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 this Practicum Proposal Form

2019  Data Science Practicum Timeline

• Call for Proposals - February 7th
• Initial Proposal Review/Proposal Submission Deadline - March  21st
• Practicum Sponsors selected - April 11th
• 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
• Bi-weekly meeting with team and sponsor beginning August 1st
• Midpoint review meeting by September 15th
• Final Presentations by Dec 5th


2018 Practicum Partners

 Live_Oak_Bank.jpg Live Oak Bank
Performed time series forecasting of bank liabilities including savings, cd and money market accounts  

 nCino_Logo-Full_color-Light_bg.png nCino- Financial Tech company specializing in cloud banking
assisted nCino in automating banking spreads technology to reduce manual input and processing time through machine learning and text classification methods.

combomark_primary_sm.png Prometrics- analytics and reporting partner to specialty biopharma manufacturers.manipulated and analyzed medical claims data to find the optimal time-to-delivery post diagnoses of disease specific pharmaceuticals.

IRP_UNCW.PNG UNCW Office of Institutional Research and Planning
Use SAS 9.4 to create an interactive dashboard analyzing and visualizing teaching space utilization at UNCW. Not under NDA so  product may be viewed here Campus Map Room Use.