The M.S.D.S. degree is an interdisciplinary program that combines courses taught by professors from SMU’s Dedman College, Lyle School of Engineering and Meadows School of the Arts. The program is delivered online to provide access to working professionals and students located around the world. The program gives students who are prospective data scientists an enriched background in computer science, statistics, strategic behavior and data visualization. Graduates will be able to form relevant questions, collect and analyze appropriate data, and make informed decisions regarding the question of interest. Course instruction includes oral and written communication skills and the basics of database structure, including building, maintaining and securing databases. Go to the M.S.D.S. section of the catalog for admission requirements, courses, degree requirements and academic regulations and the calendar.