MS in Applied Data Science

MS in Applied Data Science

Batch Start Date - 30th November 2022

Key Benefits of the Program

  • INR20 Lakhs

    Significant savings of upto INR 20 Lakhs compared to studying full degree in USA

  • Upto36 Months

    Eligible for PGWP/Post Study Work/OPT visa application after graduation

  • INR70 Lakhs

    Average salary in USA after completion of the course

Program Structure and Fees

MS in Applied Data Science is a 20 months course where in the first 8 months you will be studying online with IIIT Bangalore. Tuition fees for year 1 of course is INR 3 Lakhs (inclusive of taxes). For the next 12 months, you will be going to the US and studying on-campus at Clarkson University, US. Tuition fees for Clarkson University is approximately USD 46,062. You will also have to incur approximately USD 17,000 (Fees are subject to change depending upon intakes and admission year) per annum as living costs in the USA. All upGrad students are automatically offered the $2,500 upGrad Student Fellowship, with additional scholarships up to 50% available based on academic merit.
  1. Country


    Course Name

    • Advanced Certificate Program in Data Science


    • B.E/B.Tech/B.Sc (IT/Computer Science)/BCA with minimum of 60% or above marks. Maximum backlogs (ATKTs) accepted will be 5.

    Tuition Fees

    INR 3,00,000

    Cost of Living


    Mode of Teaching



    8 months

  2. Country


    Course Name

    • MS in Applied Data Science


    • The applicant must complete the Advanced Certificate Program in Data Science from IIIT, Bangalore with 3 or above CGPA.
    • IELTS score >= 6.5 or equivalent across all bands or PTE >= 56 or Duolingo >= 115 or TOEFL iBT (not home edition) >= 80.

    Tuition Fees

    ~ USD 46,062

    Cost of Living

    ~ USD 17,000

    Mode of Teaching



    1 year

Other Benefits

  • The U.S. News & World Report, 2022 has ranked Clarkson University 127th in National Universities
  • QS World University Rankings 2022 #751-800
  • The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • Dual certification - IIITB as well as Clarkson University
  • upGrad end-to-end support for applications and visa
  • World Class Faculty Members & Industry Experts
  • In-built IELTS prep to be provided by upGrad
  • STEM programs leading up to 3 years of OPT
  • One-on-One with Industry Mentors
  • Career Essential Soft Skills Program
  • Dedicated Student Success Mentor
  • GRE Waiver for IIITB learners
  • Choose from 12 electives at Clarkson University, US
About IIIT Bangalore

Known for its practice oriented learning and entrepreneurial support, IIIT Bangalore is an independent institution and a deemed university. Till date, IIIT Bangalore has incubated more than 20 startups and published more than 1000 publications. IIITB’s outstanding faculty, curriculum and pedagogy ensures that their graduate programs are ranked a

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About Clarkson University

Clarkson University is a private, national research institution founded in 1896. With its main campus in New York, Potsdam, the university boasts a front-runner in technology education. The university's prime focus is on sustainable economic development utilizing innovation, research, sch

The university is renowned for offering unparalleled learning experiences with over 90 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., and certificate programs. With powerful intentions, the university ignites connections across academic disciplines and industries to promote an entrepreneurial mindset and intellectual curiosity to create leaders of tomorrow.

At Clarkson University, students are supervised by faculty members with a pool of experience. Each program at Clarkson University is coherently designed to offer a cutting-edge curriculum and industry-oriented pedagogy in a supportive environment. The external network of the university engages 380+ active partners in the industry, chamber of commerce, and research organizations. A degree from Clarkson University will equip students in every domain to achieve their professional aspirations, from enhancing knowledge to acquiring new competencies.

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About USA

“Why do international students prefer to study in USA?” There are several answers to the question. To start with, the country hosts more than a million international students and is one of the most popular global educational hubs. Universities and colleges in the US offer numerous

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Career Opportunities

Applied Data Science

  • Lead Data Scientist

    USD 98,000 Annually

  • Data Scientist

    USD 97,309 Annually

  • Applied Data Science Researcher

    USD 97,000 Annually

  • Data Analyst

    USD 62,000 Annually


IIIT BangaloreAdvanced Certificate Program in Data Science


Clarkson UniversityMS in Applied Data Science

  • 300+

    Hours of Content

  • 7+

    Case Study & Projects

  • 25+

    Live Sessions

  • 15+

    1:8 Group Coaching Sessions

Loan Partners

Frequently Asked Questions

Course Curriculum

What is the MS in Applied Data Science with upGrad?

The MS in Applied Data Science is an engaging yet rigorous 8 months online and 12 month on-campus program designed for students to develop practical knowledge and skills, establish a professional network, and accelerate entry into data science careers. The student as part of this program will receive dual certification, an Advanced Certificate Program in Data Science from IIITB and Master degree from Clarkson University, US.

What should I expect from the MS in Applied Data Science?

You should expect to carry out several industry-relevant projects simulated as per the actual workplace, making you a skilled data science professional at par with leading industry standards. On completion of program, you will have option to apply for OPT in US as well as get support from Clarkson University Career Services to build a career in the US.

Which topics are going to be covered as part of the program?

The program is designed for professionals with limited data analytics experience to help them build their understanding from the basics to an advanced level. The program covers tools such as Python, MySQL and Excel, as well as important Data Science concepts such as statistics and exploratory data analytics, regression, clustering, tree models, model selection and principal component analysis.

What type of learning experience should I expect?

The online learning experience will be a mix of interactive lectures from industry leaders as well as world-renowned faculty. Additionally, the program comprises live lectures dedicated to solving your academic queries and reinforcing learning. On-campus learning experience will be in class experience face to face with the faculty.

Is any certification granted at the end of the program?

Post successful completion of the program, an Advanced Certificate Program in Data Science would be granted from IIIT Bangalore and an MS in Applied Data Science from Clarkson University, US.

Can I sign up only for a few specific modules if I am interested in?

No, the program is designed to be completed in its entirety, and cannot be taken as standalone modules.

Selection Criteria

How do I know if the program is right for me?

If you like finding meaningful insights from data and if you get excited by the prospect of informing business decisions through analysis and have an analytical bend of mind, then this program is meant for you. As long as you can clear the selection test (or are exempt) and are excited about the transition to Data Analyst, this program is meant for you.

My current role does not include exposure to data. Does it make sense for me to opt for this program?

Absolutely! Data Analyst is becoming a necessity for all industries and is no more a choice. Hence, there is a critical demand for quality data professionals and because the supply is constrained, this is one of the most lucrative career options across industries.

What is the application process for the program and what are the timelines?

You can start the application process by submitting the application. Applications have already started for the next cohort.

What is the selection process for this program?

upGrad, IIIT B, Clarkson University US, world-renowned faculty, and many industry leaders have committed a lot of time in conceptualising and creating this program to make sure that the learners can receive the best possible learning experience in data analytics. Hence, we want to make sure that the participants of this program also show a very high level of commitment and passion for Data Science. For entry into Clarkson University, students have to successfully complete IIIT Bangalore program with a minimum of 3 GPA.

Is there any minimum educational qualification required to take this program?

To be eligible for the program, the following criteria need to be fulfilled: 
• B.E/B.Tech/B.Sc (IT/Computer Science)/BCA with minimum of 60% or above marks. Maximum backlogs (ATKTs) accepted will be 5.
For Clarkson University:
The applicant must complete the Advanced Certificate Program in Data Science from IIIT, Bangalore with 3 or above CGPA.
IELTS score >= 6.5 or equivalent across all bands or PTE >= 56 or Duolingo >= 115 or TOEFL iBT (not home edition) >= 80.

About Clarkson University

Why should you pursue MS in Applied Data Science from Clarkson University?

- It will allow students to learn how to draw informed decisions and conclusions with data while being attuned to ethical considerations of data use.
- In the digital world, students get a chance to build a solid foundation to work in a gamut of industries.
- Students will get global exposure while pursuing MS in Applied Science from the U.S.
- According to PayScale, the average base salary for MS in Applied Data Science graduates is $80k/year.

Can international students work to pay for their educational expenses?

There are limited part-time, on-campus jobs for international students, where the income is sufficient to provide “pocket money.” A part-time job will not generate enough income to pay for all educational expenses. Some internships related to the capstone project may be paid.

Will I be supported for IELTS/TOEFL/PTE or other English language exams during this program?

Yes, upGrad will help you prepare for the English proficiency test to establish your current English proficiency to be eligible for the Master's program in the US.

When will I go to Clarkson University?

Clarkson University will have one intake for students coming through this route. The intake of the year will be August (Fall) intake. Though the application process for Clarkson University will start during the IIITB online program, you will be able to go to Clarkson University in the nearest intake which is at least 3 months away from completion of your IIITB program.

When will I get Offer Letter from Clarkson University?

upGrad will apply for you in Clarkson University once all the documents are provided by you (as given in the offer letter issued to you by upGrad). Apart from the documents mentioned in the offer letter of Clarkson University, you will have to give proof of English proficiency for application of admission to Clarkson University. upGrad will support you to get your English proficiency scores within 3 months of the start of a batch to accelerate this process.

Time Commitment

What is the time commitment expected for the program?

At least 12-15 hours per week of time commitment is expected to be able to graduate from the online program. The on-campus program in the US is full-time and will have an appropriate workload.

How will my doubts/questions be addressed in an online program?

Peer-to-peer discussion forum where you can post your queries and your peers/faculty/teaching assistants answer your queries within a day. Regular Q&A sessions with faculty to get clarification on conceptual doubts.

Refund Policy

Is there any deferral or refund policy for this program?

Refund Policy: (Programs with prep-session component)
- Students must pay applicable caution money for the enrolment to the Program. This caution amount will be adjustable against the total Program fee payable by the student.
- You can claim a refund for the amount paid towards the Program at any time, before the Cohort Commencement Date, by visiting and submitting your refund form via the "My Application" section under your profile. Processing fee of Rs. 10,000/- will be levied. If less than Rs. 10,000/- have been paid in total, the student shall not be eligible for any refund in such case.
- The student shall not be eligible for any refund under any circumstances if any such refund requests are raised post Cohort Commencement Date and student will continue to pay the EMI for the loan (if applicable) and such loan cannot be cancelled. This is also applicable for those students who could not complete their payment and could not be enrolled in the cohort opted for. However, the student can raise a request for Pre-Program deferral as per the policy defined below for the same.
- In case of a refund, the student will be solely responsible for any cancellation of the loan, including but not limited to applicable loan cancellation charges levied on the total cancelled loan amount.
- Students must pay the full fee within 7 days of payment of Caution Money or Cohort Commencement Date, whichever is earlier, otherwise, the admission letter will be rescinded.
- Request for refund must be sent via e-mail in the prescribed Refund Request Form. The refund will be processed within 30 working days of commencement of the program after being duly approved by the Academic Committee.

Deferral Policy: (Pre- Program Commencement)
-If a student, due to unavoidable circumstances is unable to commence with the cohort and requests for a deferral before the cohort starts, we provide the opportunity for the student to defer to another batch.
-However, the student will be required to pay 50% of the total course fee amount (inclusive of taxes) before the deferral can be approved. Till this is completed, the student will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort.
-A student can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the batch start date of the initial batch the student enrolled for.
- The student has time till the current cohort launch date to make the payment of the 50% program fee, post which the deferral request will expire. Once the deferral window expires and the student now asks for a refund, the above-mentioned applicable refund policy will apply.
- The fee applicable to the deferred student will be as per prevailing fee for the batch student as opted to defer to (No additional deferral fee is required to be paid).

Deferral Policy: (Post Program Commencement)
-If a student is facing severe issues in dedicating time to the course, we provide the opportunity for the student to defer to another batch.
-A student can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the batch start date of the initial batch the student enrolled for.
-The student will be required to pay deferral fees of 10% of the total course amount fee + Taxes if any along with the differential program fees between the two cohorts.
-The deferral request will be approved once the deferral fee is paid.
-Till this is completed, the student will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort.
- The student has 7 days (including holidays and weekends) from the date of deferral request to make the payment of the deferral fee post which the deferral request will expire, and the student will continue as part of the current cohort.
- If the student completes the deferral payment, the student’s login will be disabled, the student will leave the deferred cohort and the student will start learning on the new cohort from the point of the last assignment that was graded in the deferred cohort. All grades and progress till that point will be carried forward as it is to the new cohort. For clarification, the grades of the graded assignments will be carried forward, whether the student had submitted these grading during the initial stage.
- The deferral can only be requested during the batch for which the student has enrolled is ongoing. Once the batch has been completed, deferral requests shall not be entertained. For clarification, the batch completion here shall mean the “last grace deadline” as communicated by upGrad.


No cost CC EMI FAQ's

0% EMI with Finance partners /Credit card option availability will vary program wise.

1. Which banks allow using 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
No cost EMI is available on credit cards from all major banks (American Express, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Indus Ind Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RBL Bank, Standard Chartered, Axis Bank, Yes Bank)

2. Is there any minimum transaction limit ?
Yes. 50000 is the minimum.

3. Standard Chartered Bank offers 18 or 24 months No Cost EMI ?
No. ONLY 12 months is available irrespective of the Program enrolled.

4. Will I have to pay any extra amount for EMI transaction?
If you are availing 0% credit card EMI, upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions. Your bank may levy GST or other taxes on the interest component of the EMI.

5. Are there any fees or down payment?
Certain banks charge nominal processing fees between INR 99 - 500 on 0% Credit Card EMI transaction. If charged, will be billed in the first repayment installment.

6. Can I use my International credit card for 0% credit EMI or Credit Card EMI?
Only the Indian bank credit cards can be used. But you can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions, this will be purely between you and your bank.

7. Are there any charges in case I opt for cancellation/refund from the course after paying balance with no cost EMI ?
Yes, there will be additional charges to the extent of interest paid by the upGrad to the bank, you will be refunded only Principal amount, i.e. the amount actually deducted/blocked from your card. This deduction will be in addition to the amount mentioned in the refund policy shared with your offer letter.

8. Can I Pay Using Multiple Credit Cards ?
Multiple cards can be used to complete the payments using Part payment option make sure to inform the learner, minimum transaction is INR 50000 to opt for 0% CC EMI E.g. Amount to be paid: 150000. I can pay using 2 Credit cards. Yes, Example :
HDFC Card – Part payment – INR 100000
ICICI Card – Part payment – INR 50000

9. How can I opt for Credit card EMI if my bank is not listed in the 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
You can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions.

10. Why is the entire amount blocked on my credit card?
Initially your bank will block the entire amount from your available purchase limit and from your next billing cycle, you will be charged the EMI amount. As you start paying your EMI, your credit limit will be released accordingly. For example, if you have made a payment of ₹100000 on 6-months EMI and your credit limit is ₹200,000 then initially your bank will block your credit limit by ₹100000. After payment of your first month EMI of Rs.15000, the blocked amount will come down to ₹85000.

11. Why is interest getting charged on No Cost EMI?
Your bank will charge you interest. However, this interest charge has been provided to you as an upfront discount at the time of your payment, effectively giving you the benefit of a No cost EMI. The total amount paid during the entire EMI tenure to the bank will be equal to the amount to be paid to upGrad.

Eg. Amount payable to upGrad: INR 405000
Let's say Amount deducted at the time of transaction: INR 379850 (Principal amount) Bank charges interest of 12-15% per annum on INR 379850
[Note: Interest factor is reducing rate and not Flat rate]
EMI AMOUNT = INR 33750 x 12 = INR 405000
Effectively, you have taken loan on 379,850 instead of 405,000

upGrad does not grant credit; credits are granted, accepted or transferred at the sole discretion of an educational institution. upGrad does not make any representations regarding the recognition or equivalence of the credits or credentials awarded, unless otherwise expressly stated.

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