Data Mining, M.S. - CCSU

Data Mining, M.S.

This program is offered by the Mathematical Sciences Department

Program Curriculum

Program Rationale:

This program is designed for the person who loves data and wants to learn how to uncover actionable results from large data sets using a data scientific framework. Starting with the first course, students will learn data science by applying it on real-world, large data sets, gaining expertise in state-of-the-art data modeling methodologies, so as to prepare them for information-age careers in data science, analytics, data mining, statistics, and actuarial science.

There are five tracks in this program. Four of these provide specialized skills, and the fifth allows a student to sample a variety of data science and computational techniques.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in the program will be expected to:

·       Approach data analysis using a scientific approach, that is, through a systematic process that avoids expensive mistakes by assessing and accounting for the true costs of making various errors.

·       Apply data science using a systematic process, by implementing an adaptive, iterative, and phased framework to the process, including the research understanding phase, the data understanding phase, the exploratory data analysis phase, the modeling phase, the evaluation phase, and the deployment phase; 

·       Demonstrate proficiency with leading open-source analytics coding software such as R and Python, as well as commercial platforms, such as IBM/SPSS Modeler;

·       understand and apply a wide range of clustering, estimation, prediction, and classification algorithms including k-means clustering, classification and regression trees, logistic regression, k-nearest neighbor, multiple regression, and neural networks; and

·       learn more specialized techniques in bioinformatics, text analytics, algorithms, and other current issues.


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the Masters of Science in Data Mining program are expected to have completed two semesters of applied statistics ( such as STAT 104/STAT 453, STAT 200/ STAT 201, or STAT 215/ STAT 216) with grades of B or better, or two semesters of statistics approved by advisor with grades B or better, or permission of the Data Mining Program Director. The second semester course may be taken concurrently with STAT 521 Intro to Data Mining.

Admission Requirements:

Students must hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The undergraduate record must demonstrate clear evidence of ability to undertake and pursue studies successfully in a graduate field. 

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (where A is 4.00), or is equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work is required. Conditional admission may be granted to candidates with undergraduate GPAs as low as 2.40, conditioned on a student receiving no grades lower than a B in DATA 511, 512, and 513. 

In addition to the materials required by the School of Graduate Studies, the following are required by the program:

·      A formal application essay of 500-1000 words that focuses on (a) academic and work history, and (b) reasons for pursuing the Master of Science in Data Science and (c) future professional aspirations, and (d) where and how the applicant has completed the program prerequisites. The essay will also be used to demonstrate a command of the English language. Students may be admitted on condition that they completed these prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better. First-semester courses in statistics are regularly offered by CCSU both online and in classroom.

·      Two letters of recommendation, one each from academic and work environment.(or two from academia if the candidate has not been employed).

The application to the Data Mining program is filled out online. All transcripts should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office. The deadline for submitting applications for the fall semester is May 1. The formal application essay and the letter of recommendation by email to the Director of Data Science.

Course and Capstone Requirements

Bioinformatics Track

For students selecting the bioinformatics track, the following three classes are required.

Other appropriate graduate courses, with permission of advisor.

Text Analytics Track

For students selecting the text analytics track, there are two required classes and one elective. The latter can be any non-core, 500-level DATA course.

Other appropriate graduate courses, with the permission of the advisor.

Advanced Methods Track

For students selecting the advanced methods track, the following three classes are required.

Other appropriate graduate courses, with the permission of the advisor.

General Data Science Track

Excluding the common core, a total of at least twelve credits of courses from the other tracks and/or electives.

Total Credit Hours: 31