STEM Designation

WPI’s Data Science program is a 
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-designated degree program. Its Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code is 30.0801, indicating it has a Mathematics and Computer Science focus. This qualifies it as a STEM program by the
 United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) STEM-designated degree programs. View the STEM degree program list here (PDF).  

The U.S. government has recognized the importance of STEM education by offering certain privileges 
for STEM degree recipients. These include, for example, the 17-months extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT) for STEM degree holders from the usual 12 months of Optional Practical Training to 29 months for qualified F-1 non-immigrant visa holders. Learn more about the program here.

State-of-the-Art Software

Through our campus-wide data science initiative, you will be able to tap into the resources of multiple departments. You will have access to state-of-the-art data science software programs as part of your classwork, projects, or research projects, such as:

DB2 Hadoop Dimensional Insight
IBM Cognos IBM ILOG CPLEX IBM SPSS Modeler
InfoSphere Big Insights InfoSphere Streams Mahout
Maple MATLAB MySQL
Palisade DecisionTools Suite R RapidMiner
SAS Sparc Spotfire Spotfire
SQL Server Tableaux Weka

Facilities

Beyond computer laboratories and classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art computing equipment, you will also be able to participate in data science projects and research in interdisciplinary facilities, including but not limited to:

  • Advanced Learning Technologies Laboratory
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Financial Math Laboratory
  • Analytics Laboratory
  • ASSISTment’s Laboratory
  • Big Data: Data Management, Mining, and Visualization Laboratory Cluster
  • Data Science Innovation Lab
  • Flaherty Laboratory
  • Healthcare Delivery Institute Living Laboratory
  • Information Processing and Security Laboratory
  • User Experience Decision Making Laboratory
  • Science Learning by Inquiry Group Laboratory
  • Statistics Multimedia Laboratory
  • Signal Processing and Information Networking Laboratory

Data Science Student Resources

For more general WPI resources, visit the Student Resources page.

Information for All Data Science Students

Here you'll find our current Data Science course schedule, as well as a compilation of questions and answers (FAQ) gathered from the many Q and A's we've received. 

Form for Data Science Minor (Undergraduate Students)

If you're a WPI undergrad interested in a Data Science minor, please complete this form.

Forms for Data Science Graduate Students

These general forms are used by all Data Science graduate students.

Forms for Data Science MS Students

These forms are specifically for MS students in Data Science.

Forms for Data Science PhD Students

These forms are specifically for PhD students in Data Science.

Information for International Data Science Students

STEM Lecture Series: Elke Rundensteiner, PhD and Program Director of Data Science

Lisa M. Whitcomb, a WPI Graduate and the STEM Starter Academy Coordinator at Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA, had standing room only when Elke introduced the students to Data Science (PDF).