Master’s in Data Science Programs in Massachusetts

Is Massachusetts the right state for you to study data science? To help answer your questions, we’ve created a guide to schools, online degrees, scholarships, meetups, and more.

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Studying Data Science in Massachusetts

Massachusetts has capital invested in data science. Under the auspices of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and its Innovation Institute, the state has been investing money to big data, e-commerce, advanced manufacturing, and R&D centers.

Data Science Research and Initiatives at Massachusetts Universities

This makes sense, because Massachusetts is home to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard. In U.S. News & World Report rankings for Best Global Universities in Computer Science and Best Graduate Computer Science Programs, you’ll often find MIT in a top spot, with Harvard farther down the list. These are joined by a number of high-ranked public and private research universities.

Just to take a few examples of what’s happening on campus:

And we’ve only touched the surface. There’s Northeastern’s Worcester Polytechnic Institute, which is the first school to offer a PhD in data science program in the country; and smaller schools like Bentley and Babson, which focus on business applications.

Online Data Science Programs in Massachusetts

Choices for online data science programs in Massachusetts are school-dependent. Depending on the school, offerings range from data science to business intelligence to statistical analytics.

And they don’t just vary at the program focus level. There are also programs for those of varying abilities. Master’s for those who have earned their bachelor’s degrees. Doctorates for those with an interest in academia. Certificates for those who want to take a few courses to bolster their knowledge in a technical area. Prerequisites will also vary by program – some are designed for those with an undergraduate background in data or statistics, while others are geared to career changers.

Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science

Northeastern, Boston University, UMass Amherst, and UMass Boston all offer graduate certificates in data analytics and/or business analytics. Typically, these programs cover standard areas like data mining, visualization, and strategic decision-making.
A more unusual approach is Northeastern’s Hybrid Graduate Certificate in Urban Informatics. This is an emerging field in data science, and the university is jumping all over it. For example, academics at Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Research Labs have been exploring the intersection of government data and behav­ioral and social dynamics.

Online Master’s Degrees in Data Science

Online master’s degree offerings are dominated by large private research universities:

But that’s not to ignore the efforts of smaller schools. For example, Bay Path has assembled an online MS in Applied Data Science and Brandeis has an online MS in Strategic Analytics.

Whatever the degree name, read up on the course descriptions and the faculty profiles; some master’s degrees may be more for business types than data lovers.

Data Science Bootcamps in Massachusetts

Data science and data analytics bootcamps in Massachusetts may be an avenue to jump-start your transition into the field. Bootcamps are short courses of study meant to quickly introduce students to practice compared to a master’s degree. Bootcamps in Massachusetts may be dedicated to data science, the study of how information is derived from raw data; data analytics, the process of drawing specific conclusions from data; or both data science and data analytics. See our guide to learn more about data science bootcamps or data analytics bootcamps in Massachusetts.

Data Science Scholarships in Massachusetts

Financial aid for Massachusetts data science programs is available, even in certain cases from MIT and Harvard. We’ve listed scholarships and fellowships that would cover degrees in our school listings, but this is only the beginning. Your graduate studies office will have lots of info on general scholarships, outside sources and alternative financing options.

Babson College

  • MBA Graduate Assistantships: Babson gives merit-based graduate assistantships to highly qualified applicants to its full-time MBA programs.
  • MBA Graduate Awards: Thinking about the MBA with a Business Analytics Concentration? You’ll be pleased to know there are scores of MBA scholarships available at Babson. For example, the Price Babson MBA Fellowship and Hamilton MBA Scholarship reward entrepreneurial achievements.

Bentley University

  • Dean’s Leadership Award: Partial and full-tuition scholarships are available to deserving MBA students. Applicants must have an excellent academic record and a demonstrated commitment to leadership and social responsibility.
  • Graduate School of Business (GSB) Assistantships and Scholarships: The GSB administers all kinds of data-focused MBA and MS programs, and offers a limited number of merit-based assistantships and scholarships to deserving candidates.

Boston University

Brandeis University

Harvard University

  • T.H. Chan School of Public Health (SPH) Grants: The SPH, which administers the MS in Computational Biology and Quantitative Genetics, offers grant aid (in varying amounts) to some graduate students in resident master’s programs. Grants can cover tuition, fees and cost of living.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Northeastern University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Data Science Events in Massachusetts

Data Science Meetups and Communities in Massachusetts

The Greater Boston area has many things: universities, bars, students and data science meetups. There are groups centered on specific tools (e.g. Apache Spark), foci (e.g. Machine Learning, AI, Cognitive Computing, etc.), and fields (e.g. Bio-Entrepreneurs). As well as those just mentioned, here are five more to explore:

  1. Data and Cognitive Developers – Boston: This meetup was formed with the backing of IBM. The free meetups give developers and data scientists the chance to work on solutions and tools in IBM’s Big Data portfolio.
  2. Boston Data Mining (BDM): Home to 5,000+ members, BDM is sponsored by Strata + Hadoop World, WeWork, and Open Data Science. It’s based in Cambridge and hosts talks and events on all kinds of topics related to data mining/science.
  3. Boston Predictive Analytics: Founded in 2010, BPA organizes lectures, tutorials and workshops (especially in R). Topics can cover everything from machine learning to social media.
  4. Western Mass Statistics and Data Science: Targeted to folks in the Pioneer Valley and Five College Area, this group has evolved into an all-purpose meetup, hosting and cross-listing public talks and events.

Data Science Conferences and Workshops in Massachusetts

Thanks to its position on the coast, major data science conferences (e.g. Strata Data Conference, Predictive Analytics World, IEEE Conferences, SIGKDDThe Machine Learning Conference, etc.) and focused forums often stop in Boston. If you’re pursuing a master’s degree or PhD in the Bay State, you may also be interested in:

  1. MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference: If you’re into analytics and sports science, this is the place to be. Along with workshops and talks, there’s a Startup Trade Show, a First Pitch Case Competition, a Hackathon, and a whole lot more.
  2. Open Data Science Conference (ODSC) East: ODSC alights in Boston for its annual weekend conference. There are talks, in-depth workshops, tutorial sessions, lots of networking, and a popular Saturday after party.

Data Science Jobs in Massachusetts

Because of all the state encouragement and university research we’ve mentioned, Massachusetts is fertile ground for data science jobs.Those jobs are being generated by a number of employers, large and small. Some employers include:

  • MIT and Harvard form the nuclei of a major technology hub in Cambridge. Google and Amazon have offices here, right down the road from the Microsoft N.E.R.D Center.
  • GE moved its headquarters to Boston in 2016, and it’s deeply invested in big data.

In addition, Massachusetts is world-renowned for its medical institutions. If you’re intrigued by the intersection of data science and biotechnology/healthcare, you’re in the right place. According to Research America,Massachusetts ranked No. 2 in states that receive the most NIH funding and No. 2 in funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, as of fiscal year 2018.

Data Scientist Salaries in Massachusetts

According to O*NET OnLine, in 2020 data scientists in Massachusetts made an average of $108,790 per year.

Last updated: October 2021

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Data Science Programs in Massachusetts

We found 14 universities in Massachusetts offering Masters of Data Science programs (and/or closely related programs, like MS in Analytics / Masters in Business Analytics). The university’s website will have the most up to date information on specific programs.

If you represent a university and would like to contact us about editing any of our listings, or adding new programs, please send an email to info@mastersindatascience.org.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.

Babson College

Master in Business Analytics

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master in Business Analytics

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2 years

Credits: 30

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Short answer questions
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Transcripts from all institutions
  • Video interview
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Bay Path University

Master of Science in Data Science

Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Data Science

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 36

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Recommended 3.0 GPA or above
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement
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Bentley University

Master of Science in Business Analytics

Waltham, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Business Analytics

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 33

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Official university transcripts
  • Resume or CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 3.0 GPA
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Bentley University

Graduate Certificates in Analytics & Technology

Waltham, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Graduate Certificates in Analytics & Technology

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: Less than 1 year

Credits: 12

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts
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Bentley University

Graduate Certificates in Analytics & Technology

Master in Business Analytics

Waltham, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master in Business Analytics

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2 years

Credits: 33

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university
  • Official university transcripts
  • Resume or CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 3.0 GPA
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Boston University

Metropolitan College

Master of Science in Applied Business Analytics

Boston, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Applied Business Analytics

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 40

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • 3.0 GPA
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Boston University

Metropolitan College

Applied Business Analytics Graduate Certificate

Boston, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Applied Business Analytics Graduate Certificate

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.5+ years

Credits: 16

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
  • No GRE/GMAT
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Boston University

Metropolitan College

Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics

Boston, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 1 year

Credits: N/A

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
  • No GRE/GMAT
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Boston University

Master of Science in Computer Information Systems

Boston, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Computer Information Systems

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 40

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Unofficial/Official transcripts
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score for International Students
  • Prerequisite courses
  • Professional resume
  • Academic and Professional goals statement
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No GRE Scores
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Boston University

Master of Arts in Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Boston, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Arts in Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1 year

Credits: 32

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Transcripts
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Clark University

Master of Science in Business Analytics

Worcester, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Business Analytics

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1 year

Credits: 11 course units

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Official transcripts
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Python or SQL server programming
  • One semester of math or statistics
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Clark University

Master of Business Administration

Worcester, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Business Administration

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 12

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university
  • Official university transcripts
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores (for non- native english speakers
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Personal Laptop
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sloan School

Master of Science in Business Analytics

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Business Analytics

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1 year

Credits: 141+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Official university transcripts
  • Personal Essay
  • Resume or CV
  • GMAT Scores
  • Two Video Essays
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores (for non-native english speakers)
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Full-time work experience history
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Merrimack College

School of Engineering and School of Business

Master of Science in Data Science

North Andover, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Data Science

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 32

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
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Merrimack University

Master of Science in Business Analytics

North Andover, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Business Analytics

Enrollment Type: Self-paced

Length of Program: 1.5+ years

Credits: 32

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Transcripts from Previously Attended Institutions
  • Resume and Cover Letter
  • Personal Statement Letter
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
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Northeastern University

Khoury College of Computer Science

Master of Science in Data Science

Boston, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Data Science

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 32

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • CV or Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completion of prerequisite courses or placement exams
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Northeastern University

College of Professional Studies

Master of Professional Studies in Analytics

Boston, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Professional Studies in Analytics

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 45

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo
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Northeastern University

Khoury College of Computer Science

Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics

Boston, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: Less than 1 year

Credits: 16

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Resume or CV 
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
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Northeastern University

Masters in Health Informatics

Boston, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Masters in Health Informatics

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 33

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Official transcripts from all programs attended
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score for International Students
  • Prerequisite courses
  • Professional resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • 3.0 GPA
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Suffolk University

Master of Science in Business Analytics

Boston, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Business Analytics

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: Less than 1 year – 1+ years

Credits: 31

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited university
  • Unofficial university transcripts
  • Goal Statement
  • Resume or CV
  • One letter of recommendation
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores (for non-native english speakers)
  • 3.0 GPA
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University of Massachusetts Amherst

College of Information & Computer Sciences

Certificate in Statistical and Computational Data Science

Amherst, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Certificate in Statistical and Computational Data Science

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 15

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
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University of Massachusetts in Boston

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

Amherst, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: Less than 1 year – 1+ years

Credits: 15

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • TOEFL Scores for International Applicants
  • Official transcripts
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

School of Data Science

Data Science Certificate

Worcester, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Data Science Certificate

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 12

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Statement of purpose
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