Slideshow 25 Top Degree Programs for Data Analytics Professionals, Part 1

  • December 01 2015, 6:30am EST
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25 Top Degree Programs for Data Analytics Professionals, Part 1

Want to cash in on the current hiring craze for big data and data analytics talent? These top college and university degree programs will give you a great start.

25 Top Degree Programs for Data Analytics Professionals, Part 1

Recent studies have confirmed that CIOs plan to spend more on data analytics than any other technology category in 2016. They also reveal that salaries for data professionals are rising faster than most all other jobs in IT. These are indeed the best of times for data analysts and data scientists, if you have the right experience and education. For those that don't have a formal degree in analytics, here is a look at 25 of the top data-related degree programs in the United States, listed alphabetically.

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Arizona State University

Arizona State UniversityLocation: Tempe, AZSchool: W.P. Carey School of BusinessDegree: Master of Science in Business AnalyticsFull-time program: 9 monthsWebsite: This program focuses on how to use analytics in day-to-day business processes and how to manage it effectively. Required courses include data mining, applied regression models, analytical decision making tools and business analytics strategy.

Bentley University

Bentley UniversityLocation: Waltham, MASchool: Graduate School of BusinessDegree: Master of Science in Marketing AnalyticsFull-time program: 1-1.5 yearsWebsite: The program includes a core 10-class curriculum, with includes required classes in strategic marketing, statistics and marketing research. Students also complete three graduate-level elective courses in marketing and/or information technology. All classes are held at night.

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon UniversityLocation: Pittsburgh, PASchool: Heinz CollegeDegree: Master of Information Systems Management or Master of Science in Information TechnologyFull-time program: 16 monthsWebsite: There are three core areas of focus for both of these programs: Business intelligence; Data analytics; and Information technology. Students are cross-trained in business process analysis and taught skills in predictive modeling, GIS mapping, analytical reporting, and segmentation analysis and data visualization.

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Columbia University

Columbia UniversityLocation: New York, NYSchool: Data Science InstituteDegree: Master of Science in Data ScienceFull-time program: 30 creditsWebsite: The Data Science Institute is collaboration between nine of the university’s schools. Students can select an entrepreneurship track, or various elective tracks that concentrate on areas such as cyber security, health analytics, and smart cities.

DePaul University

DePaul UniversityLocation: Chicago, ILSchool: The College of Computing and Digital MediaDegree: Master of Science in Predictive AnalyticsFull-time program: 52 credit hoursWebsite: The program covers database processing for large scale analytics, decisions in marketing management. Electives include Monte Carlo algorithms, and designing for visualization.

Drexel University

Drexel UniversityLocation: Philadelphia, PASchool: LoBow College of BusinessDegree: Master of Science in Business AnalyticsFull-time program: 45 creditsWebsite: Students can earn an Online Master’s in Health Informatics over the course of 45 credit hours. While a background in healthcare is preferred, students can complete electives and one term in a clinical healthcare setting to round out their graduate experience.

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George Washington University

George Washington UniversityLocation: Washington DCSchool: School of BusinessDegree: Master of Science in Business AnalyticsFull-time program: 33 credits, 10-12 monthsWebsite: The curriculum combines foundational courses in descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics, and elective courses in analytics applied to specific functional areas or industries. Students also get workshops in communication, team and project management skills; and hands-on exposure to industry standard analytics tools and software.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)Location: Atlanta, GASchool: College of Computing, College of Engineering, and Scheller College of BusinessDegree: Master of Science in AnalyticsFull-time program: 1 yearWebsite: Depending on a student’s individual career goals, the program consists of a core curriculum, and three optional specialized tracks: Analytical Tools, Business Analytics, and Computational Data Analytics.

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Harrisburg University of Science and TechnologyLocation: Harrisburg, PASchool: School of Science and TechnologyDegree: Master of Science in AnalyticsFull-time program: 12-24 monthsWebsite: This 36 credit-hour online degree program was designed with help from representatives from companies such as LinkedIn, IBM, and Versatile Systems. Its goal is to meet the growing demand for data scientists and big data professionals. Students explore real-world issues related to data science, information technology, and business of analytics.

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Louisiana State University

Louisiana State UniversityLocation: Baton Rouge, LASchool: E. J. Ourso College of BusinessDegree: Master of Science in AnalyticsFull-time program: 1 yearWebsite: This program is sponsored by SAS and is modeled on the Institute for Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State. The program works with real-world data, and has a focus on data mining, forecasting, customer segmentation and predictive analytics.

Michigan State University

Michigan State UniversityLocation: East Lansing, MISchool: Broad College of BusinessDegree: Master of Science in Business AnalyticsFill-time program: 1 yearWebsite: The program has three core areas of focus: Business data management process and analytic approaches; Data management and analysis; and Experiential project management using live data sets for analysis and application.

New York University

New York UniversityLocation: New York, NYSchool: Center for Data ScienceDegree: MS in Data ScienceFull-time program: 3 or 4 semestersWebsite: The Center for Data Science works closely with the Center for Urban Science and Progress and the Center for the Promotion of Research Involving Innovative Statistical Methodology. Students complete a capstone project where they apply what they’ve learned to a real-world problem. Course requirements include Machine Learning & Computational Statistics; and Inference & Representation.

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The remaining colleges and universities in our 25 Top Degree Programs for Data Analytics Professionals appear in Part 2 of this slideshow.