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Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS)

Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS)

The Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS) emerges from a particular vision of data science as an inherently interdisciplinary and team-based endeavor. It borrows technical tools from a variety of quantitative disciplines like computer science and statistics, and connects them to inquiry in nearly all disciplines, including natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Launching in fall 2018, students will receive interdisciplinary training within the quantitative sciences, exposure to problems in a variety of disciplines, and direct experience in interdisciplinary team-based science. Initially, the program expects to recruit 20 students seeking training in quantitative methods and exposure to how these methods are applied to different areas of interest through team-based projects. In the future, this number is expected to grow, with students coming from increasingly diverse academic backgrounds.

Elective courses will constitute half of the courses taken by students, giving them ownership of their focus and direction within the program. This intellectual vision of interdisciplinary and team-based data science offers not only a degree curriculum but also a complementary new model for advancing university-wide engagement in graduate education across departments and schools.


The program is hosted jointly by the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD) and the Social Science Research Institute(SSRI).

We are grateful for the overwhelming interest in MIDS, with nearly 650 applications for our inaugural class. The Admissions Committee has now completed its work. If you have not heard from us, we regret that we did not get a chance to know you better and hope your plans are working out elsewhere. Please know that it was exceedingly difficult for the committee as the number of highly qualified applicants was simply much larger than the number we could admit to our inaugural class. Thank you for your interest in MIDS.


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Durham, NC 27705

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