As an analytic storyteller, you go beyond organizing and interpreting big sets of data. You learn how to effectively gather and interpret data. Then, you take it one step further by developing the skills needed to communicate the data through evocative and easy-to-digest visualizations.

A tech-related undergraduate degree is not required to pursue this program.

100% Online Coursework
BYOP (Bring Your Own Projects)
Specialized Academic Advising
Career Coaching Services

Courses

Data Science Core – 18 credits

Intro to Data Science

An introduction to the world of Data Science and in-depth exposure to the statistical software environment “R.”

Big Data Management

An exploration of techniques used to manage and prepare very large data sets.

Data Mining

An exploration of techniques used to find patterns in very large data sets, with an emphasis on the statistical structure of the approaches and practical uses of key tools.

Machine Learning

Get familiar with statistical learning techniques (regression, regularization, and principal component analysis) and programming in a popular machine learning language such as R.

Ethics and Data Security

Examine Big Data ethics and security issues and explore Big Data techniques and methods.

Thesis

Working alone or in a pre-approved group, you’ll complete a data science project within your given discipline.

Analytic Storytelling – 6 credits

Narrative, Argument, and Persuasion with Data

Develop an understanding of theory and skills in constructing a relevant, ethical, and engaging message using data that tells a coherent, persuasive story.

Principles of Design in Data Visualization

Get introduced to the principles of good design, with application to data visualization. You’ll learn about design principles in general through lecture, example, and pen-and-paper practice, then apply these principles in the context of data analysis and visual storytelling using appropriate software tools.

Electives (choose two) – 6 credits

Python for Data Science

Enter the world of data science through in-depth exposure to the software environment Python.

Data Science Capstone

Working alone or in a pre-approved group, you’ll complete a data science project within your given discipline. The deliverables for this project include a technical paper written in R Markdown that details the project and the steps taken.

Practicum in Data Storytelling

Use several real-world data to tell a data-driven story in multiple presentation styles to a variety of expert and non-expert audiences.

Data Science Program—Academic Calendar

Program starts in spring and fall each year. Eight-week courses offered year round.

2022

Spring First BlockSpring Second BlockSummer Eight-WeekFall First BlockFall Second Block
1/5/22-3/1/223/14/22-5/7/226/6/22-7/30/228/17/22-10/11/2210/17/22 -12/17/22

2023

Spring First BlockSpring Second BlockSummer Eight-WeekFall First BlockFall Second Block
1/11/23-3/7/233/20/23-5/13/236/5/23-7/29/238/16/23-10/10/2310/16/23-12/16/23

2024

Spring First BlockSpring Second BlockSummer Eight-Week
1/10/24-3/5/243/18/24-5/11/246/3/24-7/27/24

Admission

SPRING

Apply by December 1

FALL

Apply by June 1

Application Requirements

  • Online application ($40 fee)
  • Official transcripts demonstrating:
    • completion of baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (or international equivalent)
    • 2.5 cumulative GPA
    • completion of STAT 190 – Basic Statistics
    • completion of CS 170 – Intro to Computer Science

International students should note that the Data Science Program at Truman is online, and you will not be issued a student visa to complete this degree.

Regrettably, we are unable to consider applications for fully-online programs by individuals who reside outside of the United States and its territories at this time.  International applicants are still encouraged to consider our face-to-face programs located on campus in Kirksville, Missouri.

Tuition and Fees

Total Program Cost

$13,610

30 total credit hours at $415 per credit hour plus $116 fee per course.

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