PhD - Data Science

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The Doctor of Philosophy in Data Science program presented online by Northcentral University offers you the opportunity to develop advanced research and data analysis skills. Read more about this PhD-DS program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The PhD in Data Science program at Northcentral University is designed to help you increase your knowledge of data science theories and applications and help you prepare for future careers. Courses will cover a variety of topics, including business intelligence, data mining, data visualization, big data integration, database security, and strategic management of data. The curriculum is aligned with current industry needs and includes opportunities for hands-on experience. You must write and defend a doctoral dissertation in order to graduate from this program.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are interested in applying to this program, you may already have a solid background in computer science as well as strong analytical and communication skills. You are required to have a master's degree prior to applying to this program at Northcentral University.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You will be required to complete 60 credits to earn Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy of Science in Data Science.

Courses for a PhD in Data Science

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
TIM 8500 Principles of Data Science
TIM 7200Scholarly Communication for Technology Leaders
TIM 8505Quantitative Research Design
TIM 8120Distributed Systems
TIM 7020Databases & Business Intelligence
TIM 8530Big Data Integration
TIM 8130Data Mining
TIM 8501Quantitative Methods for Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
TIM 8520Predicting the Future
TIM 8525Multivariate Analysis
TIM 8535Current Topics in Quantitative Analysis
TIM 7230Qualitative Research Design & Methodology for Technology Leaders
TIM 7240Constructive Research Design & Methodology for Technology Leaders
TIM 8540Data Reporting
TIM 8510Data Visualization
TIM 8590Data, Information, and Knowledge Policy & Strategy
CMP 9700DS PhD-DS Portfolio
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9901A Components of the Dissertation
DIS 9902A The Dissertation Proposal
DIS 9903A Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
DIS 9904A The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After graduating from the PhD-DS program at Northcentral University, you could be ready to pursue positions in academics or research. You could also use your skills to work as a leader in data analysis and administration. Possible career paths include:

  • Senior Data Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Data Scientist
  • Postsecondary Teacher
  • Data Science Researcher