program in Data Science. It emphasizes experiential learning and innovation. Graduates of the program master the knowledge and tools they need to become data scientists. Data is ubiquitous in the modern world, and data scientists with skills and knowledge to analyze that data are a valuable, sought-after resource.

All Requirements for BA in Computer Science 1122
MATH 5417Applied Statistics I3
SWEG 5322Visual Analytics3
SWEG 6508Data Warehouse Systems3
SWEG 6518Data Mining and Business Intelligence3
Concentration Courses
Complete two courses in one of the following concentration areas: 26
Health Analytics
Healthcare Economics and Marketing
Finance and Quality Management in Healthcare Organizations
Computational Analytics
Database Management Systems
Pattern Recognition
Bioinformatics
Evolutionary Biology
Computational Biology
Computational Statistics for Biomedical Sciences
Behavioral Analytics
Gender and Mental Health
Social Analytics
Race, Cities, and Poverty
American Class Structure
Sociology of Education
Graduate Electives
Select two additional graduate-level electives from the following: 46
Computing Technical Electives
Artificial Intelligence
Cloud Computing
Machine Learning
Algorithms
Advanced Database Concepts
Applications and Data Security
Mathematics Electives
Applied Statistics II
Probability Theory
Statistics Theory
Capstone Sequence
SWEG 6961Capstone Professional Project I3
SWEG 6962Capstone Professional Project II3
Total Credits152

Note: A minimum of 30 credits must be completed at the graduate level.

Changing from Undergraduate to Graduate Status

Students may request a change of status from the undergraduate to the undergraduate/graduate combined plan of study at any point after the following conditions are met, with approval from their academic advisor and the department chair:

  • Completed 60+ credits toward the BA in Computer Science.
  • Successfully completed 6 courses in Software Engineering or Computer Science with a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Students will be awarded both the BA in Computer Science, typically at the end of the fourth year, and MS in Data Science, usually by the end of the fifth year, as the requirements of each degree are satisfied.