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 is 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. Just like the degree-required courses, the tuition cost of DATA 200 is $2,250.

The status of all students admitted to spring 2020 semester is “Conditionally Classified”. Each student is required to pass the Python Programming Test (waiver exam) in the first week of spring 2020 or the DATA 200 class in spring 2020. 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”.

The scope of this test includes Python language, data structures and algorithms. The test consists of multiple choices, short questions, and coding exercises. The test will be conducted from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on January 25, 2020 (Saturday).

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. Please email ms-data-analytics@sjsu.edu to make a one-on-one 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 check-in at the front desk of the College of Professional and Global Education, Student Union West.

Pleaser refer to http://www.sjsu.edu/pdp/programs/msda/advising/index.html?


Who teaches the MSDA courses?

SJSU professors and industry experts teach the MSDA courses.  Professors are recruited from current instructor pools from five of SJSU’s colleges: the College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Professional and Global Education, the College of Health and Human Sciences, and the College of Science.


What course content is covered in DATA 294 (Data Analytics Seminar)?

MSDA students take this course during their second semester at SJSU.  Silicon Valley domain experts and industry leaders are invited to the class to present their case studies and potential industry project topics for students. Students conduct independent research in applying data analytics to specific domains. Student also write effective technical reports and present results about emerging technologies in the area of data analytics in order to satisfy Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).


What academic background do current MSDA students have?

The current 136 MSDA students have earned their B.S., M.S., and/or Ph.D. degrees in business, engineering as well as computer, natural, health, social and human sciences from Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Cornell, Georgia Tech, Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Michigan State, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Washington, California State University (East Bay, San Bernardino, San Jose), University of California (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Babara), Indian Institute of Technology, National Taiwan University, State University of Campinas (Brazil), Tsinghua University (China), University of British Columbia, as well as other U.S. and international universities.