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    Masters in Data Science in New Zealand: A Complete Course Guide


    Masters in Data Science in New Zealand is a 1.5 to 2-year long full-time program. The average course fee for this degree ranges between 19.3 lakh to 42 lakh INR. Only 3 universities in New Zealand offer Masters in Data Science. It is available as a Master of Data Science, Master of Business in Data Science, and Master of Professional Studies in Data Science. 

    • An undergraduate degree in fields of science like mathematics, physics, or computer science is required to apply for universities offering Masters in Data Science in New Zealand.
    • The entry-level salary for an individual with a degree in MS in Data Science in New Zealand is 26 lakhs INR per annum. 
    • Some of the job roles offered to graduates of Masters in Data Science are Data Scientist, Data Analyst, Statistician, etc.

    Why Study Masters in Data Science in New Zealand?

    Here’s why you should consider studying MS in Data Science in New Zealand: 

    • Three universities offering Masters in Data Science in New Zealand rank among the top 350 universities of the world, according to THE Ranking of 2020. 
    • Graduate Employability Ranking 2020 of these three universities, where institutions are ranked on the basis of placement opportunities available to their alumni, are tabulated below:
    University Ranking 2020
    University of Auckland 59
    University of Otago 251 – 300
    University of Canterbury 301 – 500
    • Qualification in New Zealand is recognized by NZQF (New Zealand Qualification Authority) which makes sure to maintain the quality level of education. This gives international recognition to the degree.
    • An up-gradation from bachelor's to masters in data science in New Zealand increases the salary of a Data Analyst by 39% whereas, for other professions, it is only 29%.

    Top Universities Offering Masters in Data Science in New Zealand

    Given below are the three universities that offer Master in Data Science in New Zealand along with their THE Ranking and total program fees: 

    THE Ranking 2020 University Program Offered & Duration Total Program Fees (in INR)
    179 University of Auckland Master of Professional Studies in Data Science: 1 year 20.1 lakhs
    Master of Data Science (180 points): 1.5 years 31.2 lakhs
    Master of Data Science (240 points): 2 year 41.6 lakhs
    201 - 250 University of Otago Master of Business Data Science (240 points): 1.3 year 33.9 lakhs
    Master of Business Data Science (180 points): 1 year 23.7 lakhs
    301 - 350 University of Canterbury Master of Applied Data Science: 1 year 19.3 lakhs

    University of Canterbury also offers a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science. The duration of this program is 2 semesters and it costs around 12.9 lakhs. 

    Masters in Data Science in New Zealand: Highlights

    Duration 1 – 2 Years
    Eligibility Bachelors in data science or equivalent (computer science/ statistics/ economics/ mathematics)
    Average Course Fee 19.3 lakhs – 42 lakhs INR 
    Starting Salary 26 lakhs INR per annum
    Job Profile Data scientist, data analyst, application or infrastructure architect, data engineer, machine learning scientist, statistician, machine learning engineer.
    Field of Recruitment Technology solution companies, banks, MNCs, entertainment or social media industry, eCommerce platforms
    Top Recruiting Organization Accenture, IBM, Oracle, Bank of America, Walmart, Apple, Nike, Google, PayPal, Uber, Spotify.

    Admission Process for Masters in Data Science in New Zealand

    Students can apply to New Zealand universities in January and July, with the exception of a few universities offering multiple intakes in September and November. Ideally, international students should start their admission process around six months before the application deadline. 

    Admission requirements for universities offering Masters in Data Science in New Zealand are provided below: 

    Admission Requirements for the University of Auckland Masters in Data Science 

    For Master of Data Science

    • Bachelor of Science degree in data science or the relevant field
    • Minimum 4.5 GPA or 70% in an undergraduate degree
    • Minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 as a proof of English proficiency

    For the Master of Professional Studies in Data Science

    • Must have one of the following in a relevant field:
      • 4-year bachelors degree
      • 3-year bachelors degree and 1-year of a masters degree
      • Bachelors degree and 3 years of professional experience
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA or 60% at the undergraduate level
    • Minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 as a proof of English proficiency

    Admission Requirements for University of Otago Masters in Data Science

    • A bachelors degree in relevant field
    • Minimum 6.0 GPA or 75% at the undergraduate level
    • Minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 as a proof of English proficiency
    • Applicants without a relevant bachelors degree having practical experience in data science are also considered

    Admission Requirements for University of Canterbury Masters in Data Science

    • A bachelors degree in relevant field
    • Minimum 6.0 GPA or 75% at the undergraduate level
    • Approval from the Academic Dean of Science
    • Minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 as a proof of English proficiency

    Visa Requirement for International Students

    If you are going to New Zealand for studies and stay is more than 3 months long, you will need a New Zealand student visa. The process here takes hardly 20-25 days to complete.

    Fees of online student visa application fees are 14,609 INR + 722 INR (approximately). In the New Zealand Embassy of New Delhi, payment is accepted through a draft or credit card. International students applying for the student visa via post are required to pay 9,828 INR + 1087 INR (approximately). 

    The documents you need to provide are as follows:

    • Valid passport: Must be valid for at least three months beyond your period of stay in New Zealand
    • Completed Student Visa Application Form 
    • Application fee payment receipt
    • Offer letter of the institution approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
    • Health insurance receipt
    • Character certificates
    • Two passport-sized photographs
    • Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended
    • English Proficiency Test score
    • Proof of fund

    Additional documents may be requested during the visa interview. These may be required to prove your academic and financial status.

    Cost of Studying Masters in Data Science in New Zealand

    Cost of studying abroad can be divided into three parts: Pre-departure Costs, Tuition Fees, and Cost of Living.

    Pre Departure Cost

    Pre-departure expenses include the fees of various tests you undertake for studying in New Zealand, visa fees, airfare, etc. Some of these are provided below:

    Type of Expense Cost (in INR)
    New Zealand Visa Fees Online: 14,609 + 722; 
    By Post: 9,828 + 1087 
    IELTS Fees 16,999
    TOEFL Fees 20,101
    PTE Fees 17,044
    Application Fees Varies

    Typical flight charge from India to New Zealand is 47,284 INR, the amount varies depending on your city.

    Tuition Fees for Masters in Data Science in New Zealand

    Average tuition fees of universities offering masters in data science in New Zealand ranges between 19.3 lakhs INR to 27.15 lakhs INR per annum.

    Tuition Fees

    Cost of Living in New Zealand

    Living cost in New Zealand is 126% higher than India. Cities like Wellington, Auckland, and Queenstown can be pretty expensive. International students need a comprehensive financial plan to manage their expenses since travel and accommodation cost in New Zealand is 126% higher than in India.

    Cost of living varies from one city to another. Given below is a comparison of the accommodation expenses of three cities where universities offering Masters in Data Science in New Zealand are located. The costs mentioned below are a rough estimate so the actual value may vary slightly.

    City Average Cost of Living per Annum (in INR)
    Auckland (University of Auckland) 63,001-90,002
    Christchurch (University of Canterbury) 45,001-63,001
    Dunedin (University of Otago) 36,000-58,501

    Besides rent, the other expenses that you need to take into account are food, transportation, phone and internet bills, etc. The table given below will give you a brief idea of what an international student should expect while living in New Zealand:

    Types of Expenses Average Expenditure per Month (in INR)
    Food 8,965
    Transportation 5,379
    Phone & Internet 2,241
    Medical Expenses 2,241-4,482
    Clothing 8,965-13,447
    Entertainment 2,241-4,482
    Miscellaneous Expenses 4,482

    Scholarships for Masters in Data Science in New Zealand

    New Zealand offers scholarships to international students at all levels of study. Few of these scholarships are university-specific. Some of them are funded by the New Zealand Government.

    Below mentioned are some of the scholarships that a student of MS in Data Science in New Zealand can apply for are as follows: 

    Scholarship University Scholarship Stipend (in INR)
    International Students Excellence Scholarship University of Auckland 4.9 lakhs 
    Coursework Masters Scholarship University of Otago 4.9 lakhs
    Otago International Excellence Scholarship University of Otago 4.9 lakhs
    Alison MacGibbon Fund University of Canterbury 14,700

    The New Zealand Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade funds a bunch of scholarships meant for students in undergraduate and postgraduate studies. These scholarships usually cover tuition fees, return economy air travel, an establishment allowance upon arrival in New Zealand, medical insurance, basic living costs, etc.

    For more details on scholarships in New Zealand, click here

    Scope of Masters in Data Science in New Zealand

    Over the last decade, our Global focus has become more and more data-oriented. As a result, the demand for data science personals has grown tremendously. According to the Harvard Business Review, the hottest job of the 21st century is that of a Data Scientist.

    Statistics predict the increasing demand for data scientists coupled with a lack of adequate experts in this field will create an additional 11.5 million job openings by 2026. If Linkedin's findings are to be believed, data science has the highest demand in the field of computer science. 

    Following are the available jobs in New Zealand for data science graduates: 

    Jobs Average Salary per Annum (in INR) Recruiting Field
    Statistician 68.4 lakhs National Governments, Research Institutes, Consulting Companies
    Data Analyst 43.9 lakhs Telecommunication, Finance, Manufacture, Construction or Utility Companies
    Business Intelligence Analyst 39.1 lakhs Technical, Finance, Reporting Companies
    Data Scientist 38.2 lakhs Finance, Software Companies, Government Agencies
    Information Security Analyst 47.2 lakhs Software, Technical, Entertainment, Retail, Trade 

    Students can work for 12 months with any employer after their studies get over in New Zealand. If one gets a relevant job according to the specialty of the student, one can apply for a Post Study Work Visa (employee assisted). Also, New Zealand is one of the top 20 countries in the world to offer an excellent education to its students. To answer your question, yes pursuing your masters in data science is worth it and will eventually pay off. 

    FAQs

    Ques. What are the eligibility criteria for Masters in Data Science in New Zealand admission?

    Ans. Bachelor's in data science or equivalent subjects such as computer science, statistics, economics, mathematics is required to apply for a Masters in Data Science in New Zealand. Minimum percentage required in bachelors ranges between 60% to 75%. 

    Ques. What is the course duration for a Masters in Data Science in New Zealand?

    Ans. The duration of a full-time Masters in Data Science in New Zealand is 1 to 2 years comprising of 4 semesters.

    Ques. What are some of the top universities offering Masters in Data Science in New Zealand?

    Ans. Only three universities in New Zealand offer Masters in Data Science degree. These are University of Aukland, University of Otago, and University of Canterbury. 

    Ques. What is the tuition fee for a Masters in Data Science in New Zealand?

    Ans. The average tuition fee of Masters in Data Science in New Zealand is 19.3 lakhs to 42 lakhs INR.

    Ques. What is the starting salary of a data analyst in New Zealand?

    Ans. In New Zealand, the starting salary of a data analyst is 26 lakhs INR per annum which can increase up to 43.9 lakhs INR per annum with experience.