Master’s in Data Science Programs in Missouri

Hearing intriguing rumors about Kansas City and St. Louis? To get you up-to-speed on developments, we’ve put together a short guide to earning a Missouri data science degree. Read on to learn more data science programs in Missouri.


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


Studying Data Science in Missouri

Missouri is home to many schools offering data science programs, many of them conducting fascinating and innovative research in the field.

So what are all these data specialists working on? The Internet of Things, Ag tech, biotech, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services—you name it.

Data Science Research & Initiatives at Missouri Universities

Happily, Missouri universities are eager to support the state’s surge in advanced industries. We can’t cover every data-driven initiative, but here are a few highlights…

Online Data Science Programs in Missouri

Missouri schools are deeply invested in distance learning for data scientists. We’ve listed general things to look for in an online data science program elsewhere, so here we decided to concentrate on your choices in the Show-Me State.

Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science

One player in online graduate certificates is Missouri S&T, which has several distance learning programs. Two are offered by the Department of Business and Information Technology:

And two are offered by the Department of Computer Science:

The business certificates can be used as a gateway to the university’s MBA or the MS in Information Science and Technology; the big data certificates as a gateway to the MS in Computer Science. This means if you earn a B or better in each certificate course, you can proceed to a graduate degree without being required to submit GRE/GMAT scores or letters of recommendation.

Online Master’s Degrees in Data Science

You’ll have your pick of specialties when it comes to online master’s degrees in data science—almost every university in Missouri has developed an option. Even better, each school has tried to stand out from its competitors by personalizing the program. For example:

If you’re interested in the business side of data science:

Data Science Bootcamps in Missouri

For those interested in pursuing a career in data science or data analytics in Missouri, a bootcamp is another option you may wish to pursue. Data science or data analytics bootcamps in Missouri are “crash courses” that introduce students to the fields. While some data science or data analytics bootcamps in Missouri focus solely on one subject or the other—that is, data science (how knowledge is generally derived from raw data) or data analytics (the process by which specific conclusions can be drawn from data)—other bootcamps facilitate the study of both data science and data analytics. See our guides to learn more about data science bootcamps or data analytics bootcamps in Missouri.

Data Science Scholarships in Missouri

Here we chose to focus on university scholarships and assistantships that specifically apply to the school’s data programs. But don’t take this list as the end! The Graduate Studies Office will have more info on general aid, alternative financing options, and tuition discounts.

Grantham University

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Saint Louis University-Main Campus

Washington University in St. Louis

  • Dean’s Scholarship: All full-time Specialized Masters Program (SMP) candidates at the Olin Business School, including students applying to the MS in Customer Analytics program, are automatically considered for this merit-based scholarship.

Data Science Events in Missouri

Data Science Meetups & Communities in Missouri

Missouri has plenty of meetups for big data geeks, often with a technical edge. In addition to our list, you may also want to check out Kansas City IT Professionals (KCITP), which is one of the largest tech communities in the nation (13,000+ members), and the Transforming Data with Intelligence (TDWI) St. Louis Chapter, which is explicitly geared toward Business Intelligence & data warehousing professionals.

  1. Data Science KC: DSKC is the “biggie” in Kansas City. It has 2,000+ members and hosts regular monthly meetups for data scientists interested in statistical analysis, predictive modeling, and visual representation. There are also hack nights and hands-on workshops.
  2. Kansas City Internet of Things Meetup: Folks with any interest in IoT should check out this group. There are targeted talks and demos, as well as a number of networking opportunities.
  3. Kansas City Machine Learning+Artificial Intelligence Group: It may be small (1,000+ members), but this meetup has all kinds of fascinating presentations revolving around ML in business and non-business environments—real, in-depth work.
  4. Saint Louis Big Data Meetup: This meetup has an interesting mix of webinars and conferences.
  5. St. Louis Machine Learning & Data Science: This is one of the biggest and most popular meetups in the city. Its talks and hands-on workshops tend to focus on hard-core skills in Machine Learning, NLP, AI, statistics, big data, etc.

Data Science Conferences & Workshops in Missouri

Missouri cities are not yet at the point where they can attract events such as Strata Data ConferencePredictive Analytics WorldIEEE ConferencesSIGKDD, and The Machine Learning Conference. However, there are plenty of smaller conferences that pack a punch. If you can afford the plane ticket, you may also want to look at options in Austin/DallasChicago & Detroit.

  1. Missouri S&T Research and Technology Development Conference: Missouri S&T’s annual conference brings together academics, students, researchers, and industry. Though it’s not focused explicitly on data science, there are usually plenty of talks on big data subjects.
  2. StampedeCon Big Data Conference: Billed as the “Midwest’s Premier Big Data Conference,” this popular event attracts all kinds of professionals interested in big data technology and management. In addition to the conference, StampedeCon also organizes an IoT Summit and Artificial Intelligence Summit.

Data Science Jobs in Missouri

In your search for data science jobs in Missouri, you’re likely to see the names Monsanto and Boeing pop up frequently. That’s no surprise, considering their size. But as we mentioned in the intro, IT professionals are now involved in a diverse set of industries. For example:

Data Scientist Salaries in Missouri

According to data from the O*NET OnLine in 2020, data scientists made an average $96,730 per year in Missouri.

Last updated: April 2022

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