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2019 Best Masters in Data Science and Analytics – Online


We provide an updated comprehensive and objective survey of online Masters in Analytics and Data Science, including rankings, tuition, and duration of the education program.



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 these comprehensive lists and added lots more masters programs. The first of these lists has already been published - 2019 Best Masters in Data Science and Analytics - Europe. In this post, we'll be concentrating on Online masters programs.

Ms Analytics Data Science Online 2019

CS Rank is Top Universities Computer and Information Systems graduate programs rank for ranks 1-50. They provide individual CS rankings for top 50 schools, and then ranges (51-100, 101-150, etc) for the next 450 schools. To separate schools that have the same range of rankings, we added the Top Universities ranking for the divided by 10 to the start of the range. 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.

We’ve included information from the 2017 version to give you an idea on how the schools have changed in 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 table accordingly.

CS Rank (2017) University, Degree Description Months Credits Tuition (2017)
3 (3) CMU Tepper MS in Business Analytics MSBA is geared to individuals with technical backgrounds who want to deepen their analytical skills and move into senior business analyst positions. 24 $67575 ($62500)
4 (4) UC Berkeley Master of Information and Data Science The Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) delivered online prepares data science professionals to be leaders in the field. By blending a multidisciplinary curriculum, experienced faculty, an accomplished network of peers, and the flexibility of online learning, the accredited datascience@berkeley program brings UC Berkeley to you, wherever you are. 20

27 units

$66150 ($62991)
24 (28) Georgia Tech MS in Analytics The Master of Science in Analytics is 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

36 credits,

$9900 ($9900)
31 (30) U. of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign Master of Computer Science in Data Science This fully online professional master's degree equips learners with knowledge from Illinois faculty who have produced seminal research in data science. MCS-DS graduates will be uniquely qualified to enter one of the highest paying and in-demand career tracks in the industry today. 17.5

32 credits

$19200 ($19200)
44 (50) U. of South California MS in Computer Science (Data Science) The Master of Science in Computer Science (Data Science) 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. 24

32 credits

$55886 ($55886)
75 (56.5) U. of Wisconsin MS in Data Science In the competitive world of data science, a master's degree is a requirement for advanced positions at top companies. The online UW Master of Science in Data Science is a smart choice for busy adults who want to advance their careers—or start a whole new career—but don't have time for on-campus courses. 17.5

12 courses

$30600 ($29700)
75 (59.1) Boston University Metropolitan College MS in Applied Business Analytics The Master of Science (MS) in Computer Information Systems program is designed for students who wish to combine technical competence in information systems with knowledge of managerial and organizational issues. 18-24

40 credits, part-time tuition

$34400 ($34400)
125 (52.7) Johns Hopkins U. 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

10 courses

$53740 ($52170)
125 (60.3) Pennsylvania State U. Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics In the comprehensive base program curriculum, the focus of instruction is on big data and database design processes. You can learn data management technologies and techniques for descriptive, prescriptive, and predictive analytics used to leverage competitive advantage in an array of disciplines. 17.5

30 credits

$29250 ($27900)
125 (113.8) Northwestern U. SPS Master in Data Science The integration of data science and business strategy has created a demand for professionals who can make data-driven decisions that propel their organizations forward. You can build the essential analysis and leadership skills needed for careers in today's data-driven world in Northwestern's online Master of Science in Data Science program. 18

12 courses

$53148 ($52410)
125 (229.3) Rutgers U. MS in Analytics and Data Science The Master's of Business and Science degree in Analytics 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. 18-24 $23136 ($23136)
125 (NEW) UCD Dublin MSc and Professional Diploma in Data Analytics This course will help you analyse and understand the large data sets that are regularly being created via the huge growth in freely available online information. This is an exceedingly valuable skill and in strong demand from employers. 36

90 credits

$7575 ($)
175 (170.5) Texas A&M U. MS in Analytics The Department of Statistics offers a part-time Master of Science in Analytics 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. 24 $65000 ($54904)
175 (171.9) Arizona State U. MS in Business Analytics The W. P. Carey Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS‑BA) degree at Arizona State University develops the tools you need for a growing career field, while giving you the flexibility to learn on your schedule. 16

33 credits

$39622 ($39622)
175 (235.6) Northeastern U. Master of Profesional Studies in Analytics The Master's in Analytics 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 (i.e., its collection, modeling, and structuring) along with the capacity to identify and communicate data-driven insights that ultimately influence decisions. 24

45 Credits hours

$34200 ($29070)
175 (NEW) Ohio University Master of Business Analytics This online Master of Business Analytics program goes beyond conventional tools and methods. It imparts the advanced analytical skills you need to dig deeper into organizational data and use it to make key business decisions. 16-20 $35250 ($)
175 (NEW) Rice University Master of Business Analytics With Rice Business, you will build the foundation you need to conduct business effectively — and then learn to think and work across teams so you can maximize output from every department within your organization. 24 $129000 ($)
225 (131.4) Indiana U. Bloomington 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 $15172 ($15172)
275 (322.6) U. of Notre Dame MS in Data Science The program delivers academic excellence in a convenient online format optimized for learning complex quantitative material. It features small, live classes taught by Notre Dame faculty, in-person exclusive immersion weekends and the personal attention to student success for which Notre Dame is known. 21 $48000 ($48000)
325 (240.5) Illinois Institute of Technology Master of Data Science In Illinois Tech's Master of Data Science program, you learn to explore data using high-level mathematics, statistics, and computer science. In particular, 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. 16 $30985 ($30985)
325 (402) Syracuse U. MS in Business Analytics BusinessAnalytics@Syracuse is the Master of Science in Business Analytics program delivered online by the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. The program helps data-driven thinkers develop or sharpen their abilities to interpret complex data and guide their organizations in making more educated, actionable decisions. 24

36 credits

$54000 ($54000)
375 (NEW) U. of Liverpool MSc in Big Data Analytics The University of Liverpool Online MSc in Big Data Analytics is designed to provide you with the skills to capitalise on the potential of big data and analytics to transform business decision-making and planning. 24-33

90 credits

$Varies ($)
425 (283.3) U. of California Riverside MS in Data Science The online Master of Science in Engineering with a specialization in Data Science can teach you to distill valuable insights from sizable amounts of data. Coursework is designed to allow graduates to develop efficient techniques to identify, analyze and visualize hidden patterns within data groups to extract critical information. 13 $24990 ($24990)
425 (348.1) Iowa State U. Master of Business Analytics The Master of Business Analytics 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. 21

30 credits, Mixed Online-Campus

$24000 ($21570)
525 (1020.1) Oregon State U. MS in Data Analytics The 45-credit master's degree program features interdisciplinary curriculum that will give you strong foundational knowledge in statistics, computer science and mathematics. You can also pursue a graduate option in health analytics. 17.5

45 credits

$23445 ($23445)
575 (1036.1) U. of Missouri MS in Data and Analytics The University of Missouri's Master of Science in Data and Analytics ​degree is a 34-credit, online delivery multidisciplinary program. We welcome students from a variety of academic backgrounds to become productive data scientists in Missouri and regionally connected industries. Our program reflects the evolving fields of data science by providing unique curriculum emphases in several different disciplines. 24

34 credits

$34000 ($34000)
1000 (401.1) CUNY SPS MS in Data Science The MS in Data Science (previously MS in Data Analytics) online degree program helps students earn the credentials and acquire the skills needed to enter or advance in the fast-growing field of data science. 17.5

30 credits,

$13200 ($13200)
1000 (1023.5) American U. Master's in Business Analytics The Master of Science in Analytics (MSAn) from the Kogod School of Business 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. 15

33 credits

$54186 ($54186)
1000 (1026.1) U. of Oklahoma MS in Data Science and Analyticss The University of Oklahoma offers an online Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics degree developed through a collaboration between the Schools of Computer Science and Industrial and Systems Engineering. 14

33 credits

$26103 ($26103)
1000 (1046.1) U. of Colorado 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. 24

30 credits

$39450 ($39450)
1000 (1056.1) Oklahoma State U. MS in Business Analytics offers hands-on application of data analysis in a multi-platform environment that includes deep exposure to SAS(r) tools as well as training using other tools and programming languages such as Python, R, SQL, Tableau, etc. Additionally, the program places a strong emphasis on soft skills and business acumen development. 24

33-credits online, 37 credits on campus

$Oklahoma residents: 13365, Non-Oklahoma residents: 33990 ($14175)
1000 (n/a) Baker College MBA Business Intelligence Our MBA in business intelligence program is designed for managers who want to learn more about information resources. You'll be able to take classes led by experienced business managers and IT professionals who can help give you a well-rounded view of the business world. 17.5

38 credit hours

$17100 ($17100)
1000 (n/a) Bay Path U. MS in Aplied Data Science Bay Path's Applied Data Science program leads students through statistical topics from maximum likelihood, hypothesis testing, and survey sampling, to re-sampling methods, time series analysis, and Bayesian analysis, to various regression methods, and eventually to a detailed treatment of machine learning methods such as support vector machines, tree-based methods, neural networks, graphical models, EM algorithms and ensemble learning. 12-24

36 credits

$29340 ($29340)
1000 (n/a) Bellevue U. MS in Business Analytics The Bellevue University Master of Science in Business Analytics 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. 17.5

36 credit hours

$20700 ($20340)
1000 (n/a) Institute of Technology Blanchardstown MSc in Applied Data Science and Analytics The programme has been designed in collaboration with industry partners. Graduates from our MSc will be equipped for employment in sectors where data science and big data analytics is a critical component, such as the insurance, retail, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, business, travel, telecommunication, government, and intelligence sectors. 24 part time $2320 ($2320)
1000 (n/a) Capella U. MS in Analytics Capella's Master of Science in Analytics prepares data analytics professionals to work with, understand, and transform data to develop solutions that resolve applied problems, while effectively providing insights and communicating results to the organization. 12

48 credits

$25020-33360 ($32400)
1000 (n/a) Central Connecticut U. MS Data Mining The Master of Science in Data Mining prepares students to find interesting and useful patterns and trends in large data sets. Students are provided with expertise in state-of-the-art data modeling methodologies to prepare them for information-age careers. 17.5

33 credits

$21681 ($21681)
1000 (n/a) Colorado Technical U. MS in Computer Science - Data Science CTU's Master of Science in Computer Science - Data Science concentration focuses on the methods, processes, and systems to extract insights and knowledge from structured or unstructured data. Building on the MSCS program core, the concentration courses are designed to provide the foundation and focused knowledge for those interested in the Data Science field. 24

48 credits, 6 terms

$28080 ($28080)
1000 (n/a) DePaul U. MS in Predictive Analytics The MS in Predictive Analytics 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

52 credit hours

$43160 ($43160)
1000 (n/a) Data Science Tech Institute MSc in Information Systems & AI for Big Data Engineering This 9-month Advanced MSc programme (3 months of classes, 6 month- internship), with its two entries in Autumn and Spring, is designed to open your career to these Big Data Engineering jobs marrying mathematics & computer science excellence all industries are looking for. 9 $7900 ($4640)
1000 (n/a) Data Science Tech Institute MSc in Applied Data Science and Big Data This 6-month of classes and 6-month internship Applied MSc programme, with its two entries in Autumn and Spring, is designed to open your career to these Big Data Analytics jobs all industries are looking for. 6 $7900 ($7680)
1000 (n/a) Dakota State U. MS in Analytics With this program, you'll acquire and hone the skill set you need to become an analytics and data science professional. 10

30 credits

$13320 ($13320)
1000 (n/a) Elmhurst College MS in Data Science The master's in data science at Elmhurst takes a comprehensive approach, with a curriculum that integrates statistics, computer science and business—skill areas crucial to succeeding in the emerging field of big data. 24

10 courses, 30 credits part-time

$25350 ($25350)
1000 (n/a) Full Sail U. MS in Business Analytics Full Sail's Business Intelligence master of science program teaches you how to collect and analyze Big Data to better serve the needs of your clients. Using technology as a lens to focus your interpretations, you'll create visual representations that convey information essential to any number of industries. 12

36 credits

$28008 ($28008)
1000 (n/a) La Salle U. MS of Analytics Our compressed program format allows you to concentrate on one subject area at a time while progressing through the program in less than two years. Each course is eight weeks in length, allowing you to complete two courses per semester. Our semesters are Fall, Spring and Summer. Students in this program will develop strategies to define and coordinate big data sources, simulate predictive models and visualize the results. Students will work with internal and external data sources across different industries. 20

30 credits

$26250 ($26250)
1000 (n/a) Lewis U. Online MS in Data Science Lewis University's Master of Science in Data Science degree online is designed to provide you a heightened mathematical and computer science skillset to address the issues surrounding the analysis of big data. Lewis' Data Science masters online program provides you with skills in data mining, data visualization, predictive analysis, and data management. 24

33 credits

$26235 ($26235)
1000 (n/a) Maryville U. of St. Louis MS in Business Data Analytics Built for students to gain practical knowledge that can be applied immediately in the workplace, this program is led by an accomplished faculty of active professionals who use real-world examples fueled by current business news. The MSBDA provides an opportunity to both current practitioners and career changers to obtain graduate-level credentials with a top-quality online degree. 17.5

30 semester hours

$22950 ($22950)
1000 (n/a) U. of Phoenix Master of Information Systems with Graduate Business Analytics Certificate With our Master of Information Systems with Graduate Business Analytics Certificate (MIS/BA), you'll develop the statistical analysis, data relationship management and analytical programming skills needed to help businesses make evidence-based decisions. 17.5

42 credits

$29316 ($31080)
1000 (n/a) Regis U. MS in Data Science Inspired by our Jesuit heritage, Regis University's M.S. in Data Science 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. 17.5

36 credits

$25560 ($25560)
1000 (n/a) Saint Mary's College MS in Data Science Our primarily online program will provide you with the mathematical and computational depth needed to refine the tools others simply use. You'll develop a strong mathematical base - an enduring skill set in an ever-changing world - that will allow you to take on complex data challenges now and in the future, no matter what programming language you're using. 24

36 credits

$31946 ($28944)
1000 (n/a) South Dakota State U. MS in Data Science The SDSU MS in Data Science 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

30 credits

$13320 ($13320)
1000 (n/a) Saint Joseph's U. MS in Business Intelligence and Analytics The online Master of Science in Business Intelligence & Analytics (MSBIA) at Saint Joseph's University - one of the first Business Intelligence & Analytics master's degree offered entirely online - is designed and delivered by those at the center of the Business Intelligence and Analytics industry. You can choose from one of three career-enriching tracks: General Track, Data Analysis, or Programming Languages. 24

30 credits

$17520 ($17520)
1000 (n/a) Southern Methodist U. MS in Data Science DataScience@SMU is an online Master of Science in Data Science designed for current and aspiring data science professionals. Through a combination of interactive coursework, collaborative group activities and online face-to-face classes, you will gain the technical, analytical and communication skills you need to make meaningful data-driven decisions. 20-28 $57084 ($57084)
1000 (n/a) Southern New Hampshire U. MS in Data Analytics Our master's in data analytics online program focuses on the strategic and advanced uses of data analytics across a broad range of industries. Courses cover data mining, visualization, modeling, optimization and the ethical uses of data. 15

12 courses

$22572 ($22572)
1000 (n/a) Slippery Rock U. MS in Data Analytics SRU's Master of Science in Data Analytics is 33 credits and can be completed in 10 months full-time or 2 year part-time. One particularly distinguishing feature of the program is its validation by alignment with standards established by professional certificate programs. 10

33 credits

$16269 ($16269)
1000 (n/a) U. of Alabama Huntsville MS in Management Science-Business Analytics The MSMS-BA 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

30 credits

$21810 ($21810)
1000 (n/a) U. of Maryland U. College MS in Data Analytics The Master of Science in data analytics at University of Maryland University College combines study in technical and business disciplines to make you a powerful data analyst with strong career potential. You'll learn how to manage and manipulate data, create data visualizations, and make strategic data-driven recommendations to influence business outcomes. 17.5

36 credits

$24984 ($24984)
1000 (n/a) Villanova U. MS in Analytics Unlike other programs which combine classes from existing degrees, our analytics curriculum is custom designed to meet current business needs. With coursework that addresses data management, business intelligence, predictive and prescriptive models and their application across all business functions, our program can prepare you to succeed across the analytics spectrum. 24 $43400 ($43400)
1000 (n/a) West Virginia U. MS in Business Data Analytics The online Master of Science in Business Data Analytics, offered by the College of Business and Economics, equips students to develop expertise in statistical techniques, data mining, utilizing databases, and analytical tools. "Big data" is driving decision-making in businesses and non-profits and creating a demand for workers with data-analytic skills. 17.5

30 credits

$30690 ($29790)
1000 (NEW) Moravian Graduate Online MS in Predictive Analytics Moravian Graduate Online MS in Predictive Analytics prepares students to successfully advance their careers by providing personalized student support, a curriculum informed by real industries, and one-on-one career guidance. - Not stated
1000 (NEW) Northcentral U. MS in Data Science This Master of Science in Data Science program is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of this emerging, interdisciplinary field. Students will gain a broad knowledge base that includes the data lifecycle and how to process large amounts of unstructured data into useable datasets that organizations can utilize. 23 $30530
1000 (NEW) Edinburgh Napier MSc Data Science Data science is a major growth area within both the commercial and public sectors and there is a shortage of professionals that have the required range of data science knowledge and skills. This work-based learning MSc Data Science programme addresses this shortage. 24-33 180 credits $9060
1000 (NEW) Drexel University MS in Data Science Stand out in one of the fastest growing fields in today's job market with Drexel University's online Master's degree in Data Science. In this program, you'll focus on helping your company solve problems by creating machine learning algorithms to examine and manipulate data. 24

45 credits

$56925
1000 (NEW) Merrimack College Master in Data Science Spend your class time learning applicable skills you can use on the job. The online Master of Science in Data Science degree from Merrimack College teaches students to solve problems using the latest tools and analytical methods. 16

32 credits

$28320
1000 (NEW) Merrimack College Master in Business Analytics Spend your time developing applicable skills you can use on the job the next day. The online Master of Science in Business Analytics degree from Merrimack College teaches students to solve problems and visualize data sets using the latest industry tools and analytical methods. 16

32 credits

$28320
1000 (NEW) U. of Delaware MSc in Applied Statistics The University of Delaware's online Master of Science in Applied Statistics program (ASTAT) transforms students into data professionals who can satisfy the increasing demand for statistics expertise. Our students receive a high-quality, affordable and relevant education from a respected university, and graduate ready to excel in data science, big data, business analytics and related careers. NA Available on request NA - available on request
1000 (NEW) Varna Free University MSc in Data Science The master's program in Data Science at Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" is offering specialized training on topical problems of computer science in accordance with international, European and national criteria and requirements. Our goal is to prepare more professionals in the field of data science, answering the needs of software companies. 12 $5391
1000 (NEW) Johnson & Wales MSc in Data Analytics It's a fact: Businesses today rely on data. Position yourself for a successful career in data analytics with this master's level program. You'll gain expertise in data mining, analytics, management and visualization, forecasting, modeling, and optimization and simulation through this master of science in data analytics online degree. 24

32 credits

$23744
1000 (NEW) Kent State University MSc in Digital Sciences (Data Science) The Master of Digital Sciences (MDS) degree is a professional master's program for graduates from a wide range of backgrounds. A Bachelor's degree in Digital Sciences is not required for admission, and students may enter in the fall or spring semester. 12

32 credits

$21524

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