The Ph.D. in Data Science is part of the BGSU Graduate College and BGSU College of Arts and Sciences

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Doctor of Philosophy

Data Science

The Doctor of Philosophy in Data Science degree prepares individuals to be the next generation of data scientists.

Graduates of the Ph.D. program are ready for careers in academia, industry and university research labs, government departments and big-name technology companies.  

Quality Classroom Experiences

BGSU is one of the few Ph.D. in Data Science programs that is 100% data science rather than a track, minor or concentration. It also is truly multidisciplinary with expert faculty from three departments: Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Applied Statistics & Operations Research. Individuals in the Ph.D. program at BGSU will develop appropriate techniques to analyze structured, unstructured or dynamic datasets. Unique among technical degrees, required courses include communication and ethics, preparing graduates to be aware of ethical issues related to gathering and analyzing big data, and to communicate their finding to a wide variety of audiences.

Stand Out in courses

  • Big Data Analytics
  • Machine Learning
  • Statistical Learning
  • Linear Statistical Inference
  • Advanced Data Mining
  • Ethical Issues in Data Science
  • Data Science Communication
  • Advanced High-Performance Computing
  • Computational Statistics
  • Applied Multivariate Analysis

Data scientist is ranked the number one best job in America, according to Glassdoor’s 2019 jobs report.


The Ph.D. in Data Science program requires 60 credit hours, including 8 required courses, 7 elective courses, and dissertation work that contributes to the field of data science. Courses are balanced between computer science and statistics. A large number of elective courses are available. Students are required to gain experience working with data in an applied setting during the course of their program.


Graduates of the Ph.D. program will have developed the level of knowledge and skills necessary for one of two different paths. Some graduates will seek academic positions where they lead the development of data science and similar programs. With many new undergraduate and master’s programs being started in the U.S., individuals with doctoral degrees in data science will be in high demand.

The second career path leads to work in private industry or the public sector, where data scientists are the leaders in applied innovation. Doctoral graduates in data science will lead interdisciplinary teams of people with a variety of educational backgrounds.

Salary and Placement Information

According to Glassdoor’s 2019 jobs report, the median base salary for data scientists is $108,000. With more than 6,500 job openings (according to the 2019 Glassdoor jobs report), individuals with data science expertise are well-positioned for success in the job market.

Go Far in your career

  • Data scientist
  • Data analyst
  • Data engineer

BGSU’s program is one of a handful of Ph.D. programs in data science that are truly interdisciplinary by design.

BGSU Graduate College

The Ph.D. in Data Science is part of the BGSU Graduate College and BGSU College of Arts and Sciences

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact

Updated: 02/11/2022 03:16PM