Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is the partnership with the University of New Haven and Galvanize?
GalvanizeU-New Haven is a strategic partnership between the University of New Haven and Galvanize that brings together the best of higher education and industry experience to deliver the MS Data Science program.

UNH is a private, comprehensive university accredited regionally and recognized as a national leader in experiential education. The university’s Tagliatela College of Engineering is ranked among the nation’s best. Galvanize has a proven track record of bringing working and learning together. Galvanize campuses are home to energetic entrepreneurs, skilled programmers, and men and women motivated to make an impact. Through education programs rooted in industry and a community of lifelong learners, Galvanize provides the environment and fuel to level up.

Where can I find out more information on the academic program?
All academic information on the program can be found in the program catalog (view PDF).

Is this program accredited?
The University of New Haven is a coeducational, nonsectarian, independent institution of higher learning, chartered by the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut.

The university is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process.  An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.  Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole.  As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates.  Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to the students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution.  Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA  01730-1433
(781) 271-0022
cihe@neasc.org  

Approval to Operate in California
The University of New Haven is approved to operate by the California Bureau of Postsecondary Private Education (BPPE).

The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.ca.gov, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897.

You can access the BPPE Annual Reports for this program in PDF format here: 2014 Annual Report | 2015 Annual Report

Additionally, the School Performance Fact Sheets for this program are available in PDF format: 2014 School Performance Fact Sheet | 2015 School Performance Fact Sheet

How are the courses scheduled?
This is a 30-credit program.  There are 8 in-class courses, plus a 3-credit capstone project and a 3-credit internship.  Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  All classes are held during the daytime hours.

Students go through the program as a cohort – all will start the program at the same time and progress through the program at the same pace.

Typical program schedule for Fall start:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Term
DSCI 6001 Mathematics for Data Scientists 3 Fall 1
DSCI 6002 Data Exploration, Feature Engineering, and Statistics for Data Scientists 3 Fall 1
DSCI 6003 Machine Learning and Data Analysis 1 3 Fall II
DSCI 6004 Unstructured Data and Natural Language Processing 3 Fall II
DSCI 6005 Machine Learning and Data Analysis 2 3 Spring 1
DSCI 6006 Data Science Leadership and Entrepreneurism 3 Spring 1
DSCI 6007 Distributed and Scalable Data Engineering 3 Spring II
DSCI 6008 Special Topics in Data Science 3 Spring II
DSCI 6010 Data Science Industry Internship 3 Summer
DSCI 6051 Data Science Capstone Project 3 Summer

Where is the program offered/are the classes held?
The MS Data Science program is offered on the Galvanize San Francisco campus at 44 Tehama Street, San Francisco, CA – the South of Market, or SoMa area. The program is not offered on the university main campus in West Haven, CT.

When was the program first offered?
The first class of students began in spring 2015.

Can I take a tour of the location?
Yes, please contact Bonny Xie, Student Services Coordinator at, bxie@newhaven.edu, to arrange a tour.

Does the program offer any online courses?
No. The Master of Science in Data Science provides a rigorous, hands-on learning experience that prepares students for jobs in data management, analysis and visualization.

What kind of academic advising is available to me?
All students are provided an academic adviser upon starting a graduate program at UNH.

What kind of job placement is available for graduate students?
There is a structured recruiting program to connect graduates with companies interested in hiring for the skills of its graduates.  Preparation sessions include:          

  • Resume review and workshop
  • Self-selling including networking advice
  • Interview Preparation
  • Salary Negotiation

Campus Services

What services are available to students at the San Francisco location?

  • Lockers for overnight storage
  • Kitchens with refrigerators, coffee makers, microwave ovens
  • Conference rooms that can be reserved
  • Spaces for private phone calls
  • Contact and interaction with Galvanize’s network of community partners in the tech industry with workshops and social events

Is there access to the library?
The students have online access to the collection catalogs, databases, and services maintained by the main campus library. The Marvin K. Peterson Library provides robust online resources and library services for students, faculty and staff 24 hours a day/7 days a week wherever they might be located. The Library has served UNH students and faculty in distance learning programs for over 20 years and has well-developed networks and resources to assist in research and library services. The web page Library Services for Distance Learners describes the resources and services and indicates how additional help can be obtained to ensure full library support.

Does the campus provide Wi-Fi access?
Yes, the campus has wireless network access for all students.

What spaces are available for study group meetings?
There are spaces available for study rooms and larger group meetings.

Is graduate student housing available?
Graduate student housing is not available, but there is a student housing listing for apartment, condo, and home rental options in the local community.

Admission & Financial Aid

How do I apply?
To apply online, please visit galvanizeu.newhaven.edu/apply to complete the application.

What are the admission requirements?
To be considered for admission, students must submit an application, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all college attended,  a personal statement and resume.

What is the application deadline?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  There will be priority application dates published for each term. Terms begin in September and January, along with an abbreviated summer term.

Are international students eligible to apply?
International students may apply for the Fall 2016 term.

What is the cost of the program?
The MS Data Science is a 30-credit program. Tuition cost is $1,600 per credit hour and cost for the entire 30-credit program will be $48,000 – fees additional.

Is Financial Aid available?
Domestic students may apply for financial aid to assist with their costs.  Please use this link to start your FASFA, Apply For Financial Aid.

Transportation

Is there parking available?
There is no on-site parking available.  Street parking and lots are available nearby, however public transportation is recommended.

Is there public transportation?
Transit cards are available for purchase and work on the MUNI buses, MUNI light rail, BART (commuter train to East Bay), and CalTrain (commuter train to South Bay and San Jose). You can add cash to them at any MUNI station or online, or add monthly passes for any transit company. www.clippercard.com.

Transit maps can be viewed at http://www.sfmta.com/