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Data Science is the newest degree program offered by the Faculty of Science. The program addresses the growing demand for skilled data scientists who can help support both local and global industries in transforming data into useful knowledge for optimal decision-making.
See UM Today article for details.
Open the door with high-demand careers
There is an abundance of positions in a variety of industries. For four years in a row, data scientist has been named the number one job in the U.S. by Glassdoor. What’s more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for data science skills will drive a 27.9 percent rise in employment in the field through 2026.
The Faculty of Science offers a four-year program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Data Science.
Bachelor of Science (Major)
Expected duration: 4 years, approximately (120 credit hours) of study with a minimum degree GPA of 2.00. To enter a Major program, you need to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours with specific course and grade requirements.
The Faculty of Science Major program provides students with extensive study in their chosen field while allowing for educational breadth through other subjects of interest. The Major program offers flexibility and opportunities to select electives from other disciplines at the University of Manitoba. This flexibility means that the Major program doesn’t provide the same level of professional training as the Honours program.
Students in a Major program are eligible to apply for Co-op, which provides exposure to the industry and valuable work experience. Students normally enter the program after second year including designated courses and grades.
To earn a Bachelor of Science Major degree a student must successfully complete 120 credit hours or more of study with minimum grades on all courses as specified in the Academic Calendar and a minimum degree GPA of 2.00. You can complete this program on a full-time or part-time basis.
Once you are eligible and fulfill the entrance requirements for the program, please complete the appropriate form on the Academic Advising page.
Sample course offerings
Here are some examples of the courses offered for this program:
- COMP 2140: Data Structures and Algorithm
- DATA 2010: Tools and Techniques for Data Science
- DATA 3010: Data Science with Real World Data Sets
- MATH 1220: Linear Algebra
- STAT 2150: Statistics and Computing
For a full list of courses and descriptions of each, please visit the Academic Calendar.
Earn while you learn — Co-operative Education
The Faculty of Science Co-operative Education program is an excellent way for students to enhance their classroom learning with on-the-job experience. Available in most Major and Honours programs, Co-operative education is a form of experiential learning that integrates academic education with relevant, supervised and paid work experience. Co-op students gain valuable skills to guide them through their academic education and prepare them for future careers after graduation. Students who enrol in the Co-operative Education program will complete their four-year (approx.) Major or Honours degree in five years (approx.), allowing them to complete three or four work terms. Each work term is completed within a four-month period beginning in January, May or September.
Learn more about the Science Co-operative Education program.
To declare the BSc Major in Data Science you first must be accepted into the Faculty of Science. The following are the minimum requirements for entry into the Faculty of Science.
Direct entry means you are applying to the program directly out of high school or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college.
Missing some requirements? Students who do not meet the direct entry admission requirements may apply to University 1 to prepare for entry into the Faculty of Science. You may be able to declare your specific Major when you transit or you can transit to the General degree. University 1 students who qualify may transit to the Faculty of Science using Aurora Student. See the Academic Calendar for entry requirements specific to this program.
Advanced entry Applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.
Note: When you apply to the Faculty of Science as a Direct or Advanced entry student, you do not select your Major areas of study (e.g., Biochemistry, Computer Science, Statistics, etc.). Each Major or Honours program has specific entry requirements and may be declared once you have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework, generally at the end of your first or second year of studies. For full details, please visit the Academic calendar.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the "Start or continue your application" button. The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency and other documents.
If you are a University 1 student wishing to transit to the Faculty of Science, you are not required to submit an application. You may transit to the Faculty of Science student using Aurora Student. There is no application fee.
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