Master’s in Data Science Programs in Indiana

Wondering what the Hoosier State holds for data lovers? We’ve put together a quick guide on everything you need to know—from schools and research projects to scholarships and job prospects.


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 to learn more about data science programs in Indiana.

Studying Data Science in Indiana

Indianapolis has committed to entrepreneurship and innovation through the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). Venture firms like Elevate Ventures and organizations like TechPoint are also seeding growth.

You’ll see evidence of this activity at places such as the Applied Data Science Core at the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI) and the 16 Tech in Indianapolis, as well as the Internet of Things (IoT) Lab in Fishers. Indiana, while not Silicon Valley, does attract tech workers who want job stability, affordable living costs, and short commutes.

Data Science Research & Initiatives at Indiana Universities

To feed this development, Indiana is relying on graduates from Indiana University Bloomington (IU), Purdue University, and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology:

Meanwhile, Purdue is taking an interdisciplinary approach:

  • Its Discovery Park contains a variety of centers and institutes researching everything from nanotechnology to analytical instrument development to quantum science and engineering..
  • It has developed centers such as the Krenicki Center for Business Analytics and Machine Learning,, which allow students and faculty to explore real-world applications of big data.
  • It participates in the Center for Science of Information NSF Science and Technology Center, a collaborative effort intended to advance the next generation of information theory through research and teaching.

The University of Notre Dame also has a Computational Data Science and Engineering research group.

Online Data Science Programs in Indiana

A number of these Indiana schools have developed online programs in data science. As you might expect from their research interests, IU is focused on big data and IUPUI builds on the strength of its BioHealth Department.

We cover general things to look for in an online data science program elsewhere, so here we profile your choices in the Hoosier State.

Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science

For working professionals and recent graduates, IU has a broad-based online Certificate in Data Science that can be tailored to areas of interest (e.g. cloud computing, health and medicine, etc.). Course credits can be applied to the MS in Data Science later down the track.

IUPUI’s online Clinical Informatics Certificate is more focused on leveraging information systems than exploring the realm of data science, but it could prove useful if you’re a healthcare worker trying to wrangle big data from electronic health records.

You may also wish to visit our directory of Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science. This has a list of certificates in all kinds of fields (e.g. data mining, analytics, etc.) from respected schools across the country.

Online Master’s Degrees in Data Science

IU has all kinds of graduate programs for distance learners. For instance, the School of Informatics has an online Master of Science in Data Science and an online PhD Minor.

If you’re thinking of corporate applications, IU’s Kelley School of Business has an online Master of Science in Business Analytics. In 2020, Kelley was ranked #2 in Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report.

Don’t have a bachelor’s degree in a quantitative or technical field? Have a look at the University of Notre Dame’s online Master of Science in Data Science. Working with big data in healthcare? Check out IUPUI’s online Master of Science or PhD Minor in Health Informatics. This explores everything from policy and product development to efficiency and customer service.

Data Science Bootcamps in Indiana

Living in Indiana and looking to jumpstart your career in data science or data analytics? Consider signing up for a data science or data analytics bootcamp. Bootcamps are courses of study meant to quickly and efficiently introduce students to new fields. Bootcamps in Indiana may focus on data science, the study of how knowledge is derived from information; data analytics, the more practice-oriented process of drawing specific conclusions from information; or both data science and data analytics. Check out our guides if you’re interested in learning more about data science bootcamps or data analytics bootcamps in Indiana.

Data Science Scholarships in Indiana

For this section, we focused on university scholarships and assistantships that apply to the school’s data science program. But don’t take this as the end! The Graduate Studies Office will have details on general aid and alternative financing options.

Indiana University Bloomington

  • MBA Fellowships and Graduate Assistantships: Over half of MBA students at IU receive merit-based aid—awards can range from $10,000 to full tuition. No separate application is needed. Visit the website for full details. MBA students, including those majoring in business analytics, are eligible for graduate assistantships in the Spring of their first year.
  • MSIS Fellowships and Graduate Assistantships: All students admitted to the MS in Information Systems program are considered for a limited number of merit-based fellowships (i.e. departmental aid). No separate application is needed. The Kelly School awards merit-based graduate assistantships to some students enrolled in the MS in Information Systems.
  • School of Informatics and Computing (SOIC) Graduate Assistantships: SOIC offers graduate assistantships to a number of its on-campus data science students. Further info is provided by the School to likely candidates.

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

  • School of Informatics and Computing (SOIC) Financial Aid and Awards
    • John R. Gibbs Undergraduate Scholarship/Graduate Fellowship for Innovation: The School of Informatics and Computing awards $1,000 each year to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student who is interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. The student must have a record of academic excellence and a minimum 3.5 GPA.
    • Spandana Kommalapati Memorial Scholarship: This $1,000 annual scholarship is specifically awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student in the Department of BioHealth Informatics. Students must demonstrate academic excellence, a minimum 3.2 GPA, and financial need.

Purdue University

  • MS BAIM Scholarship: Purdue offers a number of merit-based scholarships to students who are accepted into the Master of Science in Business Analytics and Information Management program. The number of scholarships depends on available funding. All applicants are considered; no separate application is required.

Saint Mary’s College

  • Lilly Endowment Scholarship for Data Science: The Lilly Endowment Scholarship for Data Science is a merit-based award for students admitted to the Master of Science in Data Science program. Students must be either (1) residents of Indiana or (2) recent graduates (within the past year) of an Indiana undergraduate institution. Saint Mary’s considers all applicants that meet the scholarship requirements, and recipients will receive $1,000 per term for their first 5 terms.

Data Science Events in Indiana

Data Science Meetups & Communities in Indiana

Central Indiana has opportunities for networking and collaboration. Here are 4 data science meetups around Indianapolis that you may wish to explore:

  1. Big Data Developers in Indianapolis: Sponsored by IBM, this hands-on meetup often features a presentation on a specific technology, followed by a chance to play and collaborate. Talks have included an overview of Watson’s capabilities, an intro to Apache Spark, Machine Learning, etc.
  2. DataScience Indy: This group is one of the largest and most popular in the state, and hosts regular monthly meetups in Indianapolis. Data science, big data, data analytics, data visualization—pretty much every topic is explored.
  3. Indy Big Data: Based in the Carmel/Fishers area, Indy Big Data attracts folks who are building large-scale data processing systems and working with tools like Hadoop, HBase, Cassandra, MongoDB, etc.
  4. Indy useR Group: All levels of R users, from beginner to expert level, are welcome at this monthly meetup. It’s heavily focused on new tools and technologies, as well as research and commercial applications.

Data Science Conferences & Workshops in Indiana

It’s no secret that major data science conferences (e.g. Strata Data ConferencePredictive Analytics WorldIEEE ConferencesSIGKDDThe Machine Learning Conference etc.) stick to large cities, but don’t forget that Detroit and Chicago aren’t far away. Alternatively, you can try some of the smaller events, which are often organized by IU universities. These include:

  1. Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI) Events: IUNI organizes regularNetSci Talks. All NetSci talks are livecasted and archived.
  2. Indy Big Data: Pardon the pun, but this is the big one in Indiana. The annual conference attracts attendees to workshops and talks on everything from analytics and data management to security and IoT.
  3. IUPUI School of Informatics and Computing Colloquia Series: IUPUI invites a variety of leaders in informatics research and practice to its campus in Indianapolis. Talks cover a huge range of topics, but healthcare is often emphasized.
  4. Kelley School of Business Institute for Business Analytics (IBA) Conferences: The IBA has interesting conferences at IU, including forums devoted to every aspect of analytics (e.g. marketing, supply chain, finance, etc.).

Data Science Jobs in Indiana

As soon as you mention Indiana and data, someone is bound to bring up Salesforce. Its regional headquarters is in Indianapolis.

But it’s not the only player. For example, the global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Co. is headquartered in Indiana. There are also data-focused companies like ClearObject and Predictive Science, as well as smaller tech startups like ClusterTruck (delivery app), DemandJump (AI), and Fizzology (social media research).

If you’re looking for up-and-coming opportunities, be sure to check out TechPoint’s Mira Awards, which honor the state’s most promising technology companies.

Data Scientist Salaries in Indiana

According to data from the O*NET OnLine in 2020, data scientists made an average $76,920 per year in Indiana.

Last updated: April 2022

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