Master’s in Data Science Programs in Arkansas

Wondering what the Ozarks hold for data geeks? Our guide to earning a data science degree in Arkansas may have some answers. Here you’ll find info on research and scholarships to jobs as well as potential salary numbers.


Syracuse University


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

Syracuse University


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.

  • As few as 18 months to complete 
  • No GRE required to apply


Read on learn more about data science in Arkansas.

Studying Data Science in Arkansas

Data science in Arkansas is concentrated in two regions:

Yet the Land of Opportunity still has a way to go before we’re willing to call it Silicon Ark. According to CompTIA’s Cyberstates tool, Arkansas ranks a low #45th in the nation for percentage of its workforce in tech in 2022. Just 3% of workers in the state are in the tech industry in 2022.

Data Science Research & Initiatives at Arkansas Universities

At UARK you’ll discover:

  1. The Arkansas Research & Technology Park (ARTP) where you can visit the GENESIS Technology Incubator, the Innovation Center, and the Engineering Research Center (ENRC). ARTP is also the address of the technology venture development firm, VIC Technology Venture.
  2. The Sam Walton College of Business with its close ties to retail & transportation companies and its data-focused centers of interest (such as the Center for Business & Economic Research.

But the real thrust for data science appears to be coming from Little Rock. For it’s at the University of Arkansas Little Rock (UALR) where you’ll find initiatives such as:

  • The Emerging Analytics Center and its projects on virtual reality, large data visualization, and interactive technologies.
  • The MidSouth Bioinformatics Center (MBC), which provides bioinformatics consulting, training & technical assistance to students & researchers in the region. (UALR has a thriving bioinformatics department.)
  • The Institute for Chief Data Officers, created through a partnership with MIT, and committed to the professional development of CDOs.
  • And Tech Launch, which is designed to help students & faculty realize the commercial potential of their inventions.

Did we mention the Department of Biomedical Informatics, the Translational Research Institute (TRI), and an innovative technology licensing office & life science business incubator called Bioventures at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)?

Online Data Science Programs in Arkansas

Considering its size, Arkansas has a solid number of data science programs for distance learners. UALR and UARK are a couple options, but there’s also Arkansas Technical University. Having trouble choosing between online and campus? Have a look at our advice on what to look for in an online data science program.

Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science

UALR’s online Graduate Certificate in Data Science is one option. The syllabus covers the fundamentals of database systems, data science skills & concepts, information visualization, and data protection and privacy. Course credits can be used toward UALR’s Master of Science in Information Science.

If you’re looking for skills in a specific field:

  • UARK’s 75% online Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics from the Walton School of Business will school you in fundamentals of data analytics, management & mining, and prepare you for SAS® certification. Credit hours can be applied to UARK’s MIS or MS in Statistics/Analytics.
  • UARK’s 100% online Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Technologies can help geoscientists get up-to-speed in areas like programming and spatial databases, as well as core geospatial skills and certifications.

If none of the above suit your needs, our directory of Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science has listings from respected schools around the country.

Online Master’s Degrees in Data Science

Interested in a degree in hard-core data science? UALR has options for its distance learners:

  • The online Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) is a data science degree by any other name. The syllabus tackles the same subjects covered in the online graduate certificate, but it also includes coursework in self-selected areas such as AI, Business Intelligence, virtual reality, etc.
  • The online Master of Science in Information Quality (MSIQ) prioritizes IQ principles, tools, and strategies. Having said that, the syllabus includes a heavy dose of core courses and electives in data science, including visualization, systems analysis, and databases.

Climbing the career ladder? UARK’s Professional Master of Information Systems is primarily online. It’s designed to give Arkansas professionals hands-on experience in analytics, data management, data mining, and enterprise computing platforms. Students work with real data sets from real companies.

Enamored with health information technology? ATU’s online (or on-campus) Master of Science in Health Informatics might be right up your alley. In addition to exposing students to technical skills, the syllabus covers important areas such as privacy & security and leadership & policy.

Data Science Bootcamps in Arkansas

For those in Arkansas looking to break into the field of data science or data analytics, a bootcamp may be useful. Bootcamps are intensive training courses that can quickly introduce newcomers to the basics of data science, the study of creating knowledge from information, or data analytics, the process of pulling specific conclusions from information. Although some bootcamps in Arkansas may focus on data science and others on data analytics, others combine a fluid study of both. See our guides to learn more about data science bootcamps or data analytics bootcamps in Arkansas.

Data Science Scholarships in Arkansas

We’ve highlighted university scholarships and assistantships that apply to the school’s data program. But this isn’t the end of the line! The university’s Graduate Studies Office will have more info on general & private scholarships and alternative financing options.

Arkansas Tech University

  • Emerging Graduate Scholarship: Any ATU graduate student is eligible for this $1,000 award. Students must be admitted to an ATU graduate program (e.g. health informatics) and earned an undergraduate degree with a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher. However, students who receive a graduate assistantship are not eligible for the scholarship.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Graduate Assistantships & Scholarships: Some graduate assistantships & scholarships are available to MSIQ and PhD students. Assistantships typically include a partial or full tuition scholarship and a stipend of around $6,450 (20 hours per week for 2 semesters) or $3,225 (10 hours per week for 2 semesters).

University of Arkansas

  • Department of Mathematical Sciences Scholarships: Students in the MS in Statistics and Analytics program can apply for scholarships from the department. Most awards range from $1,000 to $3,000 and are awarded annually.
  • Department of Mathematical Science Teaching Assistantships: Many students in the department are supported by teaching assistantships, with a basic stipend of $14,600 for a nine-month appointment. These are half-time positions requiring up to 20 hours per week.
  • Graduate Assistantships: All UARK graduate programs offer a limited number of assistantships. In exchange for 20 hours of work per week. GAs receive a tuition waiver and a stipend of $4,500 each semester. In addition, the MIS program offers a second level of assistantship which waives out-of-state tuition and provides the same stipend.

Data Science Events in Arkansas

Data Science Meetups & Communities in Arkansas

Pickings for data-focused groups in Arkansas can be pretty slim. The Fayetteville area is probably your best bet, though Little Rock has a few groups organized by The Venture Center.

  1. Little Rock Entrepreneurs: LRE hopes to attract local entrepreneurs, startup founders, idea generators, and creative business thinkers. It meets weekly; presentations about your business or idea are welcome.
  2. NWA Business Networking: With 2,100+ members, this is a meetup that might help you make friends and influence people. Meetings are often over some coffee and members are welcome to share info about their businesses or projects.
  3. NWA Data Science Meetup: The “big one” in Arkansas. Open to data scientists, software engineers, and business analysts, it tackles everything from AI and machine learning to NLP, Python, R – you name it. Members also belong to theFayettePy Python Meetup.

Data Science Conferences & Workshops in Arkansas

You’ll have to pack your bags if you want to attend conferences like Strata Data ConferencePredictive Analytics WorldIEEE ConferencesSIGKDD, and The Machine Learning Conference Arkansas is still too small to attract much attention. We found it tough to find AR events with a pure data science focus, so we expanded our search to include tech fests and developer conferences.

  1. Arkansas Digital Government Summit (ADGS): Organized by GovTech, the ADGS is aimed at state & local government reps who want to know more about digital government trends, emerging technologies, data & analytics, cyber security – anything that affects their future.
  2. Little Rock Tech Fest: LRTF is a two-day conference for gung-ho web & software developers. Talks go heavy on tools & technologies.
  3. NWA Tech Fest: Sponsored by some well-known NWA companies, Fayetteville’s signature tech event is a low-cost, broad-based day of talks for tech geeks.
  4. Northwest Arkansas Technology (NWA) Summit: Our pick! Held in Bentonville, the NWA Summit covers the latest tech developments in all kinds of AR fields (e.g. retail, healthcare, transportation, agriculture, finance, etc.).

Data Science Jobs in Arkansas

ATU’s Arkansas Tech Business Index will show you where the most economic activity is happening. For instance, in Northwest Arkansas:

In Little Rock:

Data Scientist Salaries in Arkansas

According to data from the O*NET OnLine in 2020, data scientists made an average $109,020 per year in Arkansas.

Last updated: April 2022

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