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

Rafael Pilliard Hellwig

Rafael Pillard Hellwig, Data Scientist at Action Against Hunger

"Coming from a non-STEM background, one of the things that drew me to the MDS is that it has a broad and diverse mission statement for recruitment. This program is known for being diverse, and I continually gain insights from the experiences that my peers bring to the table."

Rain Shen

Rain Shen, Data Scientist at Axine Water Technologies

“The accelerated 10-month learning period will equip you well to get started in a career in data science.”

Darya Shyroka - MDS Computational Linguistics

Darya Shyroka, Language Engineer at Amazon

“If you are like me and have a passion for languages and an analytical mind, and want to combine those skills to do something really interesting and impactful, then this program is for you.”