The first fully online Master of Data Science from a top-10 Russian university, featuring applied projects with industry partners like Yandex.
In just over two decades since its founding, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University) has emerged as a leading university for multidisciplinary research, international cooperation, and digital education in Russia. A dynamic institution serving more than 40,000 students at campuses in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Perm, HSE University is a leader in combining Russia’s education traditions with the best international practices in teaching and research.
HSE’s Master of Data Science is the first fully English-taught online data science Master’s from a Russian university. Unlike many online degrees in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, this degree has no on-campus requirements. All meetings, coursework, and live class sessions are taught in English and replicate the practitioner’s work environment of real data scientists using Python, Github, and modern apps like Slack and Zoom.
What makes this data science Master’s degree unique?
Collaborate with some of Russia’s best technology companies, like Yandex
HSE has partnerships with some of Russia’s largest and most impressive technology companies, such as Yandex. HSE’s Yandex partnership is a deep collaboration, with several faculty members working concurrently at Yandex and HSE. In this degree, you will complete applied projects designed with HSE in collaboration with its industrial partners.
A degree with multiple tracks for students of all backgrounds
This degree is designed for students with or without prior coding experience. HSE provides a career-relevant curriculum for analysts, data and computer scientists, software engineers, academic researchers, or machine learning engineers by utilizing three distinct tracks: Data Scientist, Machine Learning Engineer, and Researcher in Data Science.
Applied projects with expert faculty guidance
Throughout the degree, students are paired with faculty member advisors and industry experts as they work through their final project, which involves solving a real-world problem with techniques taught in the program. Students benefit by making connections with faculty members and learning from some of the most impressive technology companies in Russia and beyond. In addition, they are encouraged to connect with faculty during live class sessions and weekly office hours with tools like Slack and Zoom.
What degree is earned at the end of the program?
Upon completion of the program, students receive a Master of Data Science degree from HSE University.
Are the GMAT/GRE + IELTS/TOEFL required?
No, the GMAT/GRE are not required for the MDS program. Applicants will be required to complete an online exam that tests their proficiency in basic math.
How long is the program?
The recommended completion period for the full program is 20-24 months.
Is an admissions exam required?
Yes! To be admitted to the program, applicants must pass an entrance exam.
What is the cost of tuition of the program?
The full tuition varies between 577,500 - 1,155,000 Russian rubles, depending on the applicant's geographic location.
Do I have to pay for the entire degree upfront?
No. The tuition is divided into 3 equal parts (by semesters).
Is financial aid available?
No, but scholarships are available.