Data Science Degrees Online
Many reputable non-profit universities now offer data science programs in an online/distance learning format. These are often part-time masters degrees or short-burst graduate certificates. Ready to apply? Feel free to skip ahead to our complete list of online master s in data science programs.
Choosing an Online Data Science Program
Name recognition is still important with distance learning — people like to see qualifications from top tech schools. So before you sock thousands of dollars into a program, here are some questions to ask:
- How long has the program been offered for? The longer the better, obviously, though no online programs are going to be THAT old.
- What skills are covered? Remember that data science bootcamps and one-off online skills courses are other viable options.
- Where can I see a demo of the online student experience? Different schools use different technologies to facilitate online learning – let’s just say that some are better more functional than others.
- What resources/data sets will I have access to? Strong schools often have research centers with entrepreneur programs, private/public partnerships, labs, incubators and sponsored competitions.
- Will I be working with great companies on real-world practicums? Ask to see examples of student projects and talk to alumni about the experience.
- Do you have job placement information for the most recent class of graduates? They should!
As a general gauge of quality, you can also look at university rankings in quantitative analysis, comp sci and statistics awards for online offerings. There s no U.S. News World Report ranking specifically targeted at data science, but there is a list of Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs.
Start your search with respected programs recruiting students from around the US.