Artificial Intelligence & Big Data Analytics

Master Program*

at Novosibirsk State University**

The innovative project-oriented master in Data Science
led by the minds that envision and hands that shape the future of Big Data World.
Your degree will read Master of Science.
Only because our "Wizard" degree is not yet official.

2024 intake is open

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* - in Top 10 Leading Analytics Courses in Asia 2016, by Analytics India Magazine
** - Top second in Emerging Europe & Central Asia Universities 2019, by QS Rankings

* June 30, 2024 application deadline
* 2 years full-time study
* $6'500 per year tuition (up to 25% discounts available)


1. Research opportunities in real world-class science

You will learn not only how to apply data science and machine learning methods, but will have an opportunity to develop new or upgrade existing ones, for example improvement training procedure of state of-the-art neural network.

2. Project based and practical-oriented learning

You will gain experience in projects with real tasks from our partners. Program is designed so that you are involved in all stages of Data Science and Machine Learning project development and implementation cycle beginning with understanding of business needs, trough detailed project planning and management, ending up with implementation of new product or technology.

3. PhD opportunities

This program also opens up possibilities for a PhD in NSU and the world's leading universities.

4. Wide range of hot domains

You will have an opportunity to apply your data science and machine learning skills in leading scientific and industrial domains such as Oil and Gas, Healthcare, Social networks, Cognitive data science, Telecommunications, Instrumentation.

5. Hackathons and data science competitions with tricky and unsolved tasks

You will have an opportunity to participate or to manage hackathons held by Artificial Intelligence & Big Data Analytics master program and our partners.

6. Career

Faculty alumni work for such companies as Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Parallels, Yandex, Kaspersky, Huawei etc.


True Data Scientist solves the problem by combining the hardcore science and breakthrough data mining technologies with inexplicable art of human understanding. As a student you will take part in real projects, working with the team through all the project stages to acquire deep knowledge and master your skills in analyzing the core problems of your customer, planning and managing project resources, engineering software, collecting and processing all sorts of data, and discovering the precious insights that put the whole data puzzle together.

Software Engineering

Python, TensorFlow, Git, Storage Technologies, MapReduce, Hadoop, Project management, Distributed Computing Systems, Project management Practice, Agile


Business Analysis, Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence, Information Theory and Cryptography, Technology Entrepreneurship

Machine Learning

Digital Images Processing, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Methods of Operation Research, Formal Semantics


Each student can select a domain of his own interest. Courses specified for domains are served by companies, which have a great experience in applying data analysis technique to solve cutting edge problems.


1st Semester

Core courses
Optional courses
  • Russian for Foreigners

2nd Semester

Core courses Elective courses
  • Deep Learning
  • Formal Semantics
Optional courses
  • Russian for Foreigners

4th Semester

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Evgeniy Pavlovskiy

Certified EMC Data Science Associate, PhD in Math.

Bair Tuchinov

Head of the Stream Data Analytics and Machine Learning lab.

Ivan Bondarenko

Researcher at SDAML Lab, NSU, Researcher at Huawei, DL for NLP lecturer.

Alexander Savostyanov

PhD in Biology, PhD in Philosophy, Senior Researcher at Research Institute of Physiology.

Denis Bondarenko

Chief Technology Officer at IMTS.Pro, Storage Technology courses lecturer

Grigoriy Khazankin

Certified CCNA, Research engineer, Treasurer of IEEE Russia Siberia Section, ISOC Russia Chapter Board Member, Biomedial Engineering course lecturer.

Nikolay Tolstokulakov

NVidia Deep Learning InstituteCertified DLI NVidia teacher, Lecturer of Introduction to Machine Learning.

Vyacheslav Mukhortov

Project Management InstituteCertified PMI, Project Management course lecturer, director of Inteks LLC.

Valeria Idrisova

Engineer-researcher at Sobolev Institute of Mathematics.

Vadim Polyuga

Education technology inventor.

If you want to be as successful as our team welcome to the Program!




Tuition fee: $6'500 (USD) per year. Discount up to 25% for the proved Python and research experience.

Deadline for application is: June 30, 2024.

Requirements: see file.

You also may apply for scholarship from Russian Government, which covers full tuition and monthly stipend. Deadlines are special for countries.

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What background do you expect the admitting students to have? What are the admission requirements

The entrant to the Program should have an educational diploma. It should be certificate or some analogous document on program of level of a bachelor degree in the field of:

  • Mathematics
  • Informatics
  • Natural science (physics, chemistry, biology, geology, etc.)
  • Economics
  • Linguistics

This program must include a mathematical course (courses) with basic elements of mathematical logic, discrete structures, probability theory and mathematical statistics, linear algebra, programming languages, algorithms.

What are the minimum GPA requirements?

There is no special criteria for GPA. We consider application documents in a complex way. Of course it's better when it is high, but we look mostly on math and computer subjects grades. But even if grades are not excellent we appreciate more you attitude to Data Science (in motivation letter), understanding of the state of art, experience and ability to self-study.

What skills do you value?

You should have at least basic understanding of mathematical logic, discrete structures, probability theory and mathematical statistics, linear algebra. Programming skills are highly valuable, but not obligatory. We also have a significant amount of teamwork during project-based courses, so soft-skills will be also useful.

Will this program admit students with non-quantitative degree?

The program of your previous education must include a mathematical course (courses) with basic elements of mathematical logic, discrete structures, probability theory and mathematical statistics, linear algebra, programming languages, algorithms.

How the applicants' English proficiency is evaluated?

All students must have proven English language proficiency before enrolling and must provide an English Language Proficiency Certificate. To evaluate the applicants' English proficiency we use the test scores on the proficiency tests. Minimal test score requirements are as follows:

Language Certificate
Minimal passing
TOEFL IBT (Internet Based)
TOEFL PBT (Paper Based)
CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
CAE (Certificate of Advanced English)
BEC Higher (Business English Certificate)

Applicants who are graduates of bachelor’s programs, on which the official language of instruction was English, are exempt from providing a language certificate. In that case in your diploma or transcripts it is written that previous education was in English.

Do I need to provide an English Language Proficiency Certificate if I’m a native speaker or my previous education was in English?

Native speakers and applicants who are graduates of bachelor’s programs, on which the official language of instruction was English, are exempt from providing a language certificate. In that case in your diploma or transcripts it is written that previous education was in English.

Is knowledge of Russian language necessary?

Some knowledge of Russian language for scientific and household communication is also useful, but not necessary. We provide additional courses of Russian Language for foreigners as an optional course.

Why should I choose this program?

The program combines strong scientific basis, scientific career opportunities, project oriented learning with lots of practice and application of Big Data Analysis and Machine learning tools for cutting edge industries.

What kind of benefits I can get by taking this program such as certifications and additional score of entrance?

During education if have good academic success you can apply for double degree from partner University in France: EISTI

Is there a scholarship opportunity for foreign students?

Every year foreign students have an opportunity to apply for the Russian Government Scholarship which covers full tuition and a monthly allowance. Travel costs, living expenses and health insurance policy are not included. The Scholarships are granted on a competitive basis. Selection criteria and procedure as well as the number of scholarships depend on the country of applicant. The application procedure starts in January. Deadline depends on the country of applicant (March-June). For details please visit

When do the semesters start?

First semester starts 1st of September. Second september starts in the second week of February.

Do you provide dormitory?

Yes, we provide dormitory - one bed in a double room in a block of two rooms. The cost is 1,050 rub (about 18 USD).

All additional information regarding Accommodation and Living costs is available here

How can I get exact information such as visa or extra fee, like health insurance and dormitory?

All additional information regarding Accommodation, Living costs, Climate in Novosibirsk, Student and campus cards, Visa during your studies Telephone and Internet, Healthcare, medical insurance is available here.


The real science

Novosibirsk State University is located in the world-famous scientific center – Akademgorodok. 80% of NSU faculty members are scientists from the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. So education is carried out in close connection with the world-class scientific achievements. Ranking specialists especially point out the unique R&D atmosphere of the Academgorodok center where Novosibirsk State University is located. Video

One of the best universities in Russia

According to the QS experts, Novosibirsk State University is the 2nd best Top 10 Universities in Emerging Europe & Central Asia 2019. Compared to 2018, NSU improved its position in engineering and technical sciences, took 182 place and rose by 18 points. Novosibirsk State University has once again entered the group 51-100 in physics and astronomy, and this result supports the 68th place of NSU in the ranking of natural sciences. There is also stability in the areas of "Mathematics" and "Philosophy" – 3 consecutive years, the University is in the group 101-150 and 151-200, respectively. Read more about NSU rankings here.

Capital of Siberia without capital's living costs

Students can get a top education while not breaking the bank like many peers in Europe, Australasia, or North America. Even in the capital of Siberia, Novosibirsk, a meal and a drink in town costs just $5 or so and $2-3 in the student’s cafeteria, average monthly rent for a 45 metres squared property is around $270 and around $18 in a dormitory. Please read more about accomodation options and living costs here

Unique Siberian nature

Campus of Novosibirsk State University is surrounded by beautiful pine forest. "It’s like in the woods!" – that's what people say when they come to Akademgorodok for the first time. You can easily meet a hedgehog on your way to the university, or see the wild ducks living in the local pond; and the squirrels are so used to living next to people that they do not run away, and happily pose for Instagram. Let you not afraid of siberian winter.

Modern campus and facilities

The dormitory for international students are just few minutes walk from the university main building. There are comfortable double rooms equipped with everything you need including a spacious closet in a hallway, shelvel, tables, nightstands, comfortable be and your own shower. NSU Sports center is one of the largest in Novosibirsk. You can read more about campus here take a video-tour of Novosibirsk State University here.


Many foreigners associate Siberia with a very harsh climate. That is only partly true. The weather in Novosibirsk is not as extreme as it is usually expected. The city is located in Western Siberia which is characterized by a milder climate. The Altai Mountains in the South protect the region of Novosibirsk and creates a microclimate: winter is not as tough as in neighboring regions and the air is not too dry. Novosibirsk is sunny throughout the year and there are not many rainy days.

Winter is usually very sunny and fluffy snow is everywhere from December to March. Don’t forget to practice some winter sports! The average winter temperature is -15 ° C, and the coldest period lasts approximately 2-3 weeks in January and February, when the temperature drops to -30-35 ° C. However, because of the dry climate, it does not feel as cold x as it might seem and it is easy to protect yourself by wearing warm clothes.

Summer is usually hot in Novosibirsk. The average daily temperature in July, the warmest month, is +25 ° C, and there are sometimes hot periods up to + 30 /+ 35 ° C. Water in the rivers and in the artificial sea (the “Ob Sea”) gets warm so locals enjoy spending time at the beach and swimming.

Academpark - IT and Hi-tech Innovation Cluster and Incubator

Total of 100 large and 1700 medium and small hi-tech companies. Including headquarters or offices of

  • Parallels
  • Microsoft
  • Yandex
  • 2Gis
  • Eltex


630090 Pirogova Street, 2
Novosibirsk, Russia

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The Program "Artificial Intelligence & Big Data Analytics" provides participation both foreign students and graduates of the Russian higher education institutions.
The program candidates must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. The University offers help with the validation of the diploma for the Russian education system. An applicant receives a personal conditional offer upon successful evaluation of the application package.
All students must have proven English language proficiency before enrolling and must provide an English Language Proficiency Certificate. Applicants who are graduates of bachelor's programs, on which the official language of instruction was English, are exempt from providing a language certificate.

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