Doctor of Philosophy in Data Science and Analytics

The PhD in Data Science and Analytics at Kennesaw State was founded in 2015. This degree is at the intersection of computer science, statistics, mathematics, and business.  In the program, you’ll engage in relevant research with faculty from across our eleven colleges.  

KSU is an institution on the forefront of the development of data science as an academic discipline. We are committed to developing the next generation of Data Science leaders, researchers, and educators. 

Culturally, we are committed to the discipline of Data Science through ethical practices, attention to fairness, to a diverse student body, to academic excellence, and research that makes positive contributions to our local, regional, and global community.   

This degree will train you to translate structured and unstructured, complex data into information to improve decision making. The data science and analytics curriculum include heavy emphasis on programming, data mining, statistical modeling, and the mathematical foundations to support these concepts. Importantly, the program also emphasizes communication skills – both oral and written – as well as application and tying results to business and research problems.




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Program Snapshot

Program Format: Face-to-Face

Number of Credits Hours: 78 Total Hours

Entry Terms: Fall

Time to Complete: Four-year Program

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall, February 1st
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Admissions Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • GRE Score Report - Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU (school code 5359). No department code is necessary. Minimum Quantitative score is 160.
  • Resume - Can be uploaded into the online application.
  • Statement of how this degree facilitates your career goals - Can be uploaded into the online application. 
  • Three Letters of Recommendation - Can be sent electronically through the online application.
    • At least one must be from an academic source.
    • At least one must be from a source outside of the academic community. 
  • Successful completion of Math courses through Calculus II
  • Base SAS Certification preferred
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Data Science and Analytics Doctorate Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Focused Learning – The data science and analytics degree program is a full-time, in-class traditional Ph.D. program. You will engage in substantive project-based work, research, teaching, and internship/practicums. The focused learning environment provides you with the best model of experiential learning for your future career. Students receive a research stipend to cover living costs.

  • Flexible Model for your Career Path – Choose from either the research model or the practitioner model to reinforce your career goals.

  • Program Cost – This is a traditional, in-residence, STEM Ph.D. Program - not a professional doctorate. Therefore, qualified students will receive a tuition waiver and a research stipend.

Data Science and Analytics Salary and Career Information


School of Data Science and Analytics

Kennesaw State University
School of Data Science and Analytics
680 Arntson Drive,
Suite J333, MD 9044,
Marietta, GA 30060

Phone: 470-578-4377

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