The participation to the Master is reserved to students who, within the starting date of the master, have earned the master degree. The master is interdisciplinary, since the training of "data scientists" requires a mix of multi-disciplinary expertise to deal with the technological, analytical, narrative and ethical aspects of Big Data. To fully realize the objectives of the master, it is desirable the presence of students with diverse backgrounds who lead to a variety of output figures, valuing the different facets of the scientist profession.

The participation to the master assumes technical and scientific, engineering, socio-economic and humanities knowledge, as well as a proven ability of the student to use the technologies of communication and information.

The Master starts with a course of Alignment aiming to align the basic IT and analytical skills of students, particularly in the fields of databases, exploratory data analysis and programming.

Among the eligible candidates, one of the preference criteria is the greatest increase in knowledge that the training of the master may make, with respect to initial knowledge of the student.

Students who have successfully completed all required training activities, will receive her Master's Degree signed by the Rector of the University of Pisa.