Universidad de Chile will offer the first version of the Master of Data Science program

Universidad de Chile will offer the first version of the Master of Data Science program

The new Master of Data Science (MDS) program at the Universidad de Chile will be offered starting in Spring 2021. The program has been jointly designed by the departments of Computer Science (DCC), Electrical Engineering (DIE), Industrial Engineering (DII) and Mathematical Engineering (DIM). The application process is open between June 15 and July 15.

The Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) has supported the MDS since its creation, also contributing a group of its researchers as part of the program’s teaching and supervision team.


Double degree

The program can be taken as a double degree, that is, alongside the engineering professional title at the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (FCFM). If taken in this form, a student can obtain the professional title of engineer in addition to the Master’s degree in Data Science by completing a single thesis, which must be approved by both the MDS and the corresponding department.

Students who wish to pursue the double degree can apply directly to the MDS to perform Thesis Seminars I & II, so that their stay in the Master’s program lasts one year, the minimum required by the program’s regulations. Before formally applying to the MDS, students can enroll for courses in the program as undergraduate students.

Students who do not whish to take the program as a double degree and focus solely on the MDS, may apply to the program once they have earned their bachelor’s degree.

Application requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from FCFM or equivalent as determined by the Academic Committee. Alternatively, for FCFM students pursuing the double degree only need to fulfill the requirements for obtaining such degree.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence and mastery of the areas related to the program.
  • Exhibit appropriate command of English for academic purposes.

Applications to the program for the Spring 2021 semester are submitted online.

Application documents may be in English or Spanish and are as follows:

  • Two letters of recommendation, which can be entered directly into the application platform or sent to mds@cmm.uchile.cl by the referrer.
  • Motivational letter expressing the applicant’s interest in the MDS, their experience, knowledge in the area, and future professional plans.
  • Degree certificate (students not pursuing the double degree).
  • Grades transcript.
  • Curriculum Vitae where the applicant may also attach proof of English proficiency.

The cost of the program is UF75 per active semester, with an expected stay of four semesters and a minimum stay of two semesters. In addition, active students and staff of the Universidad de Chile receive a 50% discount, and alumni receive a 25% discount.

More information (in Spanish only) about the study program is available on the MDS website.

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Posted on Jun 18, 2021 in Frontpage, News