Colleges with Data Science Degrees

Colleges and Universities are slowly starting to notice the demand for employees with data science skills. Most of the programs are not named data science, but they all focus on producing data people. Below are a couple of the programs I have noticed so far.

Do you know of any other programs?

School Program On-Campus Online Degrees
Stevens Institute of Technology Business Intelligence & Analytics Yes Yes M.S.
iSchool @ Syracuse University Data Science Yes Yes Grad Certificate
North Carolina State University Analytics Yes No M.S.
Northwestern University Predictive Analytics / Analytics No/Yes Yes/No M.S.
Stanford University Data Mining Some Courses Yes Grad Certificate
University of Cincinnati Business Analytics Yes No M.S.
Oxford University Data and Systems Analysis ? Yes Undergrad Adv. Diploma
University of California San Diego Data Mining No Yes Grad Certificate
University of Washington Data Science Yes Yes Certificate
Georgia Southern University Computer Science with concentration in Data and Knowledge Systems No Yes M.S.
University of San Francisco Analytics Yes No M.S.
Louisiana State University Analytics Yes No M.S.
Michigan State University Business Analytics Yes No M.S.
College of Charleston Data Science Yes No B.S. and minor
University of Dundee Data Science Yes No M.S.
UC Berkeley iSchool Information Management and Systems Yes No M.S.I.S. & Ph.D.
Carnegie Mellon University Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Yes No (Global) M.I.S.M.
Loras College Business Analytics Yes No MBA
Central Connecticut State University Data Mining No Yes M.S.
George Mason University Informatics or Data Science yes No minor, B.S., M.S., PhD
New York University Data Science Yes No M.S.
The University of Manchester ACS: Data and Knowledge Management MSc Yes No MSc
University College London MSc Web Science and Big Data Analytics Yes No MSc
Dublin Institute of Technology MSc in Computing (Data Analytics) Yes No MSc
Sheffield Hallam University MSc Big Data Analytics Yes No MSc
Royal Holloway, University of London MSc in Big Data Yes No MSc
The University of Edinburgh Informatics MSc Yes No MSc
University College London MSc in Computational Statistics and Machine Learning Yes No MSc
University of Essex MSc Big Data and Text Analytics Yes No MSc
De Montfort University Business Intelligence Systems and Data Mining MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Yes No MSc/Certificate
University of Greenwich MSc Data Warehousing and Data Mining Yes No MSc
University of East Anglia MSc Knowledge Discovery and Datamining Yes No MSc
University of St Andrews MSc. Applied Statistics and Datamining Yes No MSc
University College London PhD Studentships in Statistics Available: “Big Data” and its Applications Yes No PhD
Aalborg University MSc Data Engineering Yes No MSc
Linköping University MSc Statistics and Data Mining Yes No MSc
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Msc in Business Analytics Yes No MSc
University of Milan-Bicocca Master of Business Intelligence & Decision Support Systems (MU1) Yes No MSc
Maastricht University MSc International Business (track: Business Intelligence) Yes No MSc
Aarhus University Business Intelligence MSc Yes No MSc
University of Helsinki MSc Algorithms and Machine Learning Yes No MSc
University of Antwerp MSc Computer Science (specialization: Databases) Yes No MSc
Dalarna University MSc Business Intelligence Yes No MSc
University of Bristol MSc Advanced Computing (Machine Learning and Data Mining) Yes No MSc
Aalto University MSc Machine Learning and Data Mining Yes No MSc
KTH Royal Institute of Technology MSc Machine Learning Yes No MSc
University of Westminster MSc Business Intelligence and Analytics Yes No MSc
Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) MSc Artificial intelligence and decision specialization (M2) Yes No MSc
Sheffield Hallam University MSc Database Professional Yes No MSc
Université de Nantes MSc Data Mining and Knowledge Management Yes No MSc
TELECOM SudParis MSc Automatic Data Processing Yes No MSc
University of Liverpool MRes Advanced Science (Computer Science pathway) (Data Mining) Yes No MSc
Carnegie Mellon University Very Large Information Systems Yes No M.S.
Brown University Big Data Yes No PhD
University of Washington Big Data Yes No PhD
Penn State University Social Data Analytics Yes No PhD
University of East London Data Mining and Knowledge Management Yes No MSc
University of Technology Syndney Master of Analytics Yes No MS
George Washington University Master in Business Analytics Yes No MS
Northwestern College (Iowa) Analytics Certificate No Yes Undergrad Certificate
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Data Science & Business Statistics Yes No MSc
Bournemouth University Applied Data Analytics Yes No MSc
University of Warwick Data Analytics Yes No MSc
University of Southampton Business Analytics and Management Sciences (BAMS) Yes No MSc
University of Kent Management Science (Business Analytics) Yes No MSc
University College Dublin Computer Science (Negotiated Learning) Yes No MSc
Swansea University Modelling, Uncertainty and Data Yes No MSc
Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Computing (Business Intelligence & Data Mining) Yes No MSc
St Joseph University, PA Business Intelligence Yes Yes MS
St Joseph University, PA Business Intelligence and Analytics No Yes MS
Pace University Customer Intelligence and Analytics Yes No MS
Fordham University Business Analytics Yes No MS
NYU Stern Business Analytics Yes No MS
USC CS with Data Science Yes No MS
Birmingham City University Business Intelligence Yes No MSc
University of Surrey Business Analytics Yes No MSc
Robert Gordon University Computing: Information Engineering Yes No MSc
The University of Manchester Information Management Yes No MSc
Sheffield Hallam University Web and Cloud Computing Yes No MSc
Brunel University Business Intelligence and Social Media Yes No MSc
Warwick Business School Business Analytics & Consulting Yes No MSc
University of Leicester Data Analysis for Business Intelligence Yes No MSc
University of Reading Advanced Computer Science Yes No MSc
Illinois Inst. of Tech Specializations in Data Science Yes No BS & MS
Bentley University Marketing Analytics Yes No MS
Bentley University Business Analytics Yes No Certificate
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Business Analytics Yes No M.S.
Dublin City University Computing (Data Analytics) Yes No MSc
University of Technology Sydney Analytics Yes No PhD
City University of New York (CUNY) Data Analytics No Yes MS
EISTI Graduate Engineering School (France) Business Analytics Yes No MSc
Polytechnic University of Turin Big Data Engineering Yes No MSc
Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg Data and Knowledge Engineering Yes No MSc
University of Konstanz Information Engineering Yes No MSc
Birkbeck, University of London Advanced Computing Technologies Yes No MSc
University of Strathclyde Business Analysis & Consulting Yes Yes MSc
Aston University MSc Business Analytics and Information Systems Management Yes No MSc
Manchester Business School Business Analytics Yes No MSc
Robert Gordon University Information Engineering Yes No MSc
Irish Management Institute Data Business Yes No MSc
University Of Texas Business Analytics Yes No MS
University Of Pittsburgh Big Data Analytics Yes No MSIS
University Of Southern California (USC) Data Science Yes No MS
Georgia Tech Computer Science with specialization in machine learning Yes No MS
Illinois Institute of Technology Data Science Yes No PM
Illinois Institute of Technology CS specialization in Data Analytics Yes No MS
University College Cork Data Science and Analytics Yes No MSc
Leeds Metropolitan University Business Intelligence Yes No MSc
Universities of Saint-Etienne (France) and Alicante (Spain) Machine Learning and Data Mining Yes No MSc
National College of Ireland Data Analytics Yes No High Dip.
Pompeu Fabra University Intelligent Interactive System Yes No MSc
Drexel University Business Analytics Yes No MS
University of Verona (Italy) Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management Yes No MSc
University of Chicago Analytics Yes No MS
University of California Berkeley Information and Data Science No Yes MIDS
University of Iowa Business Analytics Yes No BAIS
Carnegie Mellon University Machine Learning Yes No PhD
Northern Kentucky University Data Science Yes No B.S.
University of Michigan – Dearborn Business Analytics Yes No MS
Coventry University Data Science and Computational Intelligence Yes No MSc
Goldsmiths, University of London Data Science Yes No MSc
NUI Galway Computer Science (Analytics Spec.) Yes No M.E.
Royal Holloway, University of London Data Science and Analytics Yes No MSc
University of San Francisco Data Science Yes No B.S.
University of Otago Business Data Science Yes No MBusDataSc
UC Berkeley Extension Business Intelligence Yes No Certificate
UC Irvine Extension Predictive Analytics No Yes Certificate
UMUC Data Analytics No Yes M.S.
York University Business Analytics Yes No MSc
University of Warwick Data Science Yes No BSc
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Business Analytics Yes No MSc
University of Pisa Business Informatics Yes No MSc
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen Business Analytics and modeling Yes No MSc
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Business Information Management Yes No MSc
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Spec. in Data Mining and Business Intelligence Yes No MSc
Barcelona School of Management Universitat Pompeu Fabra Business Analytics Yes No MSc
National University of Singapore Business Analytics Yes No MS
University of Tennessee Business Analytics Yes No MS
Università degli Studi di Genova Statistics Mathematics And Data Management Yes No BSc
WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) Master of Science in Information Systems (IS) Yes No MSc
NOVA School of Statistics and Information Management (ISEGI NOVA) Master Degree in Information Management, Specialization in Information Systems and Technologies Management Yes No MSc
Mykolas Romeris University Business Informatics (Graduate) Yes No MSc
National University of Ireland, Galway MSc (Information Systems Management) Yes No MSc
Macquarie University, Sydney Australia Master of Data Science Yes No MSc
Deakin University Master of Business Analytics Yes No MSc
Columbia University Masters in Data Sciences Yes No MS
Texas A&M University M.S. in Analytics Yes No MS
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology M.S. in Analytics Yes No MS
Bowling Green State University M.S. in Analytics Yes No MS
Southern New Hampshire University M.S. in Data Analytics Yes Yes MS
University of Maryland University College M.S. in Data Analytics Yes Yes MS
DePaul University M.S. in Predictive Analytics Yes Yes MS
Brandeis University M.S. in Strategic Analytics Yes No MS
University of Connecticut M.S. in Business Analytics and Project Management Yes No MS
Arizona State University M.S. in Business Analytics Yes No BS, MS
M.S. in Information, Risk and Operations Management University of Texas at Austin Yes No MS
Cornell University M.Eng. concentration in Data Analytics Yes No MS
Rutgers University Master of Business and Science with concentration in Analytics Yes No MS
University of Maryland, College Park M.S. in Business with concentration in Marketing Analytics Yes No MS
Harvard University M.S. in Computational Science and Engineering Yes No MS
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign M.S. in Statistics with concentration in Analytics Yes No MS
Kennesaw State University M.S. in Applied Statistics Yes No MS
Southern Methodist University M.S. in Applied Statistics and Data Analytics Yes No MS
Imperial College London M.Sc in Computing (Machine Learning) Yes No MS
Cornell University Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Statistics (Option II: Data Science) Yes No MS
University of Alberta MSc in Statistical Machine Learning Yes No MS
Aarhus University Industrial PhD in Big Data analysis Yes No PhD
University of Washington PhD in Statistics, track in Machine Learning and Big Data Yes No PhD
Telecom Paristech Big Data Yes No MSc
Queen’s University Management Analytics Yes No MS
University of the Fraser Valley Data Analysis Yes No Certificate
Colorado Technical University C.S. Big Data Analytics No Yes D.C.S.
University of Colorado at Boulder Business Analytics Yes No MSBA
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Business Analytics Yes No MS, certificate, BS
U. of Arkansas Little Rock Information Quality Yes No MS, certificate, PhD
Maastricht University Artificial Intelligence Yes No MSc
TU Dormund (Germany) Data Science Yes No MSc
TU Dormund (Germany) Data Analysis and Data Management Yes No BSc
University of Rochester Data Science Yes No BS, MS, PhD
The Ohio State University Data Analytics Yes No BS
University of Texas at Dallas Business Analytics Yes No MS
Hong Kong University of Sci & Tech Business Intelligence Yes No BSc
University of Central Florida Data Mining Yes No MS, certificate
University of Leeds Computer Science (Data Analytics) Yes No MSc

Here is another similar list of colleges with bigdata/data science programs.

Updated: Last update June 2014

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  4. Hi,
    I’m confounded by the title of this post. The post is edifying, even a saviour for a person scouring the web for info on degrees germane, however there seems to be a discrepancy between data science and analytics.

    http://www.informationweek.com/software/business-intelligence/can-analytics-degree-bridge-the-business/240006245

    This article mentions the discrepancy.
    Furthermore I’d like to say, I’m just a dilettante; I could be wrong.

    Can you please Explain the difference between the two, if there is any.

    • I think there is large debate about the difference, but I would agree with the article. Data Science seems to come more from the computer science side and analytics appears to come from a business focus.

      • Palak,
        I would say most of the M.S. programs above would be suitable for a person with a B.S. in computer science. It is important to note that most data science/analytics degrees are going to have some level of business courses involved. That said, the North Carolina State program has been around for a few years. Plus, I think the Stevens program would be a good fit too. If you are interested in a PhD, Berkeley has a lot of good research going on in the area.
        Good Luck.

      • Due to the lack of business & statistics background, I’m looking for one which runs for a duration of about 15-20 months.
        Having gone through each and every one in the post, to me, Northwestern has the most appealing curriculum. However, its tuition is overwhelming.
        I visited the webpages listing the student profiles at NCSU and other M.S.A. degree programs, what I noticed is that most of the students already have some concrete experience &/or a solid math/stat background. I, on the other hand, possess none.
        I’ll, surely, look into Stevens’ curriculum, but doesn’t Cincinnati offer a similar curriculum?

      • Slight tangent, I have a BA in economics, advanced in Stata and have a decent background in math but have no CS experience. I’m more interested on the business side of data. Any recommendations on the type of programs I should look into to learn data science? My original plan was to do JC and coursera courses

      • Are you looking to go back to school for a bachelors/masters or just learn some extra skills? I would say learning a bit of computer programming would be beneficial for anyone wanting to get into data science.

      • Definitely not trying to do another bachelor’s, I’m trying gain sufficient knowledge to comfortably move into a business role in tech companies, then hopefully do a grad program after I have have a few more years of experience

  5. It’s not all about business!
    Some of the posts align data science and analytics with business applications. It’s important to keep in mind that scientists and researchers of all stripes are using statistical approaches, optimization, clustering, outlier detection and data cleansing methods, etc., not just analysts in the business world. In fact, some of the most sophisticated models come from outside of business. And, don’t forget the importance of analytics for finding features in non-structured data, such as images, text, 3-D models and simulations, etc. The large scope for data science and analytics was recently explored in a workshop: http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/exploratory-seminars/new-multidisciplinary-approach-data-understanding

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  7. Hey Ryan do you think for a B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) grad in Computer Science with work experience (ERP systems and Exposure of BI) of almost 2 years which MS in BA is more suitable -10 months FT (Full-Time) or >15 months FT.

    • That is a good question. I think some of the shorter 9-10 month masters degree programs are geared toward highly experienced business professionals. With only 2 years of experience, I am not sure you fit the “highly experienced” category. I would suggest a longer program for you, but that is just my opinion.

    • Don’t mean to intrude, I’m from a similar background with less work exp.
      Ryan is right, 2 year program would be better. If you observe the student profiles of such programs, you’ll find experienced professionals or freshers with a math/stat bachelors.
      I’m looking for a program with a longer duration too. CMU’s BIDA is the only one I could find. Hope it helps.

  8. Thanks Ryan & Palak..

    If you guys can give me info on universities which are offering greater than 15 months Full-Time course that will be of great help. As the course is new, there are some handful of universities and in them I am confused regarding which are the ones to go for. Moreover will it be a good option to go for universities that are not highly ranked but have introduced MS in BA.

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      • The message says “Unfortunately Imperial College Business School is no longer offering this programme.” The message is generic so it might be an error or they might really have stopped running this programme. Thanks

      • Malli,
        Thanks for sharing. I am seeing the error as well. However, the program was supposed to new this fall, so maybe it is an error. I will try to check the link in a few more days.

        Thanks,
        Ryan

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  19. MSc in Data Science and Analytics – Royal Holloway, University of London
    http://www.rhul.ac.uk/computerscience/prospectivestudents/postgraduatetaught/bigdata.aspx

    Informatics MSc – The University of Edinburgh
    http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/informatics/postgraduate/msc/msc-informatics

    MSc in Computational Statistics and Machine Learning – UCL
    http://www.csml.ucl.ac.uk/courses/msc_csml/

    MSc Big Data and Text Analytics – University of Essex
    http://www.essex.ac.uk/coursefinder/course_details.aspx?course=MSC+G51512

    Business Intelligence Systems and Data Mining MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert – De Montfort University
    http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/courses/postgraduate-courses/business-intelligence-systems-and-data-mining-msc.aspx

    MSc Data Warehousing and Data Mining – University of Greenwich
    http://www.cms.gre.ac.uk/postgraduate/dwadm.asp

    MSc Knowledge Discovery and Datamining – University of East Anglia
    http://www.uea.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-degree/detail/msc-knowledge-discovery-and-datamining

    MSc. Applied Statistics and Datamining – University of St Andrews
    http://www.creem.st-and.ac.uk/datamining/

    PhD Studentships in Statistics Available: “Big Data” and its Applications
    http://www.ucl.ac.uk/statistics/news/news-010212

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  21. In my previous post, I forgot:

    MSc Data Engineering – Aalborg University
    http://www.studyguide.aau.dk/programmes/postgraduate/55777/

    MSc Statistics and Data Mining – Linköping University
    http://www.liu.se/utbildning/pabyggnad/F7MSM?l=en

    Msc in Business Analytics – UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
    http://www.smurfitschool.ie/businessanalytics/

    Master of Business Intelligence & Decision Support Systems (MU1) – University of Milan-Bicocca
    http://www.bimasterbicocca.it/index.php?lang=en

    MSc International Business (track: Business Intelligence) – Maastricht University
    http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/show/id=378498/langid=42

    Business Intelligence MSc – Aarhus University
    http://kandidat.au.dk/en/economics-and-business-administration-business-intelligence/

    MSc Algorithms and Machine Learning – University of Helsinki
    http://www.cs.helsinki.fi/en/prospective/algorithms-and-machine-learning

    MSc Computer Science (specialization: Databases) – University of Antwerp
    http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.COMPUTERSCIENCE

    MSc Business Intelligence – Dalarna University
    http://www.du.se/en/bi

    MSc Advanced Computing (Machine Learning and Data Mining) – University of Bristol
    http://www.bristol.ac.uk/prospectus/postgraduate/2013/prog_details/ENGF/247

    MSc Machine Learning and Data Mining – Aalto University
    http://www.aalto.fi/en/studies/education/programme/machine_learning_data_mining_master/

    MSc Machine Learning – KTH Royal Institute of Technology
    http://www.kth.se/en/studies/programmes/master/programmes/it/machinelearning

    MSc Business Intelligence and Analytics – University of Westminster
    http://www.westminster.ac.uk/courses/subjects/business-information-systems/postgraduate-courses/part-time-evening-only/p09epbua-msc-business-intelligence-and-analytics

    MSc Artificial intelligence and decision specialization (M2) – Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)
    http://www.upmc.fr/en/education/diplomas/sciences_and_technologies/masters/master_of_computer_science/artificial_intelligence_and_decision_specialization_m2.html

    MSc Database Professional – Sheffield Hallam University
    http://www.shu.ac.uk/prospectus/course/200/

    MSc Data Mining and Knowledge Management – Université de Nantes
    http://www.em-dmkm.eu/

    MSc Automatic Data Processing – TELECOM SudParis
    http://www.telecom-sudparis.eu/msc?idm=25

    MRes Advanced Science (Computer Science pathway) (Data Mining) – University of Liverpool
    http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/faculty-of-science-and-engineering/school-of-electrical-engineering-electronics-and-computer-science/computer-science/mres/advanced-science-computer-sciences-data-mining-pathway/overview/

    MSc Advanced Computer Science (Data Analytics) – University of Leeds
    http://www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/computing/postgraduate/masters-advanced-computer-science-data-analytics/index.shtml

  22. Well done Ryan!

    I found other graduate programs:

    PhD in Big Data – Brown University
    http://cs.brown.edu/~kraskat/phd.html

    PhD in Computer Science with specialization in Big Data – University of Washington
    http://escience.washington.edu/blog/new-phd-tracks-big-data
    https://www.cs.washington.edu/research/bigdata/
    https://www.cs.washington.edu/prospective_students/grad/key_features/

    Social Data Analytics PhD – Pennsylvania State University
    http://bdss.psu.edu/education.html

    Data Mining and Knowledge Management MSc – University of East London
    http://www.uel.ac.uk/postgraduate/specs/datamining/

    Master of Analytics (Research) – University of Technology, Sydney
    http://www.handbook.uts.edu.au/courses/c03051.html

    Here is a good list of North American programs (most of which is already in your page)
    http://www.kdnuggets.com/education/usa-canada.html

    Best regard.

  23. MSc Advanced Computer Science – University of Reading
    “The content of the programme is driven by the current research in Computer Science across the School, such as computational intelligence, machine learning, data mining and predictive analytics, big data, brain-computer interface, computer vision, visualisation and interactive technologies.”
    http://www.reading.ac.uk/sse/pg-taught/sse-mscadvancedcomputerscience.aspx

    Data Analysis for Business Intelligence MSc – University of Leicester
    http://www2.le.ac.uk/study/postgrad/taught-campus/mathematics/analysis

    MSc Business Analytics & Consulting – Warwick Business School
    http://www.wbs.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/business-analytics-and-consulting/

    ACSwITM: Information Management MSc – The University of Manchester
    http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/programmes/acs/programmes.php?pathwayid=13&code=09304&pg=2

    Business Intelligence and Social Media MSc – Brunel University
    http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/N100PBUSINSM

    MSc Web and Cloud Computing – Sheffield Hallam University
    http://www.shu.ac.uk/prospectus/course/1064/content/

    PhD studentship in Big Data Analytics – University of Surrey
    http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=44278

    • I added these to the list. I did leave the bottom one off the list, since it is just a PhD in computing; it just happens that one of the professors is doing big data research.

      Thanks,
      Ryan

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  26. Hi Ryan,

    Great work on putting this list together. Here are a few more which I found:

    Fordham University, MS in Business Analytics-http://www.bnet.fordham.edu/academics/ms_programs/ms_business_analytics/index.asp

    NYU Stern, MS in Business Analytics-http://www.stern.nyu.edu/programs-admissions/global-degrees/business-analytics/index.htm

    USC, MS with Data Science major-http://www.cs.usc.edu/academics/masters/msdata.htm

    Thanks.

  27. Hi Ryan,

    Analyzing the list of possible courses, I find three groups:
    1. Online certificate courses
    2. On-campus certificate courses
    3. MS degree programs

    Now for a fresher in this domain (and not considering the course duration factor), which one of the above do you feel is the more relevant option? Further, are the certificate courses more suited for working professionals in the analytics domain?

    Thanks.

    • I think the on-campus MS degree programs are the best. I am guessing the online certificate programs are targeting working professionals.

      Thanks for commenting. I will try my best to answer any other questions.

      Ryan

      • Thanks for that input. To put a perspective in, these MS degree courses in data science go head to head primarily against the traditional MS degree in statistics. Would everyone here agree to the notion that for a long term leadership role the statistics degree holds more relevance (in designing studies, optimizing algorithms), while a data science degree is more of a present market requirement (jack of many trades!).

        While both are not mutually exclusive, but certainly a choice to be made. Which one should it be?

      • The scope of finding needle in haystack rather than statistical summarization is what is driving BigData. The processing at scale and algorithmic approach is what computer science brings in here in Data Science. So, it is different from the pure statistical courses.

  28. Birkbeck, University of London – MSc in Advanced Computing Technologies
    http://www.dcs.bbk.ac.uk/courses/mscact/
    http://www.dcs.bbk.ac.uk/courses/mscact/msc-act-booklet.pdf
    (Modules cover state-of-the-art techniques in areas including the management and analysis of ‘big data’, software development of information systems in cloud, mobile and web-based architectures, and computational methods for intelligent information management and analysis)

    University of Strathclyde – MSc Business Analysis & Consulting
    http://www.strath.ac.uk/mansci/prospectivestudents/mscbusinessanalysisandconsulting/

    Aston University – MSc Business Analytics and Information Systems Management
    http://www1.aston.ac.uk/aston-business-school/programmes/postgraduate/msc-programmes/msc-business-analytics-and-information-systems-management/

    Manchester Business School – MSc Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis
    http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/courses/analytics-operational-research-risk-analysis/index.aspx

    Robert Gordon University – MSc Computing: Information Engineering
    http://www.rgu.ac.uk/computing/study-options/postgraduate-taught-full-time/computing-information-engineering

    Irish Management Institute (IMI) & University College Cork (UCC) –
    MSc in Data Business
    http://www.imi.ie/news-and-events/we-mean-business-with-data-business/
    http://www.imi.ie/assets/brochures/2013/DipinDataBusinessBrochure2013.pdf
    (EMC and SAS are programme partners to the UCC-IMI Alliance in the launch of this programme)

  29. M.S. in Business Analytics – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    http://lallyschool.rpi.edu/academics/ms_ba.html

    http://www.intelligenthq.com/innovation-management/ibm-supported-masters-program-prepares-students-for-big-data-and-analytics-jobs/

    MSc in Computing (Major 1 – Data Analytics) – Dublin City University
    http://www.dcu.ie/info/about.shtml

    PhD majoring in analytics – University of Technology, Sydney
    http://cfsites1.uts.edu.au/aair/courses/detail.cfm?spk_cd=C02029&spk_ver_no=4

  30. Hey Ryan,

    Thank you for the list of colleges which offer data science courses.
    My question to you is which college would you suggest for MS course in Business Analytics keeping in mind that I’m a CS undergrad student and looking forward for this course immediately after I complete my undergrad studies.

    • Remember, these are just my opinions. I would suggest the program at Stevens, North Carolina State or NYU Stern. There are many other great programs on the list, so make sure to look at what are the exact specifics (courses, specialization, location, duration, …) you want.

      • Well I would prefer a mixture of business and data science.
        Other than these 3 colleges any more suggestions just on the basis of course and specialization?
        Thank you

  31. Bentley University in Waltham, MA offers an MS in Marketing Analytics as well as a graduate certificate and a concentration/specialization in Business Analytics in its day MBA program. Google for links

    • I have mulled over adding these programs. I decided against it since they do not belong to a college or university. The statistics.com programs are very good though. Maybe I will add an extra blog post to highlight the Statistics.com programs. Thanks for leaving the comment though.

  32. It’s hard to sort through all these options and make a decision.

    I have a BS in Computer Science with a minor in math, and am an experienced professional software engineer. I’ve been contemplating moving more into more of a business role such as analyst (or “data scientist”?), but I have a lot of programming experience which would be useful, too.

    Being able to solve data problems at scale will be important, given the amount of data that is available today. Traditional stats is not enough.

    It seems to me that the difference between analytics and “data science” is primarily one of scale. Knowing how to harness computing power to process large data sets requires more of a CS background.

    Some of my considerations for evaluating various programs are:

    - How much of an emphasis on fundamentals of statistics, math? More breadth and depth seems better, and should make one more adaptable as the technology changes.
    - This involves an inevitable tradeoff between scope and cost/time. The shorter programs cannot cover as much material as the longer ones, but they can be completed more quickly at a lower cost.
    - How important is the credential? Then one might optimize for name recognition. Does the name recognition of the institution matter?
    - Is my goal to get the credential or to learn? I want both, but I don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a certificate from an unrecognized school.
    - Online part-time vs. full-time on campus. Leaning towards online part-time since I don’t want to stop working.
    - What’s the value of the coursework outside of the certificate program? One of the options below seems geared towards life-long learners and also caters to corporate training.

    Thanks for your article. If you have any thoughts about how to evaluate these programs I would welcome them.

    I’m currently looking closely at:

    U of Washington
    UC San Diego
    statistics.com

    I liked these but ruled them out based on cost and time commitment:

    NCSU
    Stern NYU
    Stanford (the certificate program is 3 times as expensive as the state schools)

    • Nate,
      There is a lot of information here. I frequently get asked many similar questions. I think I am going to put together an “advice for data science graduate school” blog post. I will try to cover the topics you asked about above.

      Thanks for the very thought out comment, and look for the new blog post in the coming week.

      Ryan

  33. Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS), Big Data Analytics Specialization – University of Pittsburgh
    http://www.ischool.pitt.edu/ist/degrees/specializations/big-data.php

    Illinois Institute of Technology:
    - Master Of Computer Science With a Specialization in Data Analytics
    http://www.iit.edu/csl/cs/programs/grad/mcs_da.shtml

    - Master of Computer Science (Professional Master’s)
    http://www.iit.edu/csl/programs/professional_masters/data_science.shtml

    Master of Science in Computer Science (Data Science) – University of Southern California
    http://gapp.usc.edu/graduate-programs/masters/computer-science/data-science

    Master of Science in Computer Science, Specialization in Machine Learning – Georgia Tech
    http://www.cc.gatech.edu/future/masters/mscs/program

    MSc Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis – University of Manchester
    http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/courses/analytics-operational-research-risk-analysis/

    MSc Business Analytics and Information Systems Management – Aston Business School
    http://www1.aston.ac.uk/aston-business-school/programmes/postgraduate/msc-programmes/msc-business-analytics-and-information-systems-management/

  34. Master in Business Analytics : Architecture, Data Exploration and Optimization – EISTI Graduate Engineering School (Cergy-Pontoise, France)
    http://www.eisti.fr/en/master-business-analytics-architecture-data-exploration-and-optimization-adeo

    2nd level Specializing Master in Big Data Engineering – Polytechnic University of Turin
    https://didattica.polito.it/portal/pls/portal/sviluppo.master.html?cds=73&sdu=32&a_acc=2013&p=presentazione&l=en

    Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Data and Knowledge Engineering – Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
    http://www.uni-magdeburg.de/unimagdeburg/en/Education/Study+Guide/Study+Programmes+with+English+as+Language+of+Instruction/Data+and+Knowledge+Engineering.html

    Master’s degree program in Information Engineering – University of Konstanz
    http://www.informatik.uni-konstanz.de/en/interestedparties/master/

  35. MSc Business Intelligence — Leeds Metropolitan University
    http://courses.leedsmet.ac.uk/businessintelligencesas_msc

    International Master Program in Machine Learning and Data Mining –
    University of Alicante (Spain) & University of Saint-Etienne (France)
    http://www.iuii.ua.es/MLDM/overview.php

    Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics — National College of Ireland
    http://www.ncirl.ie/dynamic/File/Marketing/Springboard-booklet-2013-web.pdf (p. 6)

    Master of Intelligent Interactive System — Pompeu Fabra University (Spain)
    http://www.upf.edu/iis/program.html

  36. Hey Ryan, I’m currently enrolled in the College of Charleston’s program of data science and wanted to inform you that they updated the program. It is now called Data Science instead of Discovery Informatics and is now not only a minor, but a major offered as a BS or BA in a full undergraduate program. On campus only though, I’m afraid. Just letting you know :)

      • Ryan,
        Thanks for asking! Im still fairly new to the program, having just taken the introductory class last semester, but I can tell you that the subject is wildly fascinating. For someone who grew up on the internet and while being intrigued with the capabilities of information technology (weird, i know), the possibilities I that I see with this education are endless! We have some AMAZING department heads that keep the courses interesting and and subject matter extremely relevant. For someone that has struggled for quite some time to find a proper career direction, I couldn’t see my self pursuing anything else!

        Jon

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  38. Hi Ryan -great effort to put this info all together. Definitely helped me identify a program of my choice. Was wondering if it’d be better to arrange the programs on a ‘country-wise’ basis.

  39. Hey the course offered by Royal Holloway, University of London has three related big data degrees
    1) MSc in Computational Finance
    2) MSc in Machine Learning (Very Theoretical and has strong Math Content)
    3) MSc in Data Science and Analytics(Very Applied and Practical)

    They also all come in with one year in industry but only for qualified individuals.

    Have a look @ there website the core modules information is available in detail now.

    http://www.rhul.ac.uk/computerscience/prospectivestudents/postgraduatetaught/bigDataCourses.aspx

    Have fun guys

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  42. Hi Ryan,
    You’ve been doing a great job here!
    I wanted to ask you (and other readers) some advice.
    I have a BSc in Economics and want to pursue a career in statistics/BI/data mining.
    Besides some basic statistics, while I had some middle management jobs, I didn’t have any job experience on those fields. I started to study on my own programming and reading about database systems.
    So, I am interested in knowing what I should do. (To do a MSc is on the top of my list, but) what kind of studies should I start?

    On a side note, I recently moved to another country and possibly will move again next year. If pursuing a PG degree, maybe I should take the distance learning mode. The problem is that I don’t seem to find many that are affordable to a young professional.
    I wouldn’t mind your take on that as well.
    Thanks in advance and keep up the good work!

    • First, I have been very slow about responding to this and many other comments. Sorry. Your question entails a lot. Here is my first question to you. What are you hoping to do? I promise to answer much quicker this time.

      Thanks,
      Ryan

  43. HI Ryan.. Great Work!!! I am also looking for Big data graduate course but i am aiming only for Canada. I am wondering if you can help me to know which all universities are providing course in data analytic. Also it will be great if you can suggest which course is the best for full time.

    • I am not real familiar with the colleges/universities in Canada. Here is what I can tell you. York University offers a Business Analytics program (now on the list above). It is one year full-time. That is the only “data science” program I know about in Canada. However, both Simon Fraser and University of Toronto offer machine learning classes and have some research interests in data science/NLP/data mining. Thus you could attend one of those schools and tailor your program towards big data.

      I hope that helps. Thanks for commentting,
      Ryan

  44. MSc Business Analytics – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    http://www.vu.nl/nl/opleidingen/masteropleidingen/opleidingenoverzicht/a-b/business-analytics/index.asp

    Laurea Magistrale (master’d degee) in Business Informatics – University of Pisa
    http://www.unipi.it/index.php/ects/ects?ects_id=WBI-LM

    MSc in Business Administration, specialization Business Analysis and Modelling – Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
    http://www.ru.nl/businessadministration/@690228/pagina/

    MSc Business Information Management – Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
    http://www.rsm.nl/master/msc-business-information-management/curriculum/starting-point/electives/big-data-and-business-analytics-block-5/

    M.Sc. Information Systems Engineering with Specialization in Data Mining and Business Intelligence – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
    http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/engn/ise/Pages/Data_Mining_BI_En.aspx

    M.Sc. Business Analytics – Barcelona School of Management Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    http://www.barcelonaschoolofmanagement.upf.edu/msc-programme-in-business-analytics/presentation?utm_source=studyportals&utm_medium=link&utm_content=13_14-Studyportals-tracking-mscmgt-CMP-05253-GMXVRV&utm_campaign=CMP-05253-GMXVRV

  45. MSc Business Analytics – National University of Singapore
    http://msba.nus.edu/

    M.Sc in Computing (Machine Learning) – Imperial College London
    http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/computing/teaching/pg/mcsml

    Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Statistics (Option II: Data Science) – Cornell University
    http://stat.cornell.edu/academics/mps

    MSc in Statistical Machine Learning – University of Alberta
    https://www.cs.ualberta.ca/graduate-students/msc-program-requirements/statistical-machine-learning

    MS in Information, Risk and Operations Management, with a Business Analytics concentration – McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
    http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/business-analytics.aspx

    Course “CSCI E-63 Big Data Analytics” – Harvard Extension School
    http://www.extension.harvard.edu/courses/big-data-analytics

    Industrial PhD in Big Data analysis – Aarhus University
    http://icoa.au.dk/news/single/artikel/seeking-candidate-for-industrial-phd/

    PhD in Statistics, track in Machine Learning and Big Data – University of Washington
    http://www.stat.washington.edu/graduate/programs/machinelearning/

  46. Very nice list Ryan!
    I’m currently going between Northwestern and National University of Singapore.
    Here’s the link to the NUS : http://msba.nus.edu/home , you already have the NWU

    Does anyone have rankings on the programs? I know most are new but I also wonder about placement during and after graduation rates.

    If anyone has any guidance I would really love to hear it.

    J

    • Thanks for the link, it is now on the list. I am not aware of any rankings. It is probably because many of the programs are new and do not even have graduates yet. The North Carolina State program is the exception. That program has been around a while and has a very good reputation.

  47. Dear Ryan,
    SMID could be of interest for your great list.
    It is a BS degree running in Genoa, Italy since 2001 before the name ‘data science’ was fashionable.
    Its nickname SMID stands for Statistics Mathematics and Data Management http://www.dima.unige.it/SMID/

    It is very similar to the new BS degree in Data Science at the Department of Statistics, Warwick.

    Regards
    Eva

  48. Master of Data Science – Macquarie University, Sydney Australia
    http://courses.mq.edu.au/postgraduate/master/master-of-data-science

    Master of Business Analytics – Deakin University
    http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/courses/course.php?course=M760&stutype=local&keywords=information+systems
    http://www.cio.com.au/article/446248/skilling_up_deakin_uni_big_data_analytics_program/

    Masters in Data Sciences – Columbia University
    http://idse.columbia.edu/masters

    M.S. in Analytics – Texas A&M University
    http://analytics.stat.tamu.edu/

    M.S. in Analytics – Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
    http://www.harrisburgu.edu/academics/graduate/analytics/

    M.S. in Analytics – Bowling Green State University
    http://www.bgsu.edu/gradcoll/programs/page136074.html

    M.S. in Data Analytics – Southern New Hampshire University
    http://www.snhu.edu/online-degrees/graduate-degrees/data-analytics-ms-online.asp

    M.S. in Data Analytics – University of Maryland University College
    http://www.umuc.edu/academic-programs/masters-degrees/data-analytics.cfm

    M.S. in Predictive Analytics – DePaul University
    http://www.cdm.depaul.edu/academics/Pages/MS-In-Predictive-Analytics.aspx

    M.S. in Strategic Analytics – Brandeis University
    http://www.brandeis.edu/gps/courses/programs/listings/strategic-analytics.html

    M.S. in Business Analytics and Project Management – University of Connecticut
    http://msbapm.uconn.edu/

    M.S. in Business Analytics – Arizona State University
    http://wpcarey.asu.edu/masters-programs/business-analytics

    University of Texas at Austin – M.S. in Information, Risk and Operations Management
    http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/business-analytics.aspx

    M.Eng. concentration in Data Analytics – Cornell University
    http://www.orie.cornell.edu/orie/academics/master/index.cfm

    Master of Business and Science with concentration in Analytics – Rutgers University
    http://psm.rutgers.edu/programs/analytics

    M.S. in Business with concentration in Marketing Analytics – University of Maryland, College Park
    http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/programs/ms-programs

    M.S. in Computational Science and Engineering – Harvard University
    http://www.seas.harvard.edu/computational-science-and-engineering/master-science-cse

    M.S. in Statistics with concentration in Analytics – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    http://www.stat.illinois.edu/degrees/msanalytics.shtml

    M.S. in Applied Statistics – Kennesaw State University
    http://math.kennesaw.edu/academics/grad/MSAS/index.html

    M.S. in Applied Statistics and Data Analytics – Southern Methodist University
    http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/Departments/Statistics/AppliedMSProgram

    Survey of Graduate Degree Programs in Analytics (in the USA):
    http://analytics.ncsu.edu/?page_id=4184

  49. Ryan,

    Thank you for the extensive list. I am currently an undergraduate student who just recently discovered the field of data science and would like to start applying to graduate programs in the near future. First, would it be worth it to do a data science certificate program if my undergrad major is not related to computer science/math/statistics? And I’m very interested in doing analytics in sports. Is there any avenue in particular I should focus on?

    • If you want to get a master’s degree, I see no point in getting the certificate first. Just look for a program were you think you will fit in an succeed. Many of the programs have different prerequisites and coursework. I am actually not aware of any programs that currently focus on sports analytics, however there are a number of companies that focus on sports analytics. Maybe see if you could intern with one of those companies. Thanks for reading the blog.

  50. Ryan,

    Thanks for this helpful list.
    Would be interresting to be able to filter/sort on the school’s countries.

    In France, Telecom Paristech has just opened an Advanced Master degree in Big data : Large Scale Data Management & Analysis
    http://www.telecom-paristech.fr/formation-continue/masteres-specialises/big-data.html

    Regards,

    PS : a small mistake in the c/p for “ISTI Graduate Engineering School (France)”, it’s “EISTI Graduate Engineering School (France)”

    • Thank you for the comment. I updated the EISTI mistake. Thanks for that correction. Sorting and Filtering would be nice, but wordpress doesn’t really support that. Your link is added to the list.

      Thanks,
      Ryan

  51. Master of Science in Information Systems (IS) – WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
    http://www.wu.ac.at/programs/en/master/is/structure/firstyear

    Master Degree in Information Management, Specialization in Information Systems and Technologies Management – NOVA School of Statistics and Information Management (ISEGI-NOVA)
    http://www.isegi.unl.pt/MGI/Especializacao/Gestao-Sistemas-Tecnologias-Informacao/Detalhe-do-Curso/plano-de-estudos.asp

    Business Informatics (Graduate) – Mykolas Romeris University
    https://stdb.mruni.eu/studiju_programos_aprasas.php?id=2481&l=en

    MSc (Information Systems Management) – National University of Ireland, Galway
    http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/information-systems-management.html

  52. Queen’s University, Master of Management Analytics
    http://business.queensu.ca/grad_studies/mma

    You have a great list here, I believe the most comprehensive on the web. I know that us viewers can’t dynamically sort it or filter it. However, it would be great if you can sort it alphabetically at least, and ideally sort it alphabetically by US state and country. It would still be a static list, but it would be immeasurably more useful, as searching for programs will be very easy and quick.

    Need your opinion: I know NCSU’s program is probably the best one in the US, and I think you agree. Which other US programs in analytics would you select to make a list of the top 5-10 programs? Thanks!

    • First, thanks for the college link to Queen’s. I added it to the list.
      Next, I love the idea of a more searchable/filterable list. Listudy.com kind of helps with that, but it is not to that point yet.

      About graduate programs, I don’t really have a top 5 list. I would put NCSU in the top 5, but I may put the NYU program at #1. I think I would also rate the Berkeley online program pretty high. I should maybe put together a top 5 list and post it to my blog. The problem is: I have no real criteria for making such a ranking (most of the programs are very new).

      Thanks,
      Ryan

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  54. Hi Ryan,
    Firstly, thanks for compiling the list.
    I have been accepted for this course by University of Mich – Dearbon and Stevens Institute of Technology.
    Can you please give me an input as in which course is better study and placement wise??
    I am from Finance background and have work exp of 5 yrs as business Analyst – IT for Investment bank Research project.

    Thanks
    Manjiri

    • Remember, this is my opinion and I do not have experience with either program. I would think both programs would be good, but I would favor Stevens due to its location close to New York City. New York City is a major data hub currently. That is my opinion, take it or leave it.

      Thanks for the comment,
      Ryan

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  56. I would add Maastricht University’s MSc in Artificial Intelligence Programme (2 Years fulltime)
    imo more related to Data Science than the present Maastricht University’s Business Intelligence Programme.

    http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/Schools/DKE/TargetGroup/ProspectiveStudents/MastersProgrammes/ArtificialIntelligence.htm

    Furthermore, the german taught Programm from TU-Dortmund is one of the best Data Science Programmes in Germany (TU Dortmund developed RapidMiner machine learning software) BSc and MSc are available at TU Dormund.

    http://www.statistik.tu-dortmund.de/701.html [BSc]
    http://www.statistik.tu-dortmund.de/703.html [MSc]

    Regards,

    P

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  58. This is an awesome list. You seem to have a wealth of knowledge on this subject so here’s a question I have been wondering about.

    I am a year out of a Math/Stat (heavy R coding) BS degree. I have a great job doing predictive analytics in sports, but would like to get a graduate degree to further my education. Thus, it has to be online.

    I am looking mainly for an increase in Bayesian learning while also improving my overall business analytics skills (as I only did pure stats in undergrad). Any thoughts would be so helpful!

    • Sorry about the very late response. I cannot actually find a link for the data science degree at Case Western. It appears they want to start an undergrad program, but it is not final yet.

  59. Thanks, Ryan!!! I’m writing a paper on the emergence of data science and your list has been very helpful in identifying university departments across the country who are training future data scientists.

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  62. I am looking for universities in Oregon area to do MS in Data Analysis for Business Intelligence. Anybody know about that?

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  65. I currently work as HR Data specialist and I am interested in HR Analytics, HR reporting, and HR Metrics. Any advice on programs that might be helpful for these areas? I live in the New York City Area and my undergradaute degree is in psychology.

    • Honestly, I am not familiar with the HR analytics specialty. I will say NYC is a hotbed for data science education programs. Between CUNY, Columbia, and NYU; you should be able to find a program to meet your needs. NYU is expensive, but they have a number of data science/analytics programs offered via many departments. Also, the Northwestern online program might be a good fit too. I would suggest picking a program with more of a business analytics approach.

      Thanks for asking,
      Ryan

  66. University of Maryland University College data analytics program is available online. Same with Southern New Hampshire University and DePaul (just a few that I know about).

  67. University of Leeds also provides MSc in Advanced computer science(Data analytics), how about that. What is the reputation of this particular course from Leeds any comments on this one.

  68. Hi Ryan
    This is quite appreciable !! good work.
    However, I find very less Canadian universities offering masters in data science both in the above list and on their respective sites. Do you have any general idea about how good they are?

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  70. hi ryan, first thanks for the amazing list it is a resource of immense value..

    im an industrial engineer with 1 year work experience in sql and R analytics..

    ive been looking at the masters and many of them require a computr science background which i dont have.. i know the basics of coding and i a am a hands on learner.. but i cant prove that in an admission..

    which master would you recommend for my situation? thanks in advance

    • You are welcome. I do have some follow-up questions for you. Do you want to learn computer science? What exactly are your goals?

      With your background, I think you have the potential to get into some computer science MS programs. If you want to stay more on the business side, there are many great business analytics programs on the list. It all depends upon your goals.

      Thanks,
      Ryan

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