For the practicum option, the student is responsible for proposing a practicum project at a company conducting data science and analytics work. His/her practicum must directly relate to data science and analytics concepts at the graduate level. Students already employed in a data science field must perform additional data science tasks outside of their existing responsibilities. Practicum experiences must be approved by both the program director and the practicum course instructor prior to enrolling in DATA 698.
The thesis option requires traditional research project characterized by a comprehensive paper on a research topic. A thesis faculty advisor must be identified by the student. The advisor chairs a Master’s Thesis Committee of at least three faculty members which must include the Data Science and Analytics program director. The Committee must approve thesis proposals prior to a student enrolling in DATA 699. The Committee also ultimately decides if the student has successfully defended his/her thesis which is required to graduate.