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A closer look at the Master of Applied Data Science  

In the age of data-driven decision-making, the ability to understand and leverage data is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Monash Online has achieved an enviable reputation for research and teaching excellence in a short 50 years, and we’re ranked among the world’s top universities.

Our online Master of Applied Data Science program stands out not just for its content but for its approach to teaching; it focuses on practical, real-world applications that prepare students for success. It’s more than just a course; it’s a pathway to the future of technology and innovation. 

The ability to transform data into actionable insights has become essential in industry, and Monash’s online Master of Applied Data Science stands at the forefront of this technological revolution. Offering a unique and contemporary approach to mastering the field, the program emphasises the development of core data analytic and problem-solving skills through cutting-edge techniques.  

This practical focus is complemented by a flexible study design that is tailored to accommodate busy lives. With six teaching periods each year and 100% online delivery, you can access world-renowned qualifications from anywhere, at any time. This blend of innovation and accessibility doesn’t just prepare you for the future, it empowers you to shape it.  

Engage with the Master of Applied Data Science at Monash and discover a learning experience without boundaries, where the future of data technology is not only taught but lived. 

What does the course cover? 

Our Master of Applied Data Science has been meticulously designed to meet the current and future needs of the industry. The course is divided into four parts, beginning with Foundational Studies where you’ll acquire the building blocks of data science. This lays the groundwork for Core Studies, where the focus shifts to the fundamentals of data science practice and research. 

As a current student, Selena Chong selected the Master’s because of its practical nature and job-ready applications. She says, “I decided to choose this course because I thought the study plan covered a broad range of subjects while really ensuring there was a good foundation. It seems this course is a lot more practical (less theoretical) and would really prepare me for a job.” 

In Specialist Studies, you’ll delve into your chosen area of data science and then conclude your qualification by engaging in real-world projects that prepare you for professional development with Applied Practice.  

What are the benefits of studying online? 

Studying online has become a viable and effective way to pursue a higher education. Our online platform provides flexibility, allowing students like Selena to learn from home and balance work and studies. She appreciates the balance, stating, “It has allowed me to continue working full-time, and continue working on my career while studying and gaining the qualifications”. 

Your virtual classroom environment also fosters engagement with your cohort and is a great opportunity to collaborate with students from different backgrounds. We provide support seven days a week, ensuring that you have access to assistance whenever you need it.  

Why study at Monash University?  

We’re a member of the Group of Eight, an alliance of leading Australian universities recognised for their excellence in teaching and research. Our commitment to education is reflected in our current rankings of #2 in Australia and #44 globally (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023). This commitment is embodied by our Master of Applied Data Science program, which blends theory and practice seamlessly. Our faculty of data science professionals offer you hands-on guidance which Selena appreciates: “The teaching staff are experienced and knowledgeable, and are always happy to help.” 

Our support system is robust and all-encompassing, guiding you from enrolment through to graduation. This level of care ensures that your experience is enriched and fulfilling. 

Career prospects in applied data science 

A degree in Applied Data Science from Monash is not just an education, but an investment in a rewarding career. The industry’s demand for skilled data professionals continues to grow, with a 27.7% job growth expected over the next five years. 

Roles such as Data Scientist, Business Analyst, Data Analyst, and Data Engineer are within reach, with the common salary for a data scientist in Australia being an attractive $125,000. And for Selena, the Master in Applied Data Science has already had an impact. 

“Through the course, I have gained skills in modelling and coding, which led me to landing my current job, and becoming a data scientist in a company which specialises in data.” 

Your journey awaits 

Our Master of Applied Data Science is more than just an academic program — it’s a transformative journey. With our world-leading faculty, innovative curriculum, and supportive environment, we offer an unrivalled educational experience. From flexibility in learning to real-world applications, our program’s unique approach ensures that you’re not only educated but empowered. 

Whether you’re looking to start a new career or elevate your current one, the future of data technology awaits.  Apply now!

Selena Chong shares her experience studying Master of Applied Data Science with Monash Online