Online Master of Data Science

Hands-on experience: Data science student projects

With JCU Online, you will build a portfolio to demonstrate your expertise. See some examples from our students below.

Student Project Ubot Robot Harvesting

Ubot: Robot harvesting

Create MobileNetV3 model using UBOT provided annotated citrus images. Compare with provided UBOT citrus detection mask RCNN model and compare detection accuracy and detection speed performance.

Student Project Fuel price cycle in NSW NRMA

Fuel price cycles in NSW: NRMA

To build a statistical model that will identify fuel price cycles in New South Wales (NSW) for the National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA), provide diagnostics around movements and visualise in a dashboard.

Student Project Cairns regional council water monitoring

Cairns regional council water monitoring

Conduct an analysis and visualisation of Council’s customer water meter data (1997 – 2018) for the purposes of gaining and developing insights to inform Council’s review of its Demand Management Strategy and better understand growth expansion areas.


Qualify from a world-class university

Delivered by industry experts

This course is designed by academics with a deep knowledge of data science and industry experts who understand the needs of organisations and the emerging trends tomorrow’s data scientists will need.

Graduate with a career-ready portfolio

Build a portfolio to showcase your newfound capabilities.

Gain in-demand skills

Develop skills in a suite of programming languages and software including Python, R, Tableau and AWS. Study the only online Master of Data Science in Australia to be SAS certified.

Program Highlights

  • Develop fundamental skills in data science.
  • Gain skills in SAS, Python, R and more.
  • Build your portfolio and open up your career opportunities.
  • Fast-track your career with 100% online study.
  • Study one subject at a time over a seven week study period.
  • Experience a customised online learning environment designed by experts.
  • Be supported by a dedicated Student Success Advisor.
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Get your degree sooner - while you work

JCU Online delivers the online Master of Data Science through an accelerated learning model. Coursework is accessed 100% online, on any device.

Study one subject at a time, across a seven-week study period

We offer six study periods across the calendar year, each lasting seven weeks. During this time, you focus on a single subject for maximised learning outcomes. This approach means you can enrol in up to six subjects and complete your 12-subject Master of Data Science in just 24 months, ahead of most other university programs.

Built-in convenience for busy professionals

Our online course structure delivers flexibility for busy, working professionals. The option of starting at any of the six enrolment intakes throughout the year offers ultimate convenience. What’s more, you can maintain work, family and other commitments without the hassle of a fixed timetable.


Master of Data Science

Smart, customised online learning

Our online courses are designed with you in mind. The interactive online learning environment houses coursework, assessment and resources, which have been designed by academics and digital experts to provide an effective learning platform.

Master of Data Science

  • Collaborate with Tutors and Peers
  • Manage your workload
  • Download the App
Collaborate with Tutors and Peers

Blackboard Collaborate is your virtual classroom, bringing together students from around the world in one online space.

Manage your workload

All subject content is broken down into digestible weekly content, so you know how to focus your time each week.

Download the App

Access your course materials easily via your mobile device with the Blackboard App.


Designed by data scientists, for data scientists

A Master of Data Science from JCU Online puts you ahead of the data science pack. Designed for professionals who recognise the power of data and numbers and delivered by industry experts, this master’s degree provides the foundation you need to open a wealth of opportunities in a future defined by data.

JCU Online’s Master of Data Science is SAS Certified, and delivered by leading experts with deep academic knowledge and real-world experience. The course gives you a solid foundation in contemporary data science theory, skills in machine learning, AI, Programming (Python and R), Visualisation (Tableau) and Cloud platforms like AWS.


Nested Qualifications - Early Entry and Exit Options

You can also build towards your master’s degree through flexible entry and exit points and ‘qualify as you go’ through our nested qualifications. As you study your Master of Data Science, you will gain your Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Data Science. If you need to finish your study early, you may still qualify for a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma. Get in touch with an Enrolment Advisor to find out more.


*Duration dependent on individual study path and subject availability. Please speak to an Enrolment Advisor for more information.

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Personalised support for your success

JCU Online’s Master of Data Science has been designed to provide the best possible learning experience for students. You’ll have access to one-on-one support from a dedicated Success Advisor. They will be there from commencement right throughout your studies, keeping you motivated and on track to achieve your goals.

To help you learn more effectively and efficiently, you’ll also have access to live interactive sessions with your tutors and classmates – wherever you are.

JCU’s innovative and interactive learning environment, with video, audio, discussion boards, chat forums and practical authentic assessments, is smart, effective online learning.


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  • Information about the course
  • Course duration
  • Fees
  • Course descriptions
  • What to expect from the course
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  • How online study works
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