Master of Science in in Data Science and Engineering


Join this respected graduate Engineering program at North Carolina A&T State University — America's largest public HBCU, the country's top producer of African American engineers and the leader in percentage of engineering master’s degrees awarded to women. This interdisciplinary program is committed to fostering computing-enabled research and to preparing students to work effectively in innovative environments. Students have access to state-of-the art computing and visualization laboratories, including a Cray supercomputer and a Mechdyne 20-foot 3D immersive visualization system, and can conduct research with faculty across campus in such areas as:

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational statistics
  • E-commerce
  • Image and video processing
  • Intelligent transportation and infrastructure systems
  • Internet of Things
  • Remote sensing
  • Scalable algorithms
  • Virtual and augmented reality
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  • Credits required: 30
  • Time to completion: 2-3 semesters if full-time
  • Tuition: $233/credit hour (in-state); $860/credit hour (out-of-state)

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Information required for businesses, consumers and everyday life has grown exponentially in recent years, requiring new analysis methods and programming languages to deal with this “big data.” As a student and a graduate, you will join the big data revolution through research computing to solve real-world problems in engineering, e-commerce, economics and other fields. You’ll have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge development platforms, equipment and software that are currently being used by industry, and position yourself for a rewarding, advanced career. An advanced degree will allow you to expand your knowledge, stay up-to-date with trends and technology, be more competitive in the job market, and increase your earning potential. According to data from PayScale, the average starting salary of graduates with an M.S. in Data Science and Engineering is 20% higher than that of graduates with a B.S. in the same field.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects data scientist and mathematical science occupations to grow 31% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the overall job average of 4%, with 10,300 new jobs created. 


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An approved Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. A working knowledge of statistics, matrices or linear algebra and experience in programming are desirable.

Find out more about graduate admissions and apply today.

The program requires 30 hours (10 courses), with project and course-only options. The four required courses (12 credits) are:

  • CSE 620: Introduction to Computational Software Tools
  • CSE 704: Data Processing and Visualization
  • CSE 708: Data Analytics and Engineering Applications
  • CSE 817: Fundamentals of Big Data Analysis 

Explore the curriculum guide and course descriptions.

North Carolina A&T has established a number of financial support opportunities for outstanding graduate students in order to enhance research and graduate education. These include fellowships, scholarships, assistantships and out-of-state tuition supplements. Students who are pursuing the thesis option will receive tuition support and a monthly stipend.

Graduate Coordinator: Balakrishna Gokaraju,, 336-285-3210

Department Chair: Dr. Marwan Bikdash,, 336-285-3249

Application Deadlines

  • Fall admission: Feb. 1
  • Spring admission: Sept. 1



  • Fall admission: June 1
  • Spring admission: Oct. 1


  • Fall admission: July 1
  • Spring admission: Nov. 1


Graduates of the Department of Computational Data Science and Engineering have been hired by employers including Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, General Motors, DXC Technology, N.C. A&T State University, Bennett College and St. Clair College.


The Industrial Advisory Board of the Department of Computational Data Science and Engineering includes members like AMD, Cisco, Dell, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, SAS, Whole Foods and Yelp.

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Graduates are in demand in such fields as data science and analytics, computer engineering, and system modeling and visualization. Careers include:

  • Computer and Information Research Scientist
  • Data Architect
  • Database Administrator
  • Database Analyst
  • Database Developer
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Information Systems Security Officer
  • Management Information Systems Director (MIS Director)
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Security Engineer
  • System Administrator
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Job data and information are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI and O*NET OnLine.