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Data Science Degrees – Analyzed and Visualized


We use Silk to create an interactive data site of data science degree programs with visualizations on line. The USA has 181 programs, more than the rest of the world combined. Western Europe follows.



By Alex Salkever (Silk.co).

data-science-degreesDemand for employees with data science skills is soaring. Colleges and universities know this. Not surprisingly, we’ve seen a rapid proliferation of certificate and degree programs focused on data science. But data science goes by many names. Dozens of names, in fact. Data science practitioner and blogger Ryan Swanstrom noticed the rise and began tracking the various programs in 2012. His list numbers nearly 300 different programs.

I thought it would be fun to analyze that data to look for patterns and concentrations. So I put that data into Silk.co and published a nice interactive data site of data science degree programs with visualizations on line. Silk is a free data publishing platform that publishes a spreadsheet as an online database with a responsive visualization engine. You can use it as a quick and easy front-end to share your findings.

The upshot? Over two-thirds of the programs are concentrated in the U.S., with Western Europe accounting for most the remainder (note: this may be a matter of data from Asian programs not collected yet). The majority are programs for Masters degrees, with only a few PhD programs. And offline course works still predominates. While data science is probably closer to computer science than anything, business schools offer more programs than any other department type. Here’s some findings as visualizations:

The USA has 181 programs, more than the rest of the world combined. Western Europe follows. You can see each one of the programs on this map, and filter by country, by U.S. state, or by type of program.

 
 
California has the most data science programs of any state. In fact, California has more data science offerings than any other individual country.

The significant majority of the degree and certificate programs issue a Masters. There are only 14 programs issuing doctorate degrees in data sciences, according to Ryan’s count. And all but three of those programs are clustered in the U.S.

 
 

Less than half of the programs reported were associated with a department. But among those that were associated, business schools outnumbered other departments by a wide margin.

These are just a few of my findings. I’ll update you in the near future with more. And if you want to contribute a degree program not currently listed, feel free. This Silk is now set to “crowdsource” mode. Anyone with a Silk.co account can add new datacards containing program information for universities not already covered in the existing data.

Bio: Alex Salkever @AlexSalkever works on
Big Data and Data Journalism at Silk.