Doctor of Philosophy
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.
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
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.