Bringing Understanding to the COVID-19 Outbreak in Ontario

    Student Capstone Project

    In partnership with Statistics Canada, students of UBC’s Master of Data Science Okanagan program used clustering methods, principal component analysis and principal component regression to provide greater insight into the spread of COVID-19 among of long-term care homes. The project showcased how leveraging various open data sources can produce comprehensive and meaningful results.


    Modeling the Physical Performance of the Vancouver Whitecaps

    Student Capstone Project

    Working with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver’s professional Major League Soccer team, a group of UBC MDS Vancouver students analyzed players physical performance to build a model for player fatigue and fitness.  The students developed a data pipeline which can help the Whitecaps analyze and understand training loads for each session and closely examine the players' physical outputs during training sessions and matches.


    Mineral Occurrence Text Extractor

    Student Capstone Project

    Students from UBC’s MDS in Computational Linguistics partnered with Minerva Intelligence, an AI company that provides knowledge in earth science domains like mining and natural hazards, to extract information from MINFILE, a British Colombia Government mineral occurrences database.  The team developed a way to extract details from these reports in order to help Minerva’s knowledge base and make their AI system more robust.

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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

10 month

Accelerated Learning

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

diverse data set

Diverse Data Sets

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

real world experience

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

Reiko Okamoto

Reiko Okamoto, Senior Data Analyst at BC Ministry of Health

“The MDS program concisely covers a broad range of topics in data science [and] I appreciated how the capstone project guaranteed industry experience.”

Kaitlyn Hobbs

Kaitlyn Hobbs, Data Scientist at Statistics Canada

“UBC MDS Okanagan offers intimate class sizes and specialized professors that motivate participation, networking, and rapid skill development.”

Ravi Gill, MDS Computational Linguistics – Class of 2020

Ravi Gill, Validation Engineer at Intel Corporation

“The program exposed us to most of the big topics in computational linguistics such as sentiment analysis, text classification, or machine translation…I believe many companies would be ecstatic to find talent fresh out of university with these skills.”


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