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Drive decisions with data

Data analysts use numbers to tell a compelling story. This graduate qualification will provide you with the fundamental skills you need to use data to make informed business decisions.

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Stand out as a data expert

Lead data-driven decision making teams

Get a data science degree taught by leading IT researchers.

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The future of data technology is in your hands

Technology is continually accelerating and evolving, and with it, the demand for data scientists will continue to rise. The Master of Applied Data Science prepares the new generation of data scientists with the skills they need to revolutionise the future of data science.

Your master’s degree will focus on developing your core data analytic and problem-solving skills by teaching you contemporary techniques to transform data into actionable information. The Master of Applied Data Science provides the opportunity to apply your knowledge to practical projects so you can find your own place in the world of data science.

What you will learn
  • Contemporary data exploration
    Learn how to apply contemporary data exploration techniques and machine learning methods to real-world data science issues.
  • Data science lifecycle and analysis
    Plan and develop data analytics projects in a specific area to gain your own unique insight into the data science process.
  • Policy, ethical and legal issues
    Learn how to ethically collect, store, prepare and stream data in adherence to industry laws and policies.
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Pathway to a masters degree

You can graduate with a Master of Applied Data Science in approximately 2 years part-time accelerated, after completing 12 units (72 credit points).

You can also exit the course after completing approximately:

  • 0.7 years part-time accelerated, 4 units (24 credit points), and you’ll receive a Graduate Certificate of Applied Data Science; or
  • 1.4 years part-time accelerated, 8 units (48 credit points total), and you’ll receive a Graduate Diploma of Applied Data Science.

This course is structured in four consecutive parts:

  1. Part A. Foundational studies: these studies will provide a foundation for applied data science.
  2. Part B. Core studies: these studies will provide an orientation and draw on best practices within the broad field of data science practice and research. Your studies will focus on fundamentals and core knowledge.
  3. Part C. Specialist studies: the focus of these studies is specialising in the area of data science.
  4. Part D. Applied practice: the focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to the portfolio of professional development.

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You must complete three foundational studies units.

Introduction to databases

Mathematical foundations for data science and AI

Introduction to Python

You must complete these three core studies units.

Introduction to data science

Data wrangling

Statistical data modelling

You must complete four specialist studies units.

Data exploration and visualisation

Applied data analysis

Machine learning

Data processing for big data

Data analysis for semi-structured data

Applied practice 1

Applied practice 2

There are three entry pathways into the Master of Applied Data Science.

Eligible entrance via Graduate Certificate
Commence your studies via the Graduate Certificate of Applied Data Science, a post-graduate qualification that can lead you to further studies in the Graduate Diploma and Masters of Applied Data Science.

If you need help understanding the below entry requirements, please reach out to our student consultants by booking a call.

Duration: 2 years part-time

An Australian bachelor degree in a relevant discipline, with at least a credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification approved by the faculty.

Duration: 1.4 years part-time

A Monash University Graduate Certificate of Applied Data Science with at least a credit (60%) average.


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline* and a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a relevant discipline*, with at least a credit (60%) average in the higher degree.

*A relevant discipline includes successful completion of relevant coursework on programming, foundational mathematics for computing, database and SQL.

Duration: 0.7 years part-time

A Monash University Graduate Diploma of Applied Data Science with at least credit (60%) average.

If you don’t meet entry level 1 & 2 requirements, please consider the Graduate Certificate of Applied Data Science

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

For the Master of Applied Data Science, the estimated cost is $4,862.50 per unit. You may be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan to cover part or all of your tuition. Fees are subject to change annually.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

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Your Monash Master of Applied Data Science is designed to accommodate your busy life, with built-in flexibility through six teaching periods each year.

You’ll complete your world-renown qualification in a dynamic virtual classroom and access course material when and where it suits you, taking advantage of a dedicated support network available extended hours, 7 days a week.

Undertake the same qualification as on-campus student, but 100% online. You’ll gain the skills required by the digital workforce and study in a way that suits your lifestyle.

Discover more about online study.

When you study online with Monash, you’ll experience the same level of flexible support as your degree offers. Course consultants can answer your questions about online study and guide you through your course selection and enrolment. Student advisers are available 7 days a week to assist with everything from enrolment queries to academic and study skills, with subject matters experts in each of your units to help you through unit content and assessments.

Career outcomes

The workplace of the future is an exciting and dynamic place. A Master of Applied Data Science degree is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to succeed in a constantly changing global environment.

What does the future look like for Data Scientists?

With rising demand for this profession, experienced data scientists are highly sought-after and well-paid.



The most common salary for a Data Scientist in Australia.


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Data Scientists report very high job satisfaction.

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Projected job growth of Data Scientists over the next five years.

Applied Data science online at Monash

Designed by leading Monash academics, this course is your opportunity to learn from experts in data science. Build on your network and practical experience through coursework based on the Faculty of Information Technology’s own research.

The data you’ll work with in each of your units is derived from industry-based projects in the real world. This ensures that the skill set you develop is grounded in a sophisticated simulation of real-world professional practice.

Meet your academic team

Dr Yi-shan Tsai

Online Course Director

Dr Yi-Shan Tsai is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology and a member of the Centre for Learning Analytics at Monash (CoLAM). She is also a member of the Digital Education Research Group at Monash and an associate scholar of the Centre for Research in Digital Education and the Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Yasmeen George

Deputy Course Director

Dr Yasmeen George is a Lecturer with data science and AI department at Monash Faculty of Information Technology with over a decade of interdisciplinary research experience in AI for healthcare analytics. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in 2018 (Australia), Master of Computer Science (by research) in medical image analytics in 2013 from the University of Ain Shams (Egypt).

Dr Guanliang Chen

Deputy Course Director

Dr Guanliang Chen’s research applies state-of-the-art language technologies to make use of textual data collected in a range of educational settings. His research focuses on the fairness, accountability and transparency of machine learning techniques and the collection of quality educational materials. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Delft University of Technology.

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!

Selena Chong

Master of Applied Data Science

Frequently Asked Questions

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