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Degree Requirements

Requirements for an MS degree in Data Science with a concentration in Biomedical Informatics

Complete the core requirement: earns B or better in every core course in the program. Here is a list of core courses:

Course Number

Course Title

 

Credit

CS626

Large Scale Data Science

Core

3

CPH580/STA580

Biostatistics I

Core

3

CPH630/STA681

Biostatistics II

Core

3

DS710

Data Science Seminar (three credits of this course are required; will be repeated three times)

Core

1

DS711

MS project in Data Science

Core

3

Each student completes at least one guided elective from the following list CS405G, CS460G and CS515

Course Number

Course Title

 

Credit

CS405G

Introduction to Data Bases

Elective

3

CS460G

Machine Learning

Elective

3

CS515

Algorithm Design

Elective

3

Each student completes the concentration requirement (at present, BMI633 and one of BMI730, BMI733 and BMI734)

Course Number

Course Title

 

Credit

BMI633

Introduction to Bioinformatics

Core

3

BMI730

Principles of Clinical Informatics

Elective

3

BMI733

Biomedical Natural Language Processing

Elective

3

BMI734

Introduction to Biomedical Image Analysis

Elective

3

Each student completes three elective courses (9 credit hours), with at least two courses having a strong data science component in the subject of the student's MS project

*No incomplete in any course, including CS 610

*Set up an advisory committee.  The student should consult with the supervising professor in choosing a committee. The committee must have at least three members; at least one must be a full member of the graduate faculty. The student should present all the committee members with a clean draft of the project/thesis report and get their agreement to serve on the committee.

*Schedule the defense. All master's students need to take the master's exam. The student initiates the request for the master's exam, specifying the committee, the date, the time and the place through an online form at least three weeks before the intended exam date

The student should list the title of the project/dissertation in the comments section of this form. Before submitting this form, the student should present all the committee members with a clean draft of the project/thesis report and get their agreement to serve on the committee.

The director of graduate studies (DGS) will verify (1) that the student has completed the CS requirements for the M.S. degree, and (2) that all the committee members are available at the specified time and believe that the student is ready to take the exam. The DGS uses an online form to approve the exam and announces the exam to the department faculty and students

A written report is required for completion of a master's degree. The writeup must be of sufficient quality to enable committee members to determine the general nature, scope and quality of the project, and must be provided (in hard copy, if requested) to each committee member at least 10 calendar days before the scheduled examination date

The masters exam is ''open,'' meaning that the DGS announces it and that all members of the university community are invited to attend it. It is not a party, however; the student should not provide refreshments.

Students in computer science, information science, informatics and statistics, are the primary candidates for the program.

Example degree plan

YEAR 1 FALL

BMI 633

CS 626

CPH 580

DS 710 (1 credit hour)

YEAR 1 SPRING

BMI730 or BMI733 or BMI734

CS405G or CS460G or CS515

CPH630

DS 710 (1 credit hour

YEAR 2 FALL

Elective

Elective

Elective

DS 710 (1 credit hour)

 

YEAR 2 SPRING

DS 711

If you have questions, please contact Kathy Ice-Wedding at kathy@cs.uky.edu