Helping AI Recognize Intent

    Student Capstone Project

    Students from UBC’s Master of Data Science program worked with banking software company, Finn Ai, to pinpoint areas for improvement in the way their conversational assistants understand and respond to customer needs.


    Bringing Clarity to Transit Congestion

    Student Capstone Project

    Working with Coast Mountain Bus Company, students from UBC’s Master of Data Science program designed a forecasting tool using bus route data to create more accurate schedules for TransLink’s largest operating company.


    Understanding the Gender Wage Gap

    Data analysis of over 160,000 employees from 31 companies revealed a key piece of information that could be used to help companies and policy makers close the gender wage gap.


    Informing Disaster Relief

    In response to natural disasters, data scientists are applying machine learning algorithms to Twitter feeds in real time to help relief teams efficiently map disasters and classify the types and severity of damage incurred.

Applications for September 2020 open November 8, 2019.
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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 with Computational Linguistics specialization being introduced 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

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 Alumni

Vaghul Balaji, MDS Okanagan – 2019

Vaghul Balaji, Data Scientist at HSBC

"When I was looking for a program to take my career to the next level, I found the program at UBC and it ticked all of my boxes – it’s accelerated, it’s in a field that I really like, and gives me the skills that I need for the current trend in the market; it satisfied everything I was looking for."

Kai He, MDS Class of 2017

Kai He, Data Scientist at BGC Engineering

"My capstone project involved Natural Language Processing using topic modelling tools, where I learned about not only model and feature selection, but also collaboration, exploratory data analysis process, and much more."

Nada Salem, MDS Class of 2017

Nada Salem, Data Scientist at Microsoft

"My goal is to empower management to make better and more informed data driven decisions for the organization."


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