The NYU Center for Data Science is developing a number of programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Master of Science in Data Science is the first such program, launched in the fall of 2013. In the fall of 2017, the Center for Data Science will also launch a new PhD Program in Data Science.

Are You a Data Scientist?

Data scientists have stellar mathematical, computer science and analytical skills. Curiosity is also an essential characteristic of a data scientist. They approach the structured and unstructured data pouring in from sources such as sensors, the Web, smartphones and credit card readers, to name just a few, with an explorer’s desire to uncover what others might not see. They also excel in presenting complicated findings in order for experts and non-experts alike to make use of insights gleaned from data.

Data scientists work in a wide range of sectors: technology, healthcare, finance, management, government. They are also in high demand. A McKinsey Global Institute study, for instance, projects that by 2018 the United States will face a shortage of approximately 140,000 to 190,000 people with the skills of data scientists.

“We will see an increasingly large number of traditional disciplines spawning new sub-disciplines with the adjective ‘computation’ or ‘quantitative’ in front of them.” —NYU’s Data Science and Statistics Working Group

If this sounds like a field that intrigues you, we encourage you to learn more about our Master of Science in Data Science.

The Right University

New York University’s Data Science initiative aims to establish the country’s leading data science training and research facilities at NYU. The initiative aims to establish the country’s leading data science training and research facilities at NYU. Esteemed faculty members, scientists and scholars across NYU are involved in this significant endeavor. Many of them contributed to the breakthroughs in mathematics, statistics and computer science that made the data revolution possible.

The Perfect Data Science City

A particularly large number of companies in the Greater New York City area are driven by data science, including IBM, AT&T, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, EMC, Thompson-Reuters, Foursquare,, Etsy and Twitter. The city’s pharmaceutical, financial and insurance industries also rely on data science. This puts students in proximity with desirable organizations and to careers with leaders in the field after graduation. Additionally, these companies, along with city agencies awash in datasets, may be involved in research projects students will participate in during the program.