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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
ALIGN Scholarships: Students in the ALIGN program, which runs the MS in Bioinformatics and the MS in Health Informatics, are eligible for the same awards as other Northeastern graduate students (e.g. Yellow Ribbon Scholarship).
Data Science Assistantships: Graduate students in WPI’s data science programs are eligible for graduate student assistantships (GSAs), teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. TAs receive a monthly stipend, tuition support for a maximum of nine credits per semester, and health insurance.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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Harvard Business School Online
Certificate in Business Analytics
The Harvard Business Analytics Program is an online certificate program offered through a collaboration between Harvard Business School (HBS), the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).
The program is for experienced professionals who are realizing the impact of data and analytics on business strategy and operations. You will explore new ways to analyze, interpret, and take advantage of data to drive competitive business advantages.
The Harvard Business Analytics Program consists of six core courses, two seminars, and two in-person immersions. The program can be completed in as little as nine months.
Designed to help experienced leaders develop essential new skills without sacrificing critical commitments, Harvard Business Analytics is delivered through a blend of online and in-person learning experiences.