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

The curriculum of the MSDA program is posted in the sjsu.edu/msda catalog.  In general, each full-time student who has satisfied the admission condition(s) should follow the following program of study.

Semester 1  
DATA 220 Mathematical Methods for Data Analytics
DATA 225 Database Systems for Analytics
DATA 228 Big Data Technologies and Applications

Semester 2
DATA 230 Data Visualization
DATA 245 Machine Learning Technologies
DATA 294 Data Analytics Seminar

Semester 3    
DATA 240 Data Mining and Analytics
DATA 255 Deep Learning Technologies*
DATA 298A or 299A MSDA Project I or MSDA Thesis I

Semester 4  
DATA 298B or 299B MSDA Project II or MSDA Thesis II

*or DATA 250 Large Scale Data Analytics 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 2020 and Spring 2021. This table includes both Resident and Non-resident students. Tuition and fees for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 are subject to change.

Resident               Regular Session                                 Special Session

Units     Tuition     Fees    Others   Total           Tuition     Fees     Others   Total

1            $2,082   $1,055      $0       $3,137             $750       $0          $0         $750

3            $2,082   $1,055      $0       $3,137          $2,250       $0          $0      $2,250

6            $2,082   $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.

Each conditionally admitted student is required to pass the Python Programming Test (Waiver Test) before the admitted semester or the DATA 200 class during the same semester. Conditionally admitted students may choose to skip the waiver test if they already know they want to enroll in DATA 200.

Due to COVID-19, the test will be conducted online for Spring 2021 only. In order to ensure each student has an opportunity to take the Waiver Test, the Waiver Test will be conducted before the second week of Spring 2021 semester. The department ensures each student failed the Waiver Test will receive a permission number to enroll in DATA 200 in Spring 2021. The exact time/date of the Waiver Test will be announced in early January.

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 Waiver Test or the DATA 200 class will be changed from “Conditionally Classified” to “Classified” at the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

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.