A new student must take at least one class during the first semester in order to keep his/her student status. An F-1 student must take 9-unit classes each, except the last, semester to keep the visa status.
Due to the course prerequisites, it is not practical to complete the MSDA program in less than 4 semesters. Please refer to the FAQ about Program of Study.
A student can take 2 electives. All electives must be offered by the MSDA program. For the time being, MSDA program offers two electives – DATA 228 (Big Data Technologies and Applications) and CMPE 255 (Deep Learning Technologies).