I know asking undergrad questions are not well received here. But I don't know any other place have the standard of this place.

I am a Bachelor of Information technology student. I am maintaining a second upper GPA at school. My target is to become a data scientist. And this is my plan. I will learn data science basics on coursera. I will start with a diploma in applied statistics parallel to my final year of my degree. Then I will go for a M.Sc in CS. Where I come from doesn't have undergraduate/pg math degrees available for me (only for few merit students who enter state universities get to those). I will do a research more related to data science. (Not sure if I can do it in a M.Sc in CS) I know there should be opinions, and this question won't lead to a one single perfect solution. But I'm asking if you can tell me if this is a good plan.?

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    You do not need a degree in data science to become a data scientist.
    – Compass
    May 14, 2015 at 16:01
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    As a side note, I suspect that masters in statistics will be more relevant than most CS masters (unless you find some kind of dedicated data analysis CS program).
    – Roger Fan
    May 14, 2015 at 16:02
  • As Aleksandr Blekh's answer indicates, there is a better place for this question, and even if there weren't you are unlikely to get the kind of academic advising you need in this venue.
    – Tim
    May 14, 2015 at 20:25

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I have answered several related questions on the Data Science SE site some time ago. I hope that my answers are relevant to your situation and will be helpful. Wishing you best of luck!


Question: How can one become a data scientist?

Answer: Call yourself one.

That's what everyone else does. (Yes, cynical, I know.)


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