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Master of Digital Sciences
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Graduate in as few as 4 semesters full time, or 6 semesters part time

Program Overview

The Master of Digital Sciences (MDS) degree is a professional master’s program for graduates from a wide range of backgrounds that is designed to augment the student's skill set and open the door to new career opportunities.

Students in the Master of Digital Sciences program receive a broad foundational knowledge in digital technologies through a guided choice of concentrations and approved electives.  

Concentrations: The MDS degree comprises the following online concentrations:

Data Science

The Data Science concentration focuses on the data analysis and modeling needed by an organization and the processing of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data using statistical and semantic analysis techniques to meet those needs.

Digital Systems Training Technology

The Digital Systems Training Technology concentration focuses on the educational applications needed by an organization and the design and management of instructional systems to meet those needs.

Enterprise Architecture

The Enterprise Architecture concentration focuses on the business goals, processes and technology infrastructure needed by an organization and the alignment of the processes and infrastructure with the goals of the business.

Program Structure

  • 32 minimum total credit hours
  • Students choosing to complete thesis must be enrolled in Thesis I for 6 credit hours, and then continuously enroll in Thesis II until all degree requirements have been met
  • Requests for consideration of other courses as approved electives or transfer coursework should be submitted to the student's advisor in the School of Digital Sciences for review
  • Up to 3 credit hours of Internship in Digital Sciences may be applied toward the M.D.S. degree

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application form and fee
  • Official transcript(s) from each institution attended in which 8 or more semester hours were attempted
  • Official GRE scores – may be waived for those with a prior U.S. master’s degree or 36 months of relevant, full-time work experience.  Please contact for more information
  • Resume
  • Statement of goals and objectives 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions)

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Courses for the online MDS include both a broad survey of contemporary technologies and digital skills and targeted training in the specific applications of each student’s chosen concentration. Core subject areas for the program include algorithms and programming, enterprise architecture, data science, instructional design, business management, and network management and design technology. All students take 6-8 credit hours of electives on specific technology-focused topics and 9-10 credit hours in their chosen concentration, and they also complete either a capstone project or thesis as a 6-credit culminating requirement.

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Tuition and Fees

Ohio Residents Out of State
Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost
$536 $1,608 Approximate Cost: $17,200 $546 $1,638 Approximate Cost: $17,500

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $12 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.

The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

Additional out-of-state surcharge for students enrolled in an online program: All Graduate—All Campuses: $10/hr.

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