MBA MSDS Dual Degree

  • The MBA/Master of Science in Data Science (MBA+MSDS) aims to provide the robust training and cutting-edge tools ideal for students who plan to pursue a variety of career fields, from technology to entrepreneurship to consulting. The MBA/MSDS dual-degree program at the University of Virginia provides a Master of Science in Data Science degree from UVA’s Data Science Institute (DSI) and an MBA from the Darden School of Business. In just 24 months, students are immersed in the DSI’s rigorous academic and applied research program and Darden’s top-ranked general management program, graduating with two advanced degrees from one of the top universities in the world.

    If you have Darden admissions-related questions, please go to Darden's admissions site or contact Catie Yeilding.

  • Program timeline

    • The MBA program is run by quarter (7 weeks) and the MSDS program is run by semester (14 weeks). MBA quarter 1 and 2 is equivalent to the MSDS Fall semester and the MBA quarter 3 and 4 is equivalent to the MSDS Spring semester. 
    • Darden Dual Degree students are required to complete ONE Darden Worldwide Course over two years. However, some of the MSDS classes overlap with the Darden Worldwide Course so that has to be planned appropriately. 
    • During the MBA summer internship there are two MSDS online courses.

      See a full timeline here (link to PDF)

    capstone project examples


      Build a model to identify high growth customers or brands.

      The project would build a tool for COMPANY to predict which of its current small customers or brands are likely to grow rapidly in the future. Such a tool can be used to prioritize sales efforts to potential high growth customers.
    • financial inclusion

      This project will identify factors that affect an individual's decision to pursue and obtain traditional banking, including barriers to entry.
    • sku optimization 

      Build a model to optimize the number of designs (i.e. different widths) of paper rolls shipped to conversion facilities.

      The project would need to consider demand trends to identify the optimal number of widths to produce in order to obtain the right balance between production costs and wastage at conversion facility. Having a large number of SKUs reduce waste at the conversion facility, but increases the cost of production.


    • In 2017, WestRock served as the lone corporate
      partner, working directly with students and providing
      data for two capstone projects.
    • In 2018, the cohort doubled and 4 companies*
      committed to capstone projects.
    • Companies work in partnership with Darden faculty
      to craft the project question(s) and with students
      throughout the lifetime of the capstone (18 months).

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    * All participating companies are represented on the Corporate Advisory Board.