Best US/Canada Masters in Analytics, Business Analytics, Data Science

In the final part of this series, we provide an updated list of our comprehensive, unbiased survey of graduate programs in Data Science and Analytics from across the US and Canada.
By Dan Clark, KDnuggets.
c
comments

Data Science and Analytics is a very hot field, and demand for data scientists is still growing strongly. Many universities stepped in and created many degrees in the field, primarily Masters degrees.

Back in 2017, we ran a series of articles looking at the best of these degrees in America, Europe and Online. Luckily for you, we’ve now updated this comprehensive list and added lots more Masters programs.

US Canada Masters Map

We’ve already published our definitive guides to Online Master’s and across Europe and this post is going to look at programs throughout the USA and Canada.

Included is the CS Rank which is the top universities Computer and Information Systems graduate programs rank for ranks 1-50. Of course, this ranking isn’t 100% scientific in how it is calculated, but it does give a good idea of the schools that offer these courses. Universities that don’t appear on the rankings have been listed as having a ranking of NA.

US Canada Number of Programs

We’ve included information from the 2017 version to give you an idea on how the schools have changed over the last couple of years. As always, please let us know in the comments section below if we’ve missed any out and we’ll update the list accordingly.

  1. MIT's Master of Business Analytics. The program is tailored for current students or recent college graduates who plan to pursue a career in the data science industry, as well as those seeking career advancement or change, especially engineers, mathematicians, physicists, computer programmers, and other high-tech professionals. (12-month program, 77,350 USD for the entire program's tuition (2017 tuition - $57,350), CS Rank: 1 (2017 CS Rank - 1))
  2. Stanford's MS in Statistics: Data Science.The Data Science track develops strong mathematical, statistical, computational and programming skills through the general master's core and programming requirements, in addition to providing fundamental data science education through general and focused electives requirement from courses in data sciences and related areas. (24-month program, $32,658 per year ($32,658/year), CS Rank: 2 (2))
  3. Carnegie Mellon's Master of Computational Data Science.This program equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to develop the layers of technology involved in the next generation of massive information system deployments and analyze the data those systems generate. (16-month program, $76,500 entire program ($75,484), CS Rank: 3 (3))
  4. Harvard's MS in Data Science.The program will offer strong preparation in statistical modeling, machine learning, optimization, management and analysis of massive data sets, and data acquisition.  The program will also focus on topics such as reproducible data analysis, collaborative problem solving, visualization and communication, and security and ethical issues that arise in data science. (18-month program, $44,816 full tuition ($44,816), CS Rank: 7 (6))
  5. U. of Toronto's MS in Applied Computing (Data Science Concentration)is offered jointly by Depts of CS and Statistical Sciences and teaches Data science at the interface between computer science and statistics. (16-month program, $26,000 citizens ($11,320), $56,000 International ($27,590), per year, CS Rank: 11 (10))
  6. University of Washington's MS in Data Science.This master's program gives you the technical skills to extract knowledge from large, noisy, and heterogeneous datasets — big data — to provide insights that people and organizations can use. In this program, you'll build deep expertise in managing, modeling and visualizing big data to meet the growing needs of industry, government, non-profit and research organizations today. (17.5-month program, $46,575 ($46,125) full tuition, CS Rank: 17 (16))
  7. Columbia University's MS in Data Science.This program allows students to apply data science techniques to their field of interest, building on four foundational courses. Our students have the opportunity to conduct original research, included in a capstone project, and interact with our industry partners and faculty. (18-month program, $58,080 ($58,080) full tuition, CS Rank: 18 (29))
  8. New York University's MS in Data Science.This is a highly-selective program for students with a strong background in mathematics, computer science, and applied statistics. The degree focuses on the development of new methods for data science. The curriculum offers two ways to structure the graduate program that gives students the opportunity to pursue a specialization through tracks. (24-month program, $62,028 ($62,028) full tuition, CS Rank: 20 (32))
  9. University of Waterloo's Master of Mathematics (Statistics or Computer Science).These are two different degrees; however both offer a Data Science Specialization. In these programs you will study the application and development of methods that facilitate insight from available data in order to understand, predict, and improve business strategy, products and services, marketing campaigns, medicine, public health and safety, as well as numerous other pursuits. (18 to 24-month program, $11,466 ($11,466) Canadian residents, $30,666 ($30,666) International, full tuition, CS Rank: 22 (31))
  10. Georgia Tech's MS in Analytics.An interdisciplinary degree program that leverages the strengths of Georgia Tech in statistics, operations research, computing, and business by combining the world-class expertise of the Scheller College of Business, the College of Computing, and the College of Engineering. By blending the strengths of these nationally ranked programs, graduates will learn to integrate skills in a unique and interdisciplinary way that yields deep insights into analytics problems. (24-month program, online option available, $43,416 ($43,416) In-state, $59,940 ($59,940) Out-of-state, $9,900 ($9,900) Online, CS Rank: 24 (28))
  11. University of British Columbia's Master of Data Science.A professional program developed by the combined expertise of the UBC departments of Computer Science and Statistics to help meet this need and give students a fast track to a great career. Utilizing descriptive and prescriptive techniques, students extract and analyze data from both unstructured and structured forms and then communicate the findings of those analyses in ways to enable organizations to make informed decisions based on data. (10-month program, $31,836 ($24,033) Residents; $43,709 ($32,675) International, CS Rank: 28 (23))
  12. The University of Texas at Austin's MS in Business Analytics.A 10-month program that will show you how to harness vast amounts of data and use it to build better business. (10-month program, $43,000 ($43,000) In-state, $48,000 ($48,000) Out-of-state for full program, CS Rank: 29 (26))
  13. University of Pennsylvania's MS in Engineering in Data Science.The Data Science degree program can be completed in one to two years. It blends leading-edge courses in core topics such as machine learning, big data analytics, and statistics, with a variety of electives and an opportunity to apply these techniques in a domain specialization – a depth area – of choice. (12 or 24-month program, $67,660 ($67,660) full tuition, CS Rank: 34 (39))
  14. University of South California's MS in Computer Science (Data Science).This program provides students with a core background in Computer Science and specialized algorithmic, statistical, and systems expertise in acquiring, storing, accessing, analyzing and visualizing large, heterogeneous and real-time data associated with diverse real-world domains including energy, the environment, health, media, medicine, and transportation. It is offered both on-site and online. (24-month program, $55,886 ($55,886) In-state, $63,634 ($63,634) Out-of-state, $61,984 ($61,984) online for full tuition, CS Rank: 44 (50))
  15. UC San Diego Master of Advanced Study Degree in Data Science and Engineering.In this program, engineering professionals combine the skills of software programmer, database manager, and statistician to create mathematical models of the data, identify trends/deviations, then present them in effective visual ways that can be understood by others. (24-month program, $39,121 ($39,100) full tuition, CS Rank: 46 (38))
  16. University of Maryland at College Park's MS in Business Analytics.This program delves into understanding Big Data and using it to the advantage of your business. One of the best programs in the Washington, D.C., area, the MSBA covers cyber security, information systems, supply chain and transportation, social media and web analytics, forecasting, and quantitative analysis, among other topics. (16-month program $49,892 ($49,042) In-state, $62,762 ($62,422) Out-of-state for full tuition, CS Rank: 50 (47))
  17. NEW University of Michigan’s MS in Business Analytics. The Master of Science-Business Analytics trains students to create business strategies using data and statistics. (12-month program, $21,241 In-state, $48,579 Out-of-state full tuition, CS Rank: 50)
  18. University of Wisconsin-Madison's MS in Statistics-Data Science.Leveraging the power of statistical thinking will prepare to you to put data into context and communicate its meaning to others. You will build analytical, reasoning, and communication skills in realistic strategic planning sessions. As a result, the MS-DS will provide you with strong skills in working in teams of professionals and business leaders and in leading discussions grounded in data reasoning. (12 or 24-month program, $23,820 ($23,820) In-state, $48,810 ($48,810) Out-of-state full tuition, CS Rank: 75 (75))
  19. Boston University Metropolitan College's MS in Applied Business Analytics.This program provides comprehensive coverage of the state-of-the-art concepts, techniques, and tools used in the process of data-driven business decision-making. Whether studying online, on campus, or both, students gain hands-on experience with a variety of analytical models and decision-support tools, and to apply them to interlinked data-inputs and large data sets in the areas of marketing, operations, product and technology innovations, financial services, and others. (18 or 24-month program, $25,490 ($25,490) per semester, CS Rank: 75 (75))
  20. Indiana University Bloomington's MS in Data Science.With a broad range of courses available on topics such as data mining, cloud computing, health and medicine, cybersecurity, high-performance computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, you can tailor your curriculum to suit your interests. (18-month program, On site: $43,717 ($43,717) Out-of-state, $15,172 ($15,172) In-state; Online: $21,457 ($21,457) Out-of-state, $13,470 ($13,470) In-state, CS Rank: 75 (125))
  21. NEW University of Chicago’s MS in Analytics. Building from a core in applied statistics, the Master of Science in Analytics provides students with advanced analytical training to develop the ability to draw insights from big data and build automated artificial intelligence systems. (12-month program, $4,640 full tuition, CS Rank: 75)
  22. Johns Hopkins University's MS in Data Science.The rigorous curriculum focuses on the fundamentals of computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics, while incorporating real-world examples. With options to study online and on-site in state-of-the-art facilities at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, students learn from practicing engineers and data scientists. Graduates are prepared to succeed in specialized jobs involving everything from the data pipeline and storage, to statistical analysis and eliciting the story the data tells. (17.5-month program, $52,170 ($52,170) full tuition, CS Rank: 125 (75))
  23. University of Massachusetts-Amherst's MS in Computer Science (Data Science Concentration). This program was created to help meet the need for expanded and enhanced training in the area of data science. It requires coursework in Theory for Data Science, Systems for Data Science, Data Analysis and Statistics.  It teaches you to develop and apply methods to collect, curate, and analyze large-scale data, and to make discoveries and decisions using those analyses. (24-month program, $25,000 ($25,000) In-state, $46,400 ($46,400) Out-of-state full tuition, CS Rank: 125 (75))
  24. Northwestern University's MS in Analytics. This program teaches students the skills that drive business success in today’s hyper-competitive, data-driven world. Drawing on the expertise of renowned professors and lecturers from major corporations, we combine mathematical and statistical studies with instruction in advanced information technology and data management. (15-month program, $18,040 per quarter ($52,239 full tuition), CS Rank: 125 (125))
  25. Simon Fraser University's Professional Master's in Big Data. Students are well-prepared to become data scientists/programmers, data solutions architects, and chief data officers capable of offering insights that influence strategic decision-making. The program is challenging and ideal for those with a strong aptitude in computer science or in quantitative fields, such as engineering or physics. (16-month program, $27,592 ($27,592) residents, $32,898 ($32,898) International full tuition, CS Rank: 125 (125))
  26. North Carolina State University's MS in Analytics. If you have a mind for mathematics and statistical programming and a passion for working with data, this is your program. The MSA is uniquely designed to equip individuals like yourself for the task of deriving and effectively communicating actionable insights from a vast quantity and variety of data. (10-month program, $23,460 ($23,460) In-state, $43,466 ($43,466) Out-of-state full tuition, CS Rank: 125 (125))
  27. University of Virginia's MS in Data Science. Our rigorous professional master’s program prepares students to lead the cutting-edge field of data science through an interdisciplinary approach that combines class work with the opportunity to apply technical and soft skills in capstone projects with industry, academic and government partners. (11-month program, $25,534 ($25,534) In-state, $40,626 ($40,626) Out-of-state, CS Rank: 175 (175))
  28. Texas A&M University's MS in Analytics.  A part-time master's degree that offers courses from the top-ranked Mays Business School and is open to working professionals with strong quantitative skills, for example bachelor's degree holders in the sciences, mathematics, business and engineering fields. Offers online and on-site option. (24-month program, $65,000 ($54,904) full tuition, CS Rank: 175 (175))
  29. Arizona State University's MS in Business Analytics.  This program prepares you for the dynamic, expanding world of data-driven analysis and strategic business decision-making. You’ll acquire the skills necessary to help companies harness data for a competitive advantage. ASU also offers an online program and you may find more information here. (9-month program, $10,970 ($10,970) In-state, $21,888 ($21,888) Out-of-state, $23,508 ($23,508) International full tuition, CS Rank: 175 (175))
  30. Queen's University at Kingston’s Master of Management Analytics. In this program, you will be learning from an outstanding faculty team comprised of some of the best management educators in North America. In addition, several sessions will include industry specialists and practitioners. This ensures that you are being briefed on current trends and practices from the perspective of people who are currently working in the industry. (16-month program, $63,500 ($44,600) residents, $80,000 ($67,750) International, full tuition, CS Rank: 175 (175))
  31. NEW University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)’s MS in Business Analytics. The MS in Business Analytics provides a holistic approach to the field as students develop expertise in data management, machine learning and predictive analytics, all while building a strong background in business skills. Students gain the skillset necessary to analyze large datasets and generate insights through techniques in data visualization, statistical modeling and data mining. The program curriculum emphasizes industry experience, exposure and collaboration across a variety of analytics projects. (12-month program, $5,830 In-state, $11,950 Out-of-state, CS Rank: 175)
  32. NEW Michigan State University’s Masters in Business Analytics. More data is available than ever before, and analytics have become a part of every major business decision today. With the Master of Science in Business Analytics from Michigan State University, you can become an integral part of this emerging transformation and leading new industry. (12-month program, $36,000 In-state, $39,000 Out-of-state full tuition, CS Rank: 175)
  33. University of Minnesota's MS in Data Science. The program provides a strong foundation in the science of Big Data and its analysis by gathering in a single program the knowledge, expertise, and educational assets in data collection and management, data analytics, scalable data-driven pattern discovery, and the fundamental concepts behind these methods. (18 or 24-month program, $8,364 ($8,364) In-state, $12,942 ($12,942) Out-of-state per semester, CS Rank: 225 (125))
  34. Rutgers University's MS in Analytics and Data Science. This program prepares students for data-driven decision making. It brings together the fields of computer science, statistics, machine learning, data mining and big data. Students will obtain a variety of skills including the ability to analyze large datasets, the ability to develop modeling solutions to support decision making and a thorough understanding of how data analysis drives business decision making. Online option available. (24-month program, $23,136 ($23,136) In-state, $28,128 ($28,128) Out-of-state for full tuition, CS Rank: 225 (225))
  35. Northeastern University's Master of Professional Studies in Analytics. The program helps to meet the demand from employers with a graduate program that provides students with an end-to-end analytics education through a core curriculum with integrated experiential learning opportunities. The program prepares students with a deep understanding of the mechanics of working with data along with the capacity to identify and communicate data-driven insights that ultimately influence decisions. Available online. (24-month program, $34,200 ($29,070) full tuition, CS Rank: 225 (225))
  36. Illinois Institute of Technology's Master of Data Science. In this program, you learn to explore data using high-level mathematics, statistics, and computer science. You learn how to analyze data, visualize your results, and articulate your discoveries. You will leave the program with the ability to think about the real problems that need to be solved, not to simply find technical solutions. Available online. (16-month program, $30,985 ($30,985) full tuition, CS Rank: 225 (225))
  37. NEW University of California Davis’ MS in Business Analytics. In the one-year program, you’ll benefit from our deep connections with San Francisco and Silicon Valley companies on the forefront of the Big Data revolution. (12-month program, $57,200, CS Rank: 225)
  38. Iowa State University's Master of Business Analytics. This program is an interdisciplinary graduate program for employed professionals that addresses the challenges of dealing with data analytics and business intelligence in the “Big Data” environment. It was developed to meet the needs of today’s businesses and organizations facing intense global competition and constant technological disruptions. Available online. (21-month program, $24,000 ($21,570), full tuition, CS Rank: 325 (325))
  39. NEW George Mason’s MS in Data Analytics. The certificate is intended for students who are interested in addressing the challenge of transforming the massive data arising in applications such as business analytics, cyber defense/forensics, energy, finance, genomics, health care, intelligence, law enforcement, or transportation, into meaningful information. The program is intended for graduate students in areas where applications of big data may arise. (12-month program, $15,826 In-state, $37,333 Out-of-state full tuition, CS Rank: 325)
  40. NEW University of Central Florida’s MS in Data Analytics (Big Data). The MS in Data Analytics is a 30 credit hour interdisciplinary program that prepares students to develop algorithms and computerized systems to facilitate the discovery of information from large amounts of data. It will utilize the technical aspects of big data analytics, including algorithm design, programming, acquisition, management, mining, analysis, and interpretation of data. (12-month program, $36,300 full tuition, CS Rank: 375)
  41. NEW George Town University’s MS in Data Science for Public Policy. A unique curriculum at the intersection of data science and quantitative public policy analysis, the MS-DSPP equips graduates with cutting-edge computational, analytical, and leadership skills. (12-month program, $54,570 full tuition, CS Rank: 425)
  42. American University's Master's in Business Analytics. The program prepares students to become experts in data analysis. Students will learn how to use data to solve a variety of organizational and business challenges related to fiscal performance and operational effectiveness. Available online. (15-month program, $54,186 ($54,186) full tuition, CS Rank: NA (325))
  43. Saint Mary's University's MS in Computing and Data Analytics. The primary focus of the MSc CDA program is to develop highly qualified computing and data analytics professionals who will drive innovation and organizational success. MSc CDA prepares students for rewarding and lucrative careers in the data science industry through experiential learning opportunities and industry interaction. (16-month program, $19,000 ($17,000) Residents, $35,000 ($33,000) International full tuition, CS Rank: NA)
  44. University of Oklahoma's MS in Data Science and Analytics. Graduates from this program will have the skills to design and build tools to extract, assimilate and analyze data, and the systems understanding to predict and enhance future performance for enterprises across all domains of the private and public sectors. The course offerings come from a collaboration between the Schools of Computer Science and Industrial and Systems Engineering. (14-month program, $32,500 ($26,103) full tuition, CS Rank: NA)
  45. University of Colorado-Denver's MS in Business Analytics. Business Analytics teaches you to use mathematical models to enhance decision-making capabilities in the workplace. This gives you an understanding of the more common types of modeling procedures—predictive modeling with big data, data analysis, forecasting, operations management and other advanced quantitative methods—so you learn to make decisions based on data. Online and evening class options available. (24-month program, $39,450 ($39,450) full tuition, CS Rank: NA)
  46. Bellevue University's MS in Business Analytics. This program is designed to meet the demand for leaders who can influence business decision-making with cutting-edge expertise in transforming big data into a strategic asset. Available online. (24-month program, $20,700 ($20,340) full tuition, CS Rank: NA)
  47. DePaul University's MS in Predictive Analytics. This program addresses the growing demand of data scientists that have the right blend of technical and analytical skills to meet the challenge of big data analytics. The curriculum emphasizes technical proficiency and practical experience, and provides students with advanced skills in data mining, multivariate statistics, machine learning, and database processing. (17.5-month program, $43,160 ($43,160) full tuition, CS Rank: NA)
  48. Regis University's MS in Data Science. Inspired by their Jesuit heritage, this program prepares you for an in-demand career analyzing data, gathering insights from within and communicating how it’ll impact the business you work for – and the world around you – in a socially responsible manner. (24-month program, $25,560 ($25,560) full tuition)
  49. South Dakota State University's MS in Data Science. The is a 30-credit program designed to be completed in one calendar year, June through May, although students may take more than one year to complete if they desire. For added convenience, summer courses are available online so that students may start the program online in the summer and complete it on campus during the following academic year. (12-month program, $13,320 ($13,320) full tuition, CS Rank: NA)
  50. University of Alabama-Huntsville's MS in Management Science-Business Analytics. The program is designed to meet the highest standards of curriculum quality, faculty excellence, and program relevance in accordance with the College of Business' accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. (12-month program, $21,810 ($21,810) full tuition, CS Rank: NA)
  51. University of Michigan-Dearborn's MS in Data Science. The curriculum consists of required core courses and technical electives, providing opportunities to build knowledge and professional skills in various Data Science areas that are highly demanded in the current job market. (18 to 24-month program, $20,490 ($20,490) In-state, $35,280 ($35,280) Out-of-state full tuition, CS Rank: NA)
  52. University of San Francisco's MS in Data Science. This program provides a technical curriculum along with unmatched practical experience through the nine-month practicum project. Students work onsite at partner companies located in the Bay Area and beyond two days per week. Influenced by a board of advisors which includes data scientists from Facebook, Eventbrite, Buzzfeed and more, the curriculum covers topics such as machine learning, data acquisition, statistical modeling, database management, data visualization, natural language processing, and deep learning. (12-month program, $48,825 ($48,825) full tuition, CS Rank: NA)
  53. University of Tennessee-Chattanooga's MS in Computer Science-Data Science. The M.S. program is designed to develop the student's skills in critical professional thinking and intuition, to make the student capable of sound professional evaluations and decisions. A graduate should be able to assume a responsible position in business, government, and education at the research, development, and planning levels, or to pursue further formal training. (24-month program, $20,040 ($20,040) In-state, $32,236 ($32,236) Out-of-state full tuition, CS Rank: NA)
  54. NEW Clark University’s Masters in Business Analytics. Ride the tidal wave of big data—and accelerate your career advancement—by mastering the most in-demand field in business. (12-month program, $55,770 full tuition, CS Rank: NA)
  55. NEW University of New Hampshire’s Masters in Analytics. Big data is a big deal and every industry — from professional sports teams (think Moneyball and draft picks) to healthcare (genetic coding and disease prevention) — needs analytics and data science experts. In just 12 months, you can be one. (12-month program, $14,170 In-state, $27,810 Out-of-state full tuition, CS Rank: NA)
  56. NEW Thomas Edison University’s MS in Data Science and Analytics. Thomas Edison State University (TESU) has partnered with The Institute of Statistics Education at Statistics.com to offer a Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics degree program that is delivered completely online and is structured around the unique needs of working adults. (12-month program, $7,519 In-state, $9,967 Out-of-state full tuition, CS Rank: NA)
  57. NEW Yeshiva University’s MS in Data Analytics and Visualization. As you progress through the Katz School’s 30-credit MS in Data Analytics and Visualization program, you will develop a work-ready portfolio of projects and deepen your understanding of the core principles, patterns, and practices of data science and visualization. (12-month program, $32,070 full tuition, CS Rank: NA)

Resources:

  • On-line and web-based: Analytics, Data Mining, Data Science, Machine Learning education
  • Software for Analytics, Data Science, Data Mining, and Machine Learning

Related:

  • 2019 Best Masters in Data Science and Analytics – Online
  • 2019 Best Masters in Data Science and Analytics – Europe Edition
  • How Data Science Is Improving Higher Education