Master’s in Data Science Programs in Hawaii

The Aloha State has some degree options to offer. To get you up-to-speed, we’ve put together a guide to earning a data science degree in Hawaii. It has details on research and scholarships as well as startups and 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 Denver


Master of Science in Data Science

Earn your MS in Data Science online in as few as 18 months. Bridge courses are available.

  • Complete in as few as 18 months
  • No GRE required

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

Pepperdine University


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

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 to learn more about data science programs in Hawaii.

Studying Data Science in Hawaii

Hawaii has a long history of ties with the Navy and is home to the U.S. Pacific Command. There’s a lot of money in military research and 21st century science . For example, the Pacific International Center For High Technology Research (PICHTR) works with the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of Naval Research. What’s more:

There’s only one major university system, and there are few data science labs and institutes.

Data Science Research & Initiatives at Hawaii Universities

The University of Hawaiʻi (UH) System has a few research initiatives:

  • At UH Mānoa’s Department of Information and Computer Sciences, you’ll find research labs in areas like machine learning, computer-human interaction, and advanced visualization.
  • The Laboratory for Advanced Visualization & Applications (LAVA) is an important one, because it’s designed to act as the core lab for a High Performance Computing and Informatics Institute.

But data visualization isn’t the only area of data interest for UH. It has also:

Online Data Science Programs in Hawaii

You’ll have limited options when it comes to distance learning in Hawaii, though both HPU and UH have offerings. If you need some help assessing quality, have a look at our short checklist on what to look for in an online data science program.

Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science

We have compiled a directory of programs offered by respected schools throughout the country: Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science. Hawaii residents are able to enroll in and complete many of these programs right in their home state.

Data Science Bootcamps in Hawaii

Data science or data analytics bootcamps are a way to jumpstart your career. Bootcamps are intensive educational courses intended to quickly introduce students to new fields, often through hands-on experiences. Bootcamps in Hawaii can be dedicated to data science, the study of gleaning knowledge from sets of information; data analytics, the more practice-minded process of drawing conclusions from information; or both data science and data analytics. See our guides to learn more about data science bootcamps or data analytics bootcamps in Hawaii.

Data Science Scholarships in Hawaii

For this section, we focused on departmental assistantships & tuition waivers. However, the Graduate Studies Office will have advice on general scholarships, outside scholarships, and alternative financing options. Talk to your friendly advisor!

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Data Science Events in Hawaii

Data Science Meetups & Communities in Hawaii

Meetups with a pure data science focus? A couple. Meetups devoted to new technology, startups & entrepreneurship (e.g. Honolulu New Tech), and the latest in academic research? A lot!

  1. Honolulu New Tech: Sponsored by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association (HVCA), this meetup comes together four times every year to chat about the latest happenings in Oahu’s tech and startup scene.
  2. Maui Techies Meetup: Open to anyone who works in tech, this meetup is typically held at the Maui brewing company. It’s not very active, but you may be able to kickstart it.
  3. PyHawaii: Billed as the “Pacific’s Premier Python Users Group,” PyHawaii is a popular Honolulu community that welcomes all levels of Python users – from beginner to advance. Members meetup regularly for tutorials, workshops, projects, and activities.

Bonus Round: We found so many organizations devoted to supporting tech enthusiasts that we felt they merited their own list. So without further ado:

  1. TechHui: Along with those useful links to meetups & communities, TechHui’s online forum can help you network with tech geeks, find employees and contractors, promote your startup, and more.
  2. High Tech Maui: Created by the Maui Economic Development Board, High Tech Maui organizes workshops & networking events, posts news about the latest developments, and maintains a directory of high-tech businesses on Maui.
  3. ThinkTech Hawaii: ThinkTech Hawaii is the NPR of Hawaii’s tech community. It provides coverage of the latest news & events through radio and video presentations.

Data Science Conferences & Workshops in Hawaii

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers was in Honolulu in 2017 with its IEEE International BigData Congress (and its co-located conferences). Island-based conferences include:

  1. East Meets West (EMW): Sponsored by Blue Startups, EMW brings together investors and entrepreneurs 
from Asia, 
Hawaii, and North America. The conference includes a Pitch-off, a Startup Paradise Demo Day, and a Global Entrepreneurs Bootcamp.
  2. Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS): Organized by UH Mānoa’s Shidler College of Business, HICSS is a well-known conference on information systems. Conference tracks focus on many areas of research, including decision analytics, IT in healthcare, electronic government, and more.
  3. Pacific Operational Science and Technology (POST) Conference: POST is intended to help the U.S. government (e.g. DOD, DOE & interagency labs) and partner nations understand operational challenges in the region. Every year in March, you’ll find Asia-Pacific tech experts who are working on issues like disaster relief, maritime security, data fusion, counter terrorism, and more.

Data Science Jobs in Hawaii

There are data science openings in Hawaii. For example, analyst opportunities often exist at regional offices of big internationals (e.g. Booz Allen Hamilton and Deloitte) and healthcare institutions (e.g. AlohaCareHawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), and Hawaii Pacific Health).

Other companies you may wish to consider include:

  • Oceanit, which is one of the largest engineering and technology firms in Hawaii and is working on fascinating projects in life sciences, advanced materials, aerospace, info systems, etc.
  • Referentia, which develops mission-assured cybersecurity solutions for defense and homeland security.
  • Akimeka, which is a subsidiary of VSE Corporation that provides IT solutions to federal, state, and local government clients.

Plus there are the companies that are using specific technologies to wrangle the digital world. In your search, you may run into:

  • AlgorithmHub, which allows users to find, share, and run algorithms in the cloud. Born from XLR8UH, its clients have included the UH Cancer Center and the NSA.
  • Smart Yields, which employs real-time monitoring, data analytics, and digital agronomy to help farmers protect crops, optimize operations, and increase yields.
  • Kapalya, which has developed a mobile app that encrypts data on endpoints, corporate servers, and cloud servers.

Bonus Round: In addition to the usual sites, you can try Tech Jobs Hawaii, which is run by the High Technology Development Corporation. Or you might wish to contact some of the cool Hawaii tech businesses in the TechHui Directory.

Data Scientist Salaries in Hawaii

According to data from the O*NET OnLine in 2020, data scientists made an average $66,410 per year in Hawaii.

Last updated: April 2022

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