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Information for All Data Science Students


Forms for all Data Science Graduate Students

A new form for students wishing to register for following courses: 

Forms specifically for Data Science MS Students
Form for Data Science Minor (Undergraduate Students)

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

Information for International Data Science Students

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 holder. Learn more about the program here.


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

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 class-work, projects, or research projects, such as:

DB2 Hadoop Dimensional Insight
InfoSphere Big Insights InfoSphere Streams Mahout
Palisade DecisionTools Suite R RapidMiner
SAS Sparc Spotfire Spotfire
SQL Server Tableaux Weka

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).