The Online Master of Information and Data Science from UC Berkeley
Earn Your Master’s in Data Science Online
The Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program delivered online from the UC Berkeley School of Information (I School) prepares data science professionals to be leaders in the field. By blending a multidisciplinary curriculum, experienced faculty from top data-driven companies, an accomplished network of peers, and the flexibility of online learning, the WASC-accredited datascience@berkeley program brings UC Berkeley to students, wherever they are.
The core curriculum focuses on the following key skills:
Data Mining and Exploring
Information Ethics and Privacy
The MIDS curriculum features a wide range of courses that provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how data science can be used to inform decision-making in their organizations. Students will complete programming-focused courses, like the featured courses below, in concurrence with courses that focus on the ethical impact of data science and how to effectively communicate results.
Applied Machine Learning
Students will learn how to apply crucial machine learning techniques to solve problems, run evaluations and interpret results, and understand scaling up from thousands of data points to billions.
Behind the Data: Humans and Values
This course examines the legal, policy, and ethical issues that arise throughout the full life cycle of data science. Case studies will be used to explore these issues across various domains such as criminal justice, national security, health, marketing, politics, education, and employment.
Natural Language Processing with Deep Learning
This course is a broad introduction to linguistic phenomena and our attempts to analyze them with machine learning. We cover a wide range of concepts with a focus on practical applications such as information extraction, machine translation, sentiment analysis, and summarization.
MIDS students complete a capstone by executing a culminating project that integrates the core skills and concepts learned throughout the program. The capstone combines the technical, analytical, interpretive, and social dimensions required to design and execute a full data science project. Students learn integral skills that prepare them for long-term professional success in the field.
The online learning experience provides students with the opportunity to earn a UC Berkeley education from wherever they are. Students participate in face-to-face interactions and collaborative discussions with classmates and faculty.
Live Online Classes
Small weekly classes are capped at 18 students and taught online by I School faculty, who are leading industry practitioners and post-doctoral scholars. The online classroom features HD streaming video, bringing students and professors face-to-face in real time.
These video conference sessions feature a host of learning engagement tools such as document and video sharing, collaborative annotations, polling functionality, and small-group breakout sessions. All classroom functions work seamlessly on both desktop and mobile, and recorded sessions are available for review 24/7.
Immersive Course Work
Between their weekly live classes, MIDS students complete course work on their own time. Course work is designed to be immersive and dynamic, engaging students in materials that prepare them for classroom discussions with their peers and instructors.
Our faculty have worked with world-class course developers, creating an I School curriculum that is designed specifically for an online learning environment. This content includes dynamic videos, interactive case studies, self-paced recorded lectures, and collaborative activities that foster teamwork.
Classmates and faculty meet in person during a three- to four-day immersion on the UC Berkeley campus or in other locations relevant to data science. The immersion is designed to supplement online learnings with groundbreaking presentations and discussions surrounding the future of data science.
During the immersion, students have the opportunity to learn directly from industry leaders and network with top companies in the field. Students can also participate in career advancement workshops and gain invaluable advice directly related to their personal growth.
The I School virtual campus facilitates collaboration and leads to real connections. On the platform, students create profiles just as with any social networking tool, and the same level of networking and connection develops. Students can get to know one another outside of class, meet for study sessions, work on group projects, or even attend a virtual happy hour.
WeWork Global Access
All MIDS students receive a Global Access membership to the global community of hundreds of WeWork workspaces located in more than 20 countries. Students can utilize any WeWork workspace as a go-to study space, a resource while traveling, or a place to meet with classmates they connect with in their city. WeWork amenities include Wi-Fi, printing and copying, private rooms, refreshments, and on-site support.
Support begins the moment students request information about the program and continues beyond graduation. Our admissions team answers program-related questions, provides guided tours of the online classroom, and hosts informational webinars on topics like financial aid and application tips. Once students are enrolled, they are assigned a success adviser and continue to receive academic, tech, and career support.
Join a Community of Aspiring Data Science Leaders Online
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Become Part of Our Ambitious Student Community
Our master’s in data science online program attracts intelligent, creative data professionals who work for top companies in computer software, finance, and health care. Students learn alongside other professionals located all over the world who are balancing their course work with demanding careers and personal commitments.
“UC Berkeley offers incredible class diversity: Throughout the MIDS program, I worked with — and learned from — students located all over the world. My classmates also worked in fields vastly different from my own, which allowed me to gain perspective into areas well outside of my comfort and expertise.”
– Sombiri Enwemeka, engineering contractor, Long Beach, CA
Learn about the I School Advantage
MIDS takes a comprehensive approach to data analysis. While other information and data degree programs are adapting to the emergence of big data, the MIDS program is designed from the ground up to focus on the latest tools and approaches to working with data.
As a result, the MIDS program differs from other analytic degree programs through its:
Focus on working with complex, unstructured, user-generated data sets (i.e., big, messy data)
Comprehensive, multidisciplinary curriculum drawn from the social sciences, computer science, statistics, management, and law
Coherent integration of the full life cycle of data — from identifying the right questions to retrieving, cleaning, and modeling the data and communicating results
Emphasis on the legal and ethical implications of data privacy and security
Choose a Program That Transforms Students into Data Science Leaders
Earn a master’s in data science online from UC Berkeley.
UC Berkeley’s MIDS program attracts the best and brightest data science instructors and students across the world. Through the interactive online platform and in-person experiences, students are presented with many opportunities to develop close relationships with faculty, classmates, and I School alumni.
Our experienced faculty work with data at some of the world’s most forward-thinking companies. Faculty are committed to remaining accessible and advising students on how to achieve their career goals.
During the program, MIDS students collaborate with classmates who come from diverse professional backgrounds and learn from many unique perspectives on the world of data. While enrolled and long after graduation, students have access to the renowned UC Berkeley global alumni network of talented data professionals.
Personalized Career Support Services
Our career services team helps MIDS students apply what they have learned and maximize the value of their degree outside of the classroom. We provide one-on-one coaching to help students tailor their strategy at every step, including:
Forming career plans that help students reach their goals
Researching organizations that fit their vision
Developing plans to advance in their role at their current organization
Networking in their chosen field
Preparing for interviews
Conducting interview postmortems
Navigating the offer stage and negotiation process
Career Connections in the Field
MIDS students join a community of faculty, students, and alumni united by the drive to improve how we use and share information with the world. The MIDS program offers both in-person and online opportunities for students to explore possible career paths within this diverse industry and connect with industry leaders and employers. The I School job portal and customized resume books are just a few of the tools used to directly connect students with engaging career opportunities.
MIDS graduates are working around the world to solve social, economic, and health problems and applying their skills at top companies such as Airbnb, Amazon, BCG, and Fitbit.
Graduates employed at these companies excel in roles such as:
Business Data Analyst
MIDS for Life
In a dynamic field such as data science, it is crucial for professionals to continue developing their skills throughout their careers. MIDS for Life keeps MIDS alumni connected to leading data science practices via world-class datascience@berkeley course content.
MIDS for Life offers alumni lifelong access to the I School Virtual Campus, where students can retrieve all previously completed MIDS course work and recorded class sessions. Alumni may also view the most up-to-date asynchronous course content, including content for newly released courses, at no charge.
"Visiting Uber was an amazing experience. After a 40-minute presentation, we spent over an hour asking questions to Kevin Novak (leader of the data science division) on everything from data science at Uber, to data science at small startups, to the evolving place of data science in the world."
“I rely heavily on the knowledge and confidence that I gained from the MIDS curriculum as I approach open-ended data science problems. My professors at UC Berkeley provided me with a strong basis in structured problem-solving and critical thinking as a data scientist.”
The map displays countries of residence for students enrolled in the MIDS program for the 2018-2019 academic year, including: Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, and Virgin Islands.
There are three program start dates throughout the year, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The next final application deadline is May 28.