What math requirements for Data Science are needed to make a career?

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Ajay Tewani

Ajay Tewani

Investment Analyst at IFC - World Bank Group | IIM Ahmedabad | CA | CFA Level III

It’s one thing to have a mathematics understanding before you start in a master program in data science. But it’s not at all necessary to have a solid knowledge of them beforehand. What I mean is that you can do an MS degree in data science with no math background. Abroad universities do not ask you to submit anything like this record for a data science program.

Now it doesn’t mean that having a math subject in your previous qualification won’t add up. Logically, compared to other students, this will allow you to grasp the subject more easily and fast. Math is definitely a big part of data science but you can manage it if you don’t have a degree in it already. I have already answered some questions on this topic and every time I come to learn new things. 

Basically, calculus, linear algebra and statistics are the only math that you need to understand here. These mathematical elements are very integrated in data science fields and if you wish to make a prosperous career, you’ll need to get these done. It doesn't mean you have to master the topic entirely, just enough to make you comfortable.

Statistics in particular has more value to it. In data science, just like machine learning and analytics, you can make a career in statistics. The jobs in this line of work are mostly related to numbers and statistics. Since calculus and algebra are already very related topics here, it is only logical that these three are the major things in math you need to know for data science.

As mentioned before, a master 's degree in data science does not ask you for a math background. In-fact, you don’t even need a STEM background to get admission into a Master in Data Science program abroad. You may have heard its importance but its only because of the ease it provides getting familiar with the course. Compared to a non math student, you will be able to grasp the subject faster.


There are more than enough universities in the USA, UK or Canada for data science masters. Just focus on the standard eligibility criteria and your test scores. Abroad universities rarely ask for a certain background for a master 's course. Data science is a very popular choice and students from any background can pursue it with no required subjects. I hope this helped clearing some doubts. Let me know if I can help with anything else.


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