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 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).


Can I take elective courses?

There are no electives for students admitted to Fall 2018.  However, students admitted to Fall 2019 can take 2 electives. All electives must be offered by the MSDA program. For the time being, MSDA program offers two electives – INFO 208 (Big Data Technologies) and CMPE 256 (Large Scale Analytics).