What is the program of study for the new 2020-21 catalog?

The curriculum of the MSDA program has been updated in the sjsu.edu/msda catalog. The Department of Applied Data Science will offer courses only with DATA prefix starting fall 2020. For normal situation, each full-time student who has satisfied the admission conditions should follow the following programs of study path according to the admitted semester.

Fall 2019                       Spring 2020                     Fall 2020*  

Semester 1  
DATA 220                        DATA 220                        DATA 220
BUS 243                         BUS 243                          DATA 225
INFO 218                        INFO 208                         DATA 228

Semester 2
INFO 215                        DATA 230                         DATA 230
CMPE 257                      DATA 245                         DATA 245
DATA 294                        DATA 294                         DATA 294

Semester 3    
DATA 240                        DATA 240                         DATA 240
DATA 255**                      DATA 255**                      DATA 255**
DATA 298A or 299A         DATA 298A or 299A        DATA 298A or 299A

Semester 4  
DATA 298B or 299B        DATA 298B or 299B         DATA 298B or 299B

*due to COVID-19, the course offerings of semesters 3 and 4 will be updated for students admitted in Fall 2020.

**or DATA 250 if there is a sufficient demand.


What are the differences of tuition and fees between regular- and special-session classes?

According to Bursar Office, following table is for a graduate student taking classes in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020. This table includes both Resident and Non-resident students. Tuition and fees for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 are subject to change.

Resident               Regular Session                                 Special Session

Units     Tuition     Fees    Others   Total           Tuition     Fees     Others   Total

1            $2,080   $1,055      $0       $3,137             $750       $0          $0         $750

3            $2,080   $1,055      $0       $3,137          $2,250       $0          $0      $2,250

6            $2,080   $1,055      $0       $3,137          $4,500       $0          $0      $4,500

9            $3,588   $1,055      $0       $4,643          $6,750       $0          $0      $6,750

12          $3,588   $1,055      $0       $4,643          $9.000       $0          $0      $9.000


Non-resident        Regular Session                                 Special Session

Units     Tuition     Fees    Others    Total          Tuition     Fees     Others   Total

1            $2,082   $1,055      $396   $3,533             $750       $0          $0         $750

3            $2,082   $1,055   $1,188   $4,325          $2,250       $0          $0      $2,250

6            $2,082   $1,055   $2,376   $5,513          $4,500       $0          $0      $4,500

9            $3,588   $1,055   $3,564   $8,207          $6,750       $0          $0      $6,750

12          $3,588   $1,055   $4,752   $9,395          $9.000       $0          $0      $9.000

If I am denied by the Regular Session, can I transfer my application to the Special Session?

An applicant who is denied by one session due to limited space may have the opportunity to transfer his/her application to the other session if the other session has not reached its admission capacity. The MSDA Office will notify such applicants about the opportunity to transfer their applications to the other session. After the MSDA Office receives the transfer request from a denied applicant due to limited space, his/her application will be evaluated again. There is no guarantee that a transfer-applicant will be admitted to the new session. No additional cost will be charged to an applicant to transfer denied application with the approval of the MSDA Office. Each session will admit the most qualified applicants until it reaches its full capacity. There is no predetermined admission advantage of switching sessions.

What are the differences between Regular Session and Special Session?

The MS in Data Analytics program is offered through two different sessions: Regular Session and Special Session.

Regular Session is state-supported and state-subsidized. The cap on the number of Regular Session students who are accepted to the program each semester is related to the amount of money received from the state. In addition to the state tuition fees (based on the number of enrolled units), non-California resident surcharge fees (currently $396 per unit) might be applicable. Regular Session students pay campus mandatory fees and are eligible to take advantage of San José State University student services, such as Santa Clara County transit services, student body organizations, student health care, and recreational facilities. Enrollment in Regular Session affords California residents other financial support options such as CSU or CalVet fee waiver.

Special Session is completely funded from student tuition, and it does not receive any financial support from the State of California. Special Session tuition is assessed as a per unit fee (currently $750 per unit). Students can opt to pay the same student fees as Regular Session students if they wish to access student services, such as Santa Clara County transit services, student body organizations, health care, and recreational facilities.

Regular Session and Special Session students must meet the same graduation requirements (e.g., same required courses, same number of elective units, same total number of units to graduate), and they will receive the exact same diploma when they graduate.

If you need assistance in deciding between the two sessions, please contact ms-data-analytics@sjsu.edu.

What should be my computer configuration for taking classes?

Due to the unique nature of the MSDA curriculum, each student should be able to access a laptop computer with the minimum configuration of

CPU: Core i7 (preferred) or Core i5
RAM: 16G Bytes
Storage: SSD 256G Bytes (highly recommended)
Screen size: 15” or above

This computer will enable you to download the necessary environments, tools, applications, and course materials to engage in classroom exercises, in-class quizzes, midterm and final exams, as well as class and master projects.

What are the Python Programming Test and DATA 200?

DATA 200, Computational Programming for Data Analytics, is a remedial course in addition to the 10 required courses of the MSDA degree. As a remedial course, DATA 200 does not count towards earning your degree. The tuition cost of DATA 200 is $2,250 for Special Session students, and the cost will vary for Regular Session students based on the number of units they are taking and their residency status.

The admission status of all students admitted to the Fall 2020 semester is “Conditionally Classified”. Each student is required to pass the Python Programming Test (waiver exam) in the first week of the admitted semester or the DATA 200 class during the same semester. Students may choose to skip the Python test if they already know they want to enroll in DATA 200.

Due to COVID-19, the test will be conducted online for Fall 2020 only. In order to ensure each student has an opportunity to take the test, the test will be conducted during the first two weeks of August 2020.

The scope of this test includes Python language, data structures and algorithms. The test consists of multiple choices, short questions, and/or coding exercises.

The status of a student who has passed the Python Programming Test or the DATA 200 class will be changed from “Conditionally Classified” to “Classified” at the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

How can I make an appointment for an advising session?

M.S. in Data Analytics advising sessions are for prospective, newly admitted, and current students. When the university’s main campus is open, advising sessions are normally on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the afternoon.

Please email ms-data-analytics@sjsu.edu to make a one-on-one appointment with a graduate advisor. Advising sessions can only accommodate one student at a time. You will receive a confirmation email when your appointment has been confirmed. Please note that we will not accept any admissions documents during the advising appointment.

Before attending an advising session, please review the latest information posted on the program website at www.sjsu.edu/msda. After reviewing the website information, you can email questions which are not covered on the program website to ms-data-analytics@sjsu.edu or ask questions during the advising sessions.

Please arrive on time and come prepared with questions that are not covered on the program website. Please contact the department as soon as possible if you need to cancel your appointment. Please check-in at the front desk of the College of Professional and Global Education, Student Union West.