The Online Master of Information and Data Science from UC Berkeley
Earn Your Master’s in Data Science Online
The UC Berkeley School of Information’s (I School) Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) online program prepares data science professionals to be leaders in the field. By blending a multidisciplinary curriculum, experienced faculty, an accomplished network of peers, and the flexibility of online learning, the WASC-accredited datascience@berkeley program brings UC Berkeley to you, wherever you are.
Complete a Rigorous, Skills-Driven Curriculum
The multidisciplinary MIDS curriculum draws upon social sciences, computer science, statistics, management, and law. Students use the latest tools and analytical methods to work with data at scale, derive insights from complex and unstructured data, and solve real-world problems.
The 27-unit, online program is designed for the working professional’s schedule and can be completed on one of three paths: full time, accelerated, or part time.
The core curriculum focuses on the following key skills:
Data Mining and Exploring
Information Ethics and Privacy
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.
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.
Graduates of the MIDS program learn the necessary skills to become leaders in the data science field. Upon completing the program, you will be able to analyze problems and ask results-driven questions, apply the latest statistical and computational methods, and use advanced machine learning techniques. Graduates of our online data science program stand out for their ability to effectively communicate findings while understanding the ethical and legal requirements of the complicated data privacy and security landscape.
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 excel in roles such as:
Business Data Analyst
“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.” ”
– Erin Boehmer, data scientist at Fenix International
In a survey of recent MIDS graduates:
30 percent of recent graduates reported receiving a promotion.
58 percent of recent graduates reported getting a new job.
72 percent of recent graduates reported receiving a salary increase.
Experience UC Berkeley, No Matter Where You Are
MIDS students attend classes and complete coursework online, so the program can be completed from anywhere in the world. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, the UC Berkeley School of Information (I School) is at the forefront of data science innovation, and datascience@berkeley students gain connections to our vibrant network.
The online learning experience blends live, online classes taught by I School faculty, with asynchronous coursework to spark class discussion. Students also participate in an immersion on the UC Berkeley campus where they meet their classmates and instructors in person. As a UC Berkeley I School student, you will receive personalized support from the beginning of the admissions process until after you graduate. Career resources are available for personalized coaching, job searching tools, and industry connections.
The MIDS program attracts intelligent, creative data professionals who work for top companies in computer software, finance, and health care. As a datascience@berkeley student, you will learn alongside these professionals, who are balancing their coursework 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
As a Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) student, the immersion is your opportunity to meet faculty and peers in person on the UC Berkeley campus. You will have the opportunity to gain on-the-ground perspectives from instructors and industry leaders, meet with data science professionals, and soak up more of the School of Information (I School) culture. Offered twice a year, each three- to four-day immersion is crafted to deliver additional learning, networking, and community-building opportunities.
There are three program start dates throughout the year, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The next final application deadline is October 9.