Why Study at JCU

JCU is ranked in the top 2% of the world’s universities, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities

JCU is ranked in the top 14 Australian universities

JCU has received 5 stars for job success in the Good Universities Guide for the past 6 years running

Why Study Online at JCU

100% online study - balance your Data Science course around work and family commitments

Focus on one subject at a time

Complete up to six subjects a year, part-time

Personalised, on-going support throughout your degree

Master of Data Science online

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What you will study

You will study up to 12 online subjects, depending on your entry point and recognition of prior learning. There are six subjects offered each year. Study periods are seven weeks long, with new subjects starting every second month.  

You’ll gain expert skills in programming languages including Python and R, professional capability in visualisation tools such as SAS and Tableau, software development platforms like R-Studio and Jupyter and experience on cloud computing platforms including Amazon Web Services.

An interdisciplinary approach means you’ll acquire relevant knowledge from across the mathematics, information technology and business domains, delivered by experts in research, academia, business and of course, data science. This varied approach delivers a flexible knowledge base and skillset, adding weight to employability. 

Want more details about these subjects? Find out more from our course guide.

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Entry requirements

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

  • A Bachelor degree (whilst not a prerequisite for entry, high numeracy skills equivalent to senior level mathematics that includes algebra and elementary differential calculus is assumed); OR
  • At least five years of relevant work experience in an IT or data science-related industry. Industry experience will need to include some background in computing, data analysis or programming.  Application based on relevant industry experience must be supported by a detailed CV and proof of work experience.

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.

Not sure if you meet these entry criteria? Our Enrolment Advisors can assist you.

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Master of Data Science student, Lachlan, shares his experience studying data science with JCU Online.


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.

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Personalised support for your success

JCU’s Masters in 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 Student 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.

Become SAS® Certified

JCU has partnered with SAS®, analytic software provider and leader in Data Science.

The Master of Data Science will prepare you to become a SAS® Certified Big Data Professional Using SAS®9

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Master of Data Science (Professional)

This four subject extension of the Masters program is designed to complement the teachings offered in the Master of Data Science. Capstone projects, masterclasses and industry-partnered projects help you build a career-ready portfolio, contextualise your knowledge, and gain real-world experience in data science.

Completing all 16 subjects will earn you the full Master of Data Science (Professional) degree. 

Learn more about The Master of Data Science (Professional).

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Master of Data Science

Whether you want to progress or kick-start a career in data science, a Master of Data Science will set you apart. This includes gaining skills in Programming (Python, PHP and R), Visualisation (Tableau) and Cloud platforms like AWS. The course is also SAS Certified.

Completing all 12 subjects will earn you a Master of Data Science degree. 

Learn more about The Master of Data Science.

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Graduate Diploma of Data Science (Internet of Things)

This Graduate Diploma gives you the specialist skills to create the end-to-end data ecosystems which are redefining the way the world works, and interacts. From human-centric smart devices to large infrastructural smart networks, you’ll gain the skills to grow your career into a rapidly expanding field.

Exiting after eight subjects will earn you a Graduate Diploma of Data Science (IoT).

Learn more about The Graduate Diploma of Data Science (IoT).

8 subjects in 16 months

Graduate Diploma of Data Science

The Graduate Diploma of Data Science helps you fast-track a career shift or career advancement. You gain immediately applicable skills and a clear understanding of the tools and frameworks you’ll need to grow in whatever area of this diverse field you choose.

Exiting after eight subjects will earn you a Graduate Diploma of Data Science.

Learn more about The Graduate Diploma of Data Science.

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Graduate Certificate of Data Science

The Graduate Certificate of Data Science gives you immediately applicable data science skills and is both a great foundation for moving into a data science career, and as a stepping stone towards higher qualifications.

Exiting after the first four subjects will earn you a Graduate Certificate of Data Science.

Learn more about The Graduate Certificate of Data Science.

Master of Data Science Advisory Board

The JCU Master of Data Science is backed by an Industry Advisory Board, made up of data science and tech leaders from across Australia with extensive experience both domestically and abroad. Read more

Professor Ron White

Head of Physical Sciences

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Dr. Carla Ewels

Course Coordinator and Lecturer

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Dr. Neil Fraser


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Dr. Amy Shi Nash

Global Head of Data Analytics

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Joao Almeida

Chief Technology Officer

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Wesley Grisdale

Head of IT - Business Intelligence and Information Management

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Arthur Panos

Director of ​Roaming & New Business

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David Miller

Director, Data and Business Intelligence

Andrew Carline


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