If you’ve heard rumors about the Silicon Desert, you’re in the right place. Our guide to Arizona schools has info on big data initiatives, scholarships, job prospects, and much more. Already have a university in mind?
Master of Science in Applied Data Science
Syracuse University’s online Master of Science in Data Science can be completed in as few as 18 months.
Complete in as little as 18 months
No GRE scores required to apply
Southern Methodist University
Master of Science in Data Science
Earn your MS in Data Science at SMU, where you can specialize in Machine Learning or Business Analytics, and complete in as few as 20 months.
No GRE required.
Complete in as little as 20 months.
University of California, Berkeley
Master of Information and Data Science
Earn your Master’s in Data Science online from UC Berkeley in as few as 12 months.
Complete in as few as 12 months
No GRE required
University of Dayton
Master of Business Analytics
Gain in-demand analytics skills with an online master’s in business analytics. Complete in as few as 12 months.
Complete in as few as 12 months
GRE/GMAT not required
Master of Science in Business Analytics
Earn your MS in Business Analytics online from Pepperdine University. Learn advanced tools like Python, Tableau, SQL, Hadoop, and Excel.
Complete in as few as 16 months
Delivered by an AACSB-accredited school
Earn a specialized business master’s degree
Master of Science in Business Analytics
Looking to become a data-savvy leader? Earn your online Master of Science in Business Analytics from Syracuse University.
You’ll find a moderate number of online data science programs in Arizona, especially if you’re considering ASU. The university is one of the players in distance learning, and its W.P. Carey School of Business has a strong nationwide reputation. We cover general things to look for in an online data science program elsewhere, so here we profile your choices in the Grand Canyon State.
Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science
When it comes to graduate certificates in data science, your Arizona choices include the online Business Intelligence & Analytics (Certificate NDP) from UA. This is a broad-based qualification designed for IT professionals, project managers, business analysts, and marketing analysts and researchers. It’s offered through the Department of MIS, so you can be pretty sure the quality will be high.
Both UA and ASU offer graduate degrees in management information systems, and both are designed for mid-level business professionals with IT experience. The curriculum for UA’s degree includes two graduate certificates—the Enterprise Security Certificate and the Business Intelligence and Analytics Certificate. ASU also has a separate online MS in Business Analytics.
If you’re interested in healthcare, you also have the option to consider ASU’s online Master of Advanced Study in Health Informatics. This is administered by the Department of Biomedical Informatics, which does a lot of data research with organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, Banner Health, and Barrow Neurological Institute.
Data Science Bootcamps in Arizona
If you are in Arizona and interested in data science and/or data analytics, but don’t know where to start, consider a bootcamp. Bootcamps are intensive training courses that can quickly introduce you to data science, the study of extracting information from data, or data analysis, the process of pulling practical conclusions from data. Some bootcamps in Arizona focus exclusively on data science and others on data analysis, yet others involve the study of both. See our guides if you would like to learn more about data science bootcamps or data analytics bootcamps in Arizona.
Data Science Scholarships in Arizona
For this section, we looked at university scholarships and non-profit funding that would cover data science programs in each school. But this is just the beginning. The Graduate Studies Office will have more info on general aid (e.g. diversity scholarships), work-study programs, and alternative financing options (e.g. outside awards or low-interest loans).
Arizona State University
AFCEA Educational Fund: The AFCEA is dedicated to supporting the development of engineers and technical personnel—especially in “hard sciences”—through selective training, scholarships, awards, prizes, and grants. It also actively promotes opportunities for persons from groups under-represented in the fields of its interests. Award amounts vary.
ANA Annual Scholarship Program: Offered by A Neumann & Associates, LLC (ANA), this $1,000 business scholarship is awarded to talented students who wish to pursue a career in business. Graduate students are eligible, but they must be full-time.
Chakery Internet Marketing Scholarship: This $500 scholarship is intended to offset the costs of education for high school and college students who have demonstrated an interest in Internet marketing. Graduate students are eligible.
Laser Spine Institute Scholarship: If you’re considering healthcare informatics, the Institute offers a $1,500 scholarship to one full-time undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in a health- or science-related program. Applicants need to show how they will address the most critical issues facing the healthcare industry today.
MS-BA Need-Based Scholarships: The W. P. Carey School of Business awards scholarships to business analytics students based on financial need. You will need to complete a FAFSA and your program application in order to be considered for these funds.
University of Arizona
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Scholarships: This department administers masters’ degrees in fields like Applied Econometrics and Data Analytics, and there are a small number of scholarships available. Students who are offered an assistantship and have a GPA above 3.4 may be eligible for in-state tuition waivers.
MIS Doctoral Awards and Scholarships: Taking it one step beyond an MS? The Department of Management Information Systems (MIS) offers a number of awards and scholarships to PhD students.
Big Data Developers Phoenix: Sponsored by IBM, this free meetup is designed to allow data scientists and developers the chance to work hands-on with solutions and tools in IBM’s Big Data portfolio. Topics include Hadoop, data visualization, NoSQL, big data app development and more. There’s a similar group for Big Data Developers Tucson.
Data Science Phoenix: Members of this meetup get together monthly to discuss everything to do with big data and data science. There are a lot of talks from industrial, academic, and government speakers, including ASU researchers describing their latest findings.
GeekMeet Tucson: If you’re looking for something a little more casual, GeekMeet has a lot of happy hours and speaker events for geeks of all ages.
Startup Grind Phoenix: Powered by Google for Startups, this meetup organizes presentations by local founders, innovators, and investors. Most of these events require you to pay for a ticket.
PHX Startup Week: Every winter, the Phoenix Valley plays host to a six-day celebration of the local startup ecosystem. Events include 1-on-1 mentor sessions, competitions, debates, and expert panels.
Venture Madness: In the spirit of “March Madness,” this is a bracket-style competition sponsored by Invest Southwest and the Arizona Commerce Authority. 64 start-ups compete for a lucrative investment pool from regional investors.
Data Science Jobs in Arizona
Along with the growth in tech employment that we mentioned in the introduction, the Valley of the Sun is nurturing a wide variety of start-ups, including companies like CampusLogic and ClearVoice. Silicon Valley has set up outposts here—Yelp has an office in Scottsdale and Uber has rented space in the heart of downtown—and you’ll find plenty of major corporations with a Phoenix presence.
In Tucson, UA is using Tech Launch Arizona to help students and researchers move ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace, and its Tech Parks are home to a wide variety of emerging businesses. Entrepreneurs may want to pay a visit to Startup Tucson.
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