The Data Science Core Competency, composed of five core areas, applies to all WPI Data Science Graduate Degree and Certificate programs.

  1. Integrative Data Science (Everyone must take):
    1. *DS 501. Introduction to Data Science 
2. Mathematical Analytics (Select one):

     1. *DS 502/MA 543. Statistical Methods for Data Science

      2. MA 542. Regression Analysis

      3. MA 554. Applied Multivariate Analysis

3. Data Access and Management (Select one):
  1. *CS 542. Database Management Systems
  2. *MIS 571. Database Applications Development
  3. CS 561. Advanced Topics in Database Systems
  4. DS 503/CS 585. Big Data Management
4. Data Analytics and Mining (Select one):
  1. DS 504/CS 586. Big Data Analytics
  2. DS 541. Deep Learning
  3. CS 539. Machine Learning
  4. *CS 548. Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
5. Business Intelligence and Case Studies (Select one):
  1. *MIS 584. Business Intelligence
  2. MKT 568. Data Mining Business Applications

If a student does not have prior background in a particular core category, then the student is advised to take the course with a star (*) within that category. 
If two or more courses are starred, then the student may select either of these starred courses based on their individual interest and background.