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Best online master's in data analytics 2021: Top picks

Best online master's in data analytics 2021: Top picks

       


    Best online master's in data analytics 2021: Top picks

    A data analytics master's degree blends mathematics and statistics content with information technology training.

    Today, data analytics professionals help businesses identify ways to reduce costs and increase efficiency. In healthcare, data analysts determine ways to streamline care. Workers in municipal and government roles apply data analytics to predict and prevent everything from crime to traffic jams. 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roles for operations research analysts are projected to grow 25% by 2030. Other positions available to data analytics degree-holders, such as management analysts, are estimated to increase by 14% by 2030. 

    As a high-demand, versatile option, data analytics master's degrees have a lot to offer. Here's a look at 2021's best online data analytics master's degrees.

    The best online master's in data analytics degrees

    To provide the most relevant rankings for readers, we pull publicly available data from the most reputable sources. Read ZDnet's ranking methodology to find out what information we used to create the below ranking of the best online bachelor's in finance degrees. 

    Unless otherwise indicated, data is drawn from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and College Scorecard.

    1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS

    About the program: Illinois's online master of computer science in data science includes 32 credit hours of core and concentration coursework. Students complete advanced classes in data cleaning, curation, and modeling in preparation for a capstone requirement.

    Acceptance rate: 63%

    Graduation rate: 86%

    Avg. annual tuition: $10,720 

    Time to completion: One to three years

    GRE/GMAT: GRE is recommended but not required.

    Minimum GPA: 3.0

    Minimum GPA: 3.0

    Enrollment periods per year: One (fall)

    Accreditation: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

    2. Johns Hopkins University

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

    About the program: Johns Hopkins' master's in data science unites coursework in computer science and applied mathematics through a 30-credit-hour curriculum. Required courses include data visualization and computer statistics.

    Acceptance rate: 11%

    Graduation rate: 94%

    Avg. annual tuition: $23,775

    Time to completion: Two to three years

    GRE/GMAT: GRE is not required. 

    Minimum GPA: 3.0

    Enrollment periods per year: Two (fall and spring)

    Course delivery methods: Online, hybrid

    Accreditation: Johns Hopkins is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

    3. University of West Florida

    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA

    About the program: The online data science master's includes 30 credits. Students can specialize in one of three areas: analytics and modeling, analytics of business decisions, or health analytics.

    Acceptance rate: 58%

    Graduation rate: 55%

    Avg. annual tuition: $5,769

    Time to completion: Up to two years

    GRE/GMAT: Verbal and quantitative scores of at least 150 on GRE are required. 

    Minimum GPA: 3.0

    Enrollment periods per year: Three (fall, spring, summer)

    Course delivery methods: Online, asynchronous

    Accreditation: The University of West Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    4. Oklahoma State University

    STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA

    About the program: Students enrolled in OSU's 33-credit online data analytics master's degree complete core classes alongside optional specialization coursework in marketing analytics, advanced data science, health analytics, or cybersecurity analytics. 

    Acceptance rate: 67%

    Graduation rate: 64%

    Avg. annual tuition: $7,938.97

    Time to completion: Not publicly available

    GRE/GMAT: A score above the 51st percentile is required for GRE and GMAT. GRE and GMAT are waived for applicants with five or more years of work experience.

    Minimum GPA: Not publicly available

    Enrollment periods per year: Two (fall and spring)

    Course delivery methods: Online, asynchronous

    Accreditation: Oklahoma State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

    5. University of North Texas

    DENTON, TEXAS

    About the program: The online master's degree in data science includes 36 credits of core and elective coursework. Students also complete a research project or take part in an internship requirement.

    Acceptance rate: 84%

    Graduation rate: 60%

    Avg. annual tuition: $5,450.22

    Time to completion: Not publicly available

    GRE/GMAT: Not required

    Minimum GPA: 3.2

    Enrollment periods per year: Two (fall and spring)

    Course delivery methods: Online, hybrid

    Accreditation: The University of North Texas is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). 

    6. Texas Tech University

    LUBBOCK, TEXAS

    About the program: The comprehensive 36-credit online data science master's degree emphasizes advanced technologies and statistical methods used to manipulate data and find actionable organizational strategies.

    Acceptance rate: 70%

    Graduation rate: 63%

    Avg. annual tuition: $24,415

    Time to completion: One to two years

    GRE/GMAT: Waived for the 2021-22 academic year. Waived for applicants with five or more years of work experience. 

    Minimum GPA: Not publicly available

    Enrollment periods per year: One (summer)

    Course delivery methods: Online, sequential

    Accreditation: Texas Tech University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    7. Colorado State University

    FORT COLLINS, COLORADO

    About the program: CSU's online applied statistics master's degree includes 30 credits of coursework. Full-time students earn a degree in one year. Learners have an option to specialize in data science or statistical science. 

    Acceptance rate: 84%

    Graduation rate: 70%

    Avg. annual tuition: $24,330

    Time to completion: One year

    GRE/GMAT: GRE or Math Entrance Exam scores are required. 

    Minimum GPA: Not publicly available

    Enrollment periods per year: One (summer)

    Course delivery methods: Online, asynchronous

    Accreditation: Colorado State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

    8. University of Michigan-Dearborn

    DEARBORN, MICHIGAN

    About the program: UM-Dearborn's online data science master's includes 30 credits of core, specialization, and capstone coursework. Concentration areas include computational intelligence, applications, business analytics, and big data informatics.

    Acceptance rate: 68%

    Graduation rate: 55%

    Avg. annual tuition: $12,375

    Time to completion: Not publicly available 

    GRE/GMAT: GRE is not required

    Minimum GPA: 3.0

    Enrollment periods per year: Rolling

    Course delivery methods: Online, asynchronous

    Accreditation: The University of Michigan-Dearborn is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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