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Qualifications that count

Business and other industries are starting to recognise the invaluable need for data scientists. Put yourself at the forefront of the data science revolution with an in-demand degree.

Interdisciplinary education, delivered better

Delivered by respected interdisciplinary academics and industry experts, boost your career with skills that count in the real world with one of Australia’s fastest part-time Masters in this field.

Entry criteria

The Master of Data Science welcomes applications from students who are able to meet the following criteria: 

  • A Bachelor degree, plus high school intermediate level mathematics (basic algebra and differential calculus)*; or at least five years of relevant work experience (high numeracy skills)
  • A Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline (mathematics, statistics, physics, IT, computer science, engineering); or a Graduate Certificate of Data Science.
  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

*JCU offers a specified online mathematics subject, which can be completed prior to application if you do not currently meet the mathematical entry requirement level.

Online Master of Data Science


Assessment includes a combination of completed coursework, assignments and online examinations. Students receive regular feedback on their progress via online forums and individual consultations with academic staff.

The JCU Master of Data Science comprises subjects which also form part of the JCU Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Data Science. This provides the potential to gain an alternative postgraduate qualification, should you choose not to complete the course in its entirety.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

JCU recognises the value of past study and real-world experience. Exemptions or credits for elective subjects will be considered on a case-by-case basis, upon submission of verifiable supporting documentation.

You are welcome to contact the JCU Science and Engineering enrolments officer to discuss your circumstances and develop a tailored program of study.

Personalised support for your success

JCU’s online Master of Data Science is backed by our commitment to personally supporting and encouraging you for the duration of your learning journey. Receive regular, personalised contact and support from your own Success Advisor throughout the entirety of your study. With regular opportunities to interact with peers and academic staff, learning online with JCU is always engaging.

What's more, JCU’s strong links with industry and research sectors mean you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network and explore new career opportunities as you work towards the completion of your qualification.