M.S. in Data Science


UNCW Data Science Practicum

The UNCW Data Science Program strives to train students in technical proficiency as well as business acumen. While course work  and research projects are sufficient to satisfy the first goal, a team-based professional experience, with organizations external to the university, is preferred to meet the second goal.  In order to achieve this, the program seeks partnerships with industry, non-profits, and other groups to provide such an experience in the form of a Practicum.

The Practicum is a project sponsored by an external organization that involves teams of 4-5 students working on a data analysis problem posed by the sponsoring organization. The project spans eight months and is co-managed by the sponsoring organization and the UNCW Data Science faculty. The financial commitment of sponsoring organizations is limited to any potential travel costs for students to visit their organization for a kick-off meeting.

More detailed information is available in the Practicum Guide and the Sample Nondisclosure Agreement(NDA) . To submit an idea for a Practicum please fill out the Practicum Proposal Form

2019  Data Science Practicum Timeline
• Call for proposals - March 1st
• Initial Proposal Review - April 1st
• Practicum Sponsors selected - April 15th
• NDA agreements signed and Data Security finalized - May 1st
• Practicum kick-off meetings - May 7 - 11th
• Summer - conference and skype calls at convenience of sponsor
• Midpoint review meeting by September 15th
• Final Presentations by Dec 5th