Master’s in Data Science Programs in Maine

Considering University of Maine or University of New England? Have a look at our short guide to earning a Maine data science degree. It has details on research labs and scholarships to meetups 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 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 Maine.

Studying Data Science in Maine

Maine ranks 38th on CompTIA’s Cyberstates tool for percentage of workforce in tech (just 3.5%) in 2022.

Data Science Research & Initiatives at Maine Universities

Of course, where some see weaknesses, others see opportunities. In particular, the University of Maine (UMaine) has been building its expertise in spatial informatics – a field with huge relevance to the state’s natural resources. It’s at UMaine’s School of Computing and Information Science where you’ll find:

The University of Southern Maine (USM) also has a strong stake in data science – the School of Business’s Center for Business and Economic Research is actively involved in data-driven decision-making – but keep an eye on the geospatial sphere.

Online Data Science Programs in Maine

Maine’s online landscape includes schools like UMaine and the University of New England (UNE).

If you’re worried about quality, you can cross-check these offerings against our bullet point list of what to look for in an online data science program.

Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science

Maine’s online graduate certificates tend to reflect the university’s departmental strengths. For example:

Looking for something less specialized? Our directory of Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science has a long list of programs offered by respected schools throughout the nation.

Online Master’s Degrees in Data Science

In a Maine master’s degree, you can expect the same core coursework as the online graduate certificate, followed by plenty of opportunities to specialize. For example:

  • UMaine’s online Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) includes electives in business (e.g. databases and data mining), spatial information system (e.g. GIS), computer science, and even education.
  • UMaine’s online Master of Science in Spatial Informatics includes electives in spatial analysis, virtual reality, geosensor networks, robotics, and much more.
  • UNE’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics offers electives in areas such as consumer informatics, healthcare finance and economics, and user experience.

Data Science Bootcamps in Maine

A bootcamp is a relatively brief, intense educational program meant to introduce students to a new subject quickly and efficiently. In Maine, students can find bootcamps dedicated to data science, the study of how knowledge is derived from raw data, or data analytics, the more practice-oriented process of drawing specific conclusions from data. Bootcamps in Maine may focus on data science, data analytics or both. See our guides if you are interested in learning more about data science bootcamps or data analytics bootcamps in Maine.

Data Science Scholarships in Maine

For this section, we’ve highlighted university scholarships that apply to the school’s data or analytics program. But the bucks don’t stop there! For example, UMaine’s section on Graduate Funding has a lot of ideas about financial aid options and USM offers both Graduate Studies Scholarships and Special Interest Scholarships. Check with the Graduate Studies Office for more info.

University of Maine

  • Spatial Informatics Research Assistantships: Graduate students are eligible for a variety of research assistantships, which may be funded by individual faculty members or groups of faculty. UMaine suggests that you contact individual faculty to inquire about current or upcoming projects.
  • UMaine Scholarships: MSIS program students may be eligible for university-wide scholarships and assistantships.

University of Southern Maine

  • Bank of America Scholarship: In order to qualify for this $2,000 scholarship, graduate students must be enrolled in a School of Business program on a full-time basis, meet the low-to-moderate income qualification, and be in good academic standing.
  • CSTH Dean’s Scholarships: The CSTH scholarship is open to any student enrolled in a degree within the College of Science, Technology, and Health (e.g. MS in Statistics). Award amounts vary.
  • Dean John W. Bay Scholarship: This $1,500 scholarship is intended for School of Business students who exhibit leadership potential through volunteer work at the University, School of Business, and/or community organizations. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Michael E. Dubyak Scholarship: Are you a Maine resident interested in a career in the field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM)? This scholarship will cover your full tuition for one year (i.e. a full scholarship with no other financial aid or the difference between financial aid and the cost of tuition and fees).
  • Robert W. Berry Memorial Scholarship: This $1,500 award is given to a student pursuing an interest in technology and business. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • STEM Scholarship: Eligible students must be majoring in a STEM program at USM and be in good academic standing. Award amounts vary.
  • WEX Scholarship: WEX is another scholarship for students in STEM programs, but it is open only to Maine residents. Award amounts vary.

Data Science Events in Maine

Data Science Meetups & Communities in Maine

Portland doesn’t have many data science meetups. If you don’t mind expanding your parameters to areas like coding, hacking, and cybersecurity, TechMaine has a comprehensive directory of User Groups & Meetups across the state.

  1. Big Data Deep Analytics Portland Maine: You’ll find a lot of Mainers diving into advanced data science here. Think big data applications in every industry – bioinformatics, retail, healthcare, insurance, finance, and sensor networks.
  2. Maine GIS User Group (MEGUG): MEGUG is probably the biggest Geographic Information Science/Systems group in the state, and members have access to a wide range of conferences, workshops, and networking events. It also provides professional development tracking for certification.
  3. Seacoast (ME/NH) Data Science: This meetup migrates around the coastal towns (e.g. Portsmouth and Portland) and is open to beginners and established researchers alike. Areas of focus include data science, data analytics, data visualization, R, Python, and more.

Data Science Conferences & Workshops in Maine

Maine still has a long way to go before it can attract big name events such as Strata Data ConferencePredictive Analytics WorldIEEE Conferences and SIGKDD, and MLconf. However, there are a number of conferences with a data flavor. And you’re only a short(ish) drive from Boston and Manchester.

  1. Maine Digital Government Summit: MDGS is a veritable smorgasbord for state and local government organizations. The one-day agenda includes topics such as data & analytics, the Cloud, and emerging trends & technologies.
  2. Maine Start-Up and Create Week: As the name implies, this Portland event is a chance for local entrepreneurs to attend sessions with industry leaders, participate in hands-on workshops, and network like crazy. The week includes the MTI’s TechWalk, an evening showcase of MTI’s technology-based companies.
  3. Maine Municipal Technology Conference: Looking at UM’s spatial informatics programs? Check out this South Portland event. Sessions often focus on geospatial technologies & applications (e.g. LiDAR) and the Maine GIS User Group (MEGUG) is usually present.
  4. Maine Technology Users Group (MTUG) IT Summit & Tradeshow: MTUG’s long-running tech conference in Portland is geared toward Maine’s telecommunications and computer networking industries.
  5. PopTech: Every October, the Camden Opera House plays host to this multidisciplinary gathering of innovators and academics. It’s deliberately broad, with topics ranging from robotics and neuroscience to clean energy and public health.

Data Science Jobs in Maine

Although Maine is known for clothing brand L.L. Bean, it’s not just about sturdy boots. A good place to start your job hunt is MTUG’s Job Board.

You’ll also find company names and big data employers mentioned in TechMaine’s profiles of technology clusters. For example:

  • Bioscience: This category includes IDEXX, which is involved in diagnostic and IT solutions for animal health, and The Jackson Laboratory, a genetics research institute in Bar Harbor.
  • Finance & Insurance: Unum, a large disability insurance provider, is located in Portland – the same city that has fostered companies that mix IT with money (e.g. BlueTarp FinancialCashStar, and WEX.)
  • Data Science: Portland’s Quantrix creates innovative data management and analytics software and Kennebunk’s Plixer specializes in network traffic management and analysis.
  • Healthcare: Organizations such as Beacon Health and Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems are frequently on the hunt for well-trained data analysts.

Data Scientist Salaries in Maine

According to data from the O*NET OnLine in 2020, data scientists made an average $75,930 per year in Maine.

Last updated: April 2022

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