Preparing for the Next Chapter of Culture in Kelowna

    Student Capstone Project

    In partnership with the City of Kelowna, students of UBC’s Master of Data Science Okanagan program trained machines to uncover trends and insights into the community’s cultural needs. The knowledge gained not only helped inform the City’s Cultural Plan, it helped the local government connect in a real way with its citizens.


    Delivering Better Care Through Education

    Student Capstone Project

    In partnership with QxMD—a Vancouver-based digital learning technology company—students from UBC’s Master of Data Science program created a tool to identify trending health topics within news articles and match these with relevant medical journal articles. Thus helping medical professionals better serve patients with questions related to specific news articles they’ve read.


    Predicting Customer Order Probabilities

    Student Capstone Project

    Students of UBC’s Master of Data Science program in Vancouver worked with Fresh Prep to design a dashboard tool that not only helped the meal kit delivery company predict its future orders but also provided the insights needed to help Fresh Prep better serve its existing customers and improve their order rate.


    Saving Lives and Protecting Property with a Predictive Staffing Model

    Student Capstone Project

    Working with E-Comm 9-1-1—a multi-municipality emergency communications agency serving British Columbia—UBC Master of Data Science students looked at how the agency’s existing data could be used to create call-taking and dispatch schedules that would correspond with shifting call volumes based on time of day, day of week, and holidays or special events throughout the year.

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 Applications for September 2021 will open on November 6, 2020

Turning data into knowledge

Data is everywhere. Continuously generated and collected across every domain, it is a vast and largely untapped resource of information with the potential to reveal insights about every aspect of our lives and the world we live in. However, the ability to uncover these insights is a highly specialized skill possessed by far too few.

UBC’s Master of Data Science program was designed to address this workforce gap by equipping students with the technical skills, practical experience, and most importantly, the confidence to seize opportunities in an ever-expanding field.

The program is offered at both the UBC Vancouver campus and the UBC Okanagan campus, with an additional Master of Data Science in Computational Linguistics offered at the Vancouver campus.

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“It's estimated that Canada will see a shortage of up to 19,000 professionals with data and analytical skills.”

- Canada's Big Data Consortium

Program Features

10 month

Accelerated Learning

10-month, accelerated format allows students to start their careers sooner

Diverse Data Sets

Students gain practical experience using real data sets across a range of domains

real world experience

Real-World Experience

Students have opportunities to learn outside the classroom, while working to find solutions to real-world problems.

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Meet Our Students & Alumni

Nada Salem, MDS Class of 2017

Nada Salem, Data Scientist at Spotify

"My goal is to empower management to make better and more informed data driven decisions for the organization."

Mohsen Zardadi, Data Scientist at Terra Sense Analytics

"I have found people in Kelowna so friendly and easy to connect and students might find much better opportunities here. I strongly recommend students to consider small communities like Kelowna." 

Niki Hajmoshir, Language Engineer at Amazon

“What I really like about this program is that we get more hands-on experience and work with data sets and corpora so when we go into industry we won’t be lost because we know how to handle these things.”


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