We’ve just completed an update of the 2017 online Master of Analytics and Data Science programs that are actively advertising on the web. We found 59 total online master’s programs in this category: 42 are Master of Analytics (usually offered through Business Schools), and 17 are Master of Data Science (offered through Information Technology Schools). Six of these degrees are low-residency or hybrid programs that require students to complete some coursework on campus; the remainder are fully online.
Strong Job Prospects
Both degree types offer prospective students highly valued workplace skills as Big Data experts in business, information technology / security, government, and health industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that Management Analyst positions, which usually require a master’s degree, are projected to grow 14% over the next ten years. Statistician positions, which also require a master’s degree, are projected to grow 34% over the next ten years!
Most online Master of Analytics & Data Science programs do not offer concentration options. But among those that do, the most common include: Business Analytics, Marketing Analytics, and Cyber Security. Unique concentrations include: Financial Analytics, Geo-spatial Analysis, Financial Crime, and Social Science Analytics. Concentrations are often used by universities to differentiate their programs from competitors. Check out our post about top concentrations for the highly competitive online MBA.
National Ranking by Total Tuition
We organized the data to include those online Analytics & Data Science programs in our database that are at universities that are nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s Best College ranking. We correlated national rank to the total tuition we found from program websites. There is a slight correlation (+.2) between the rank of institutions offering these degrees and the total tuition they charge. In case you wondered, the red dot at the lower left corner of the graph is for University of Alabama Huntsville’s program (U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges #200 and total tuition of $14,040) and the red dot in the upper right is Columbia University’s program (U.S. News #5 and tuition $69,192). The 29 nationally ranked programs are included in this cost analysis chart.
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