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Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL:
Is the MS in Data Science a new program?  
Is it different than the MS in Analytics?
When should I apply?
How do I select either San Francisco or Sacramento?
Is this a full-time program?
Where is the program based?
What are the admission requirements?
Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT? 
What transcripts are required?
Length and schedule of program?
What is hybrid delivery?
What is a Capstone project? 
What is the cost of the program? 
What are the job prospects in this field? 
When is the priority deadline? 
When do classes start?

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS:
Do you admit international students?

BUSINESSES:
I'm a business owner, how do I sponsor an employee(s)?
How do I sponsor a Capstone project? 
I'm an executive, how do I apply to the Executive Workshop?

SOCIAL MEDIA:
How do I stay up-to-date?

GENERAL:

Is the MS in Data Science a new program?  Is it different than the MS in Analytics?
The MS in Analytics has been renamed the MS in Data Science. The curriculum content, program length, and total units required are the same as in the MS in Analytics. All new cohorts will be for the MS in Data Science.

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When should I apply?
The MS in Data Science program will accept students on a rolling admission basis. We recommend you start your application immediately rather than wait until you have all of your papers in hand (transcripts, etc.) as this registers your application into the priority applications list. Application review and decisions will be made once the application is complete.

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How do I select either San Francisco or Sacramento?
You will be able to select the city whose cohort you are interested in joining on the application.  When filling out the application, be sure to select 'Fall' only if you wish to apply to the San Francisco program, and 'Spring' only if you wish to apply to the Sacramento program.

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Is this a full-time program? 
Yes, this is a full-time graduate-level program.  

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Where is the program based?
Our program is based in two locations:

  1. University of the Pacific's San Francisco campus, located in the SOMA (South of Market) neighborhood.
  2. University of the Pacific's Sacramento campus, located in the new up and coming Oak Park District. 

The curriculum is the same for both San Francisco and Sacramento programs. San Francisco begins classes in the Fall and Sacramento classes begin in the Spring.  

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What are the admission requirements? 
+ An undergraduate degree
+ Transcripts
+ Three letters of recommendation
+Ÿ A resume
+ Statement of interest  

Additionally, successful candidates will have a basic foundation in linear algebra, statistics and computer programming.  Students must have access to a computer along with sufficient internet access to view and/or take part in video sessions, and be able to be physically in class during scheduled in-classroom meetings.  In addition to the academic submissions, applicants are also required to complete a statement of interest

The purpose of this statement is to allow applicants to demonstrate their motivation, skills, and abilities that will contribute to their academic success in our program.  While there is no specific format required for this statement, applicants are advised to give particular consideration to:
+ Academic credentials
+ Experience in the foundational concepts of:
+ Statistics
+ Linear Algebra
+ Computer programming (any language, but Python and R are preferred)
+ Commitment and personal stamina to undertake fast paced, intensive academic program
+ Enthusiasm for this particular course of study.    

All students will be invited to take a short introductory test. This will give you a brief insight into some of the material we will be covering, and help us understand the knowledge level of the cohort.

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Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT?
Neither the GRE nor the GMAT is required for admission to this program.

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What transcripts are required?  
An official set of transcripts from each institution attended is required as part of the application.  For more information, please visit PACIFIC'S TRANSCRIPT PAGE  

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Length and schedule of program?

Students must complete 32 units for degree conferral. The program consists of 4 semesters spread over 2 academic years.
Pending upon University approval

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What is hybrid delivery?  
Hybrid delivery means that courses will have components that require students to be physically present in the classroom, and components that will require students to complete and participate in online class assignments and activities, such as live conferencing with their instructors.  

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What is a Capstone project?  
The Capstone project occurs during the last semester and enables students to engage in a real-world data science problem, while working with one of Pacific's industry partners.  Students will be divided into teams and will have the opportunity to put into practice all that they have learned throughout the program, gaining hands-on experience on a real-world data science project.   Because a sponsoring company will host the Capstone project, students should anticipate that they might be required to be present on that company's premises for an average of 1 day per week during normal business hours.

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What is the cost of the program?  
The cost of the program for the 2016-2017 academic year is $1,455/unit.  

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What are the job prospects in this field?  
Recent studies by the McKinsey Global Institute and MIT Sloan Management Review have found that the demand for data scientists is currently exceeding the supply and that this trend is expected to continue.  With ever-greater quantities of data at a company or government's disposal, individuals with knowledge and skills in data analytics will be increasingly in demand.  This shortage of talent has also resulted in data scientists being one of the highest paid professionals in the tech industry.  Please see our CAREER PATHS page for a sample of potential careers in the data science field.  

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When is the priority deadline?  
+  For students applying for admission for San Francisco in Fall 2017, please complete your application by May 1, 2017 to ensure adequate time for a decision before classes start in August.  The program may accept applications after this date - please contact the program.
+  For students applying for admission for Sacramento in Spring 2018, the priority deadline is October 1, 2017. Please complete your application by November 1, 2017 to ensure adequate time for a decision before classes start in January.  The program may accept applications after this date - please contact the program.

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When do classes start?  
Classes for San Francisco in Fall 2017 begin August 2017.
Classes for Sacramento in Spring 2018 begin January 2018.

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INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS:

Do you admit international students?

Yes.  Please contact the Office of International Programs and Services for visa-related questions.

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BUSINESSES:

I'm a business owner, how do I sponsor an employee(s)?
In order to comply with U.S. privacy laws, the University of the Pacific is required to work directly with the student in terms of fee payments.  Corporations wishing to sponsor their employees to attend the program should do so by following their own internal processes in terms of course cost reimbursement to their employees.  If you have further questions, please contact Rick Hutley, the program director, at: rhutley@pacific.edu.  

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How do I sponsor a Capstone project?  
If you are interested in sponsoring a Capstone project, please contact Rick Hutley, the program director, at: rhutley@pacific.edu.  

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I'm an executive, how do I apply to the Executive Workshop?  
The Executive Workshop is being administered through Pacific's Center for Professional and Continuing Education.  Application details will be published shortly.  In the meantime, if you are interested in this program, please contact Rick Hutley, the program director, at: rhutley@pacific.edu.  

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SOCIAL MEDIA:

How do I stay up-to-date?  
To stay up-to-date with the latest news about our program and faculty, please check:  
Our website at: pacific.edu/analytics
Or Our Facebook page at: facebook.com/pacificsfanalytics

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