Torn between the bluegrass and the world over yonder? We’re here to help. Our guide to earning a data science degree in Kentucky has details on research and distance learning as well as startups and potential salary numbers.
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.
As few as 18 months to complete
No GRE required to apply
Read on to learn more about data science programs in Kentucky.
Studying Data Science in Kentucky
Kentucky is part of the Midwest —a geographic area that includes Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, and Ohio. These states are less known for their tech and data science sectors, but there are some signs of progress.
Applied Statistics Lab (ASL): With expertise from the departments of statistics and biostatistics, the ASL offers analytics consulting, statistical programming workshops, and assistance with research grants and partnerships.
UK may be big, but it isn’t the only school with a stake in Kentucky’s future. For example:
Northern Kentucky University (NKU)’s Center for Applied Informatics (CAI) runs an innovative virtual co-op program where students create data science & informatics solutions for organizations around the world.
When it comes to distance learning and data science, Kentucky has less options than other states (e.g. California). However, you will have some choice, especially if you’re willing to be flexible in your skill-set.
Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science
For busy professionals, U of L has an online Graduate Certificate in Data Science. This 18-credit hour program will ground you in data mining and database fundamentals, but it also includes a generous bunch of electives in any topic you fancy (e.g. bioinformatics, e-commerce, AI, etc.).
There are a couple of online degrees from Kentucky schools worth considering:
U of L’s online Master of Science in Computer Science contains many of the same data science courses that appear in U of L’s graduate certificate (e.g. data mining, databases, AI, etc.). You can choose between a master’s thesis or a real-world project, and—like the grad certificate—you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to relevant electives.
UK’s online Master of Applied Statistics is a part-time or full-time program and the curriculum is designed to provide graduates with big data skills, analytics expertise, and a thorough knowledge of statistical methodologies.
Is healthcare your one and only love? Check out NKU’s Master of Health Informatics. Offered in an online, on-campus, or blended format, this degree covers clinical informatics and health information systems. Even better, it allows you to specialize in healthcare data analytics, healthcare process management, or healthcare administration. EHR technologies, HIPAA compliance, FDA regulations—it’s all in there.
Data Science Bootcamps in Kentucky
For those in Kentucky who are interested in jump-starting their careers in data science or data analytics, a bootcamp may be an option. A bootcamp is an intensive educational program meant to quickly and efficiently introduce students to new fields. Bootcamps in Kentucky can focus on data science, the study of extracting information from raw data; data analytics, the process by which conclusions are drawn from data; or a combination of both data science and data analytics. Check out our guides to learn more about data science bootcamps or data analytics bootcamps in Kentucky.
Data Science Scholarships in Kentucky
In our search for institutional aid that relates to each school’s data program, we didn’t find much.
We found some data science meetings and communities worth noting.
Louisville Business Intelligence & Big Data Analytics Meetup: One of the largest data science communities in the state! It has a strong membership base and a mix of online & in-person events. You’ll find discussions on the use of BI in applications, machine learning tutorials, an IBM DataFirst Launch—you name it.
Though not exactly targeted, here are some events in Kentucky that will offer a chance for you to network like crazy.
Code PaLOUsa: Sure, it’s about software development, but this Louisville event has plenty of sessions on big data, the Cloud, and databases. If you’re interested in playing with geo-data visualizations or assessing the consequences of “cloud-ifying” your data warehouse, you’re in the right place.
Kentucky Digital Government Summit (KDGS): Organized by GovTech, KDGS is a place for government organizations, as well as public sector and private sector participants, to get together and tackle technology challenges. Smart cities, wrangling big data, security issues—these are the kind of sessions you can expect to attend.
Startup Weekend Louisville: This weekend is a chance for wannabe startup stars to pitch ideas and collaborate with others on a hypothetical early stage business. You don’t need to have an idea to participate—just bring your skills and enthusiasm.
Techfest Lou: Hosted by the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (TALK), Techfest is a summit for Kentucky’s tech geeks. Anything and everything is covered—from IoT and healthcare to advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity.
UK CCTS Conference: The UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science has a vested interest in improving public health, and its annual research conference brings together a lot of healthcare data experts across the UK ecosystem.
In your search, you’re likely to see postings in areas such as:
Healthcare & Biotech:Humana is a large company around Louisville, but you’ll also see data activity at pharma companies (e.g. PharMerica and Catalent), healthcare analytics firms (e.g. Carewise Health), biotech research labs (e.g. Hera BioLabs), life science firms, and clinical organizations.
Higher Education: Kentucky’s universities are potential employers. The state also has some interesting tech firms that have opportunities for data scientists (e.g. Capture Higher Ed).
Like unique ideas? There are Lexington firms exploring areas such as IoT (e.g. Cirrusmio and Scante), microgravity applications (e.g. Space Tango), and financial operating networks (e.g. Hijro), and Louisville companies involved in everything from social media data (e.g. Apollo) to motorcycle technologies (e.g. Revio). AngelList has a helpful overview of many of these Kentucky Startups, as well as open job postings.
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