The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sample M.S. Degree Completion Plan

Regular availability of DACSS core and technical courses - and the wide range of available DACSS substantive courses - allows you to pursue a degree on a flexible schedule. The in-person degree can be finished by a full-time student in as little as one year on a fast track plan with the last 3 months (mid-May through mid-August) compatible with full-time work, while an online student might take 3 to 4 years to complete the degree taking at least two classes each year.

Some of the possible course plans for degree completion are illustrated below. We strongly encourage students without a PhD-level fluency in a particular research literature take a substantive elective alongside the core Research Design course. 

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Fast Track
One Year

(Full-time)

Standard
(Full-time)
Extended
(Full-time)
Part-time
(Online)
Summer I
  • Intro Data Science
  • (optional internship)
  • Intro Data Science
  • (optional internship)
  • Intro Data Science
  • (optional internship)
  • Intro Data Science
Fall I
  • Research Design
  • Intro Quant Analysis
  • Substantive I
  • Technical I
  • Research Design
  • Intro Quant Analysis
  • Substantive I
  • Research Design
  • Substantive I
  • Research Design
  • Substantive I
    (recommended)
Spring I
  • Technical II
  • Technical III
  • Sub/Tech II
  • Sub/Tech III
  • Technical I
  • Technical II
  • Sub/Tech II
  • Intro Quant Analysis
  • Technical I
  • Intro Quant Analysis
Summer II
  • Data Storytelling
  • (optional internship)
  • Data Storytelling
  • (optional research or internship)
  • Data Storytelling
  • (optional research or Internship)
  • Technical I
Fall II 
  • Technical III
  • Sub/Tech III
  • Technical II
  • Sub/Tech II
  • Sub/Tech II
Spring II  
  • Technical III
  • Sub/Tech III
  • Technical II
Summer III   
  • Data Storytelling
Additional
Terms
   
  • Technical III
  • Sub/Tech III

NOTE: Research and internship opportunities may be paid or may be unpaid, and are not guaranteed to be provided by the DACSS program.