The Best Data Science and Business Analytics Programs

The Best Data Science and Business Analytics Programs

FORTUNE Education published their newest online graduate program rankings, rating the best online graduate programs for data science and for business analytics.

Best online master’s in data science programs in 2022

The University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign was named the top online graduate program for data science, followed by the University of California—Berkeley and Texas Tech University.

Additional rankings #4 — #15

  • Rank 4: Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Mass.

  • Rank 5: Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass.

  • Rank 6: Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, Md.

  • Rank 7: University of Missouri—Columbia in Columbia, Mo.

  • Rank 8: New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J.

  • Rank 9: CUNY School of Professional Studies in New York, N.Y.

  • Rank 10: Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.

  • Rank 11: Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.

  • Rank 12: University of Denver in Denver, Colo.

  • Rank 13: Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas

  • Rank 14: Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.

  • Rank 15: Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb.

Best online master’s in business analytics programs in 2022

Texas A&M University took top honors on the best online graduate programs for business analytics list, followed by Indiana University—Bloomington and Arizona State University.


Additional rankings #4 — #12

  • Rank 4: Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.

  • Rank 5: University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

  • Rank 6: West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.

  • Rank 7: University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio

  • Rank 8: Ohio University in Athens, Ohio

  • Rank 9: Pepperdine University (Graziadio) in Malibu, Calif.

  • Rank 10: Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.

  • Rank 11: American University (Kogod) in Washington, D.C.

  • Rank 12: Kent State University in Kent, Ohio

Demand for data scientists and business analysts

Lance Lambert, FORTUNE Education Editorial Director, said: "The exponential growth in data has translated into demand for data scientists and business analysts that greatly outpaces how fast universities can train them. In the coming years, these degree programs will continue to explode. And for good reason: According to the BLS, the average wage for data scientists is $103,930 — a figure that rises to $148,680 in the Bay Area."

FORTUNE's first-ever Top Online Graduate Programs for Data Science ranking was based on a Selectivity Score (85%) that takes into consideration the undergraduate GPAs and years of work experience of incoming students in conjunction with the schools' acceptance rates, and a Demand Score (15%) comprising the total enrollment size of the programs, as well as the number of applicants to each program from the most recent academic year. In total, 15 online data science master's programs made the ranking.

The first Top Online Graduate Programs for Business Analytics ranking from FORTUNE also takes into consideration a Selectivity Score (65%) and Demand Score (15%), and also weighs a Brand Score (20%). FORTUNE partnered with Ipsos to interview a total of 2,500 business professionals and hiring managers to get a sense of how strongly that cohort feels about recruiting from these schools. In total, FORTUNE ranked 12 online business analytics master's programs.

Curated by a team of expert journalists, FORTUNE Education is a destination for ongoing reporting about what prospective students should know in order to make the best, most impactful decisions for their careers.

FORTUNE Education also produces rankings and ratings of graduate, post-graduate, executive education, and personal and professional improvement programs, informed by which skills matter to businesses today.

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