Turning data into knowledge

Data is everywhere. Continuously generated and collected across every domain, it is a vast and largely untapped resource of information with the potential to reveal insights about every aspect of our lives and the world we live in. However, the ability to uncover these insights is a highly specialized skill possessed by far too few.

UBC’s Master of Data Science program was designed to address this workforce gap by equipping students with the technical skills, practical experience, and most importantly, the confidence to seize opportunities in an ever-expanding field.

The program is offered at both the UBC Vancouver campus and the UBC Okanagan campus, with an additional Master of Data Science in Computational Linguistics offered at the Vancouver campus.

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“It's estimated that Canada will see a shortage of up to 19,000 professionals with data and analytical skills.”
- Canada's Big Data Consortium

Program Features


Accelerated Learning

10-month, accelerated format allows students to start their careers sooner

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Diverse Data Sets

Students gain practical experience using real data sets across a range of domains


Real-World Experience

Students have opportunities to learn outside the classroom, while working to find solutions to real-world problems.

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Meet Our Students & Alumni

Master of Data Science Vancouver Nabi profile

Mohammad Reza Nabizadeh (Nabi), MDS Vancouver, Class of 2023

“MDS is a transformative and comprehensive program that will equip you with a solid foundation in data science and the necessary skills to thrive in the industry. It is intense and requires dedication and commitment to the classes and labs.”

Master of Data Science Okanagan Lili Tang

Lili Tang, MDS Okanagan, Class of 2023

“The MDS program at UBC offers an accelerated 10-month curriculum that covers all stages of the data science value chain, providing me with a comprehensive skill set in a relatively short period of time. Moreover, the program's structure allows me to quickly return to the workforce after completing my studies.”

Meiyu Zheng, Master of Data Science in Computational Linguistics

Meiyu Zheng, MDS Computational Linguistics, Class of 2023

“This program stands out due to its unique blend of data science and NLP courses, serving as a quick refresher and bridges the knowledge gap for students like me who completed their bachelor's degrees years ago and are transitioning from non-STEM fields.”