TRU Science

MSc Data Science

The amount of data in our world has exploded. And with it, so has demand for trained scientists and analysts able to make data-driven decisions.

Data scientists use mathematical, computational, statistical and algorithmic techniques to solve analytically complex data problems. In our Master of Science in Data Science (MScDS), you will engage in research and hands-on applications of data science in the classroom and through industrial projects, using cutting-edge techniques and algorithms. You will work on models of practical, existing problems to prepare you for situations you may encounter on the job and in the world.

The potential of big data comes with challenges and opportunities, as described by Canada's Big Data Consortium in the report Closing Canada's Big Data Talent Gap:

Bold promises have been made for Big Data and Analytics (i.e., data science): exceptional customer insights; better decision-making; improved productivity and performance; and product and service innovation. But the promise of Big Data and Analytics faces a key constraint: a talent gap that is felt across all of Canada’s regions, sectors, and industries.

Our program builds upon the existing strengths of TRU’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Computing Science, and the Centre for Optimization and Decision Science at TRU, as well as the collaboration with other departments across campus and industry.

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Upon completion of the program you will be able to:

  • Use data investigation tools, including data cleaning, sampling, management and exploratory analysis.
  • Use data exploratory methods to visualize high-dimensional data to identify trends and patterns in data sets.
  • Implement foundational concepts of data computation: data structure, algorithms, simulation, and analysis.
  • Integrate the techniques from mathematical modelling, optimization, machine learning, data mining and applied statistics to model big data sets to a workable frame for further data investigation.
  • Apply advanced data analytical methods and algorithms to large data sets to extract meaningful insights.
  • Design an analytic strategy to model a potential issue and find a knowledgebased solution for real-world challenges using public and private data sources.
  • Communicate results of data analysis effectively (visually and verbally) to a broad audience.