Master’s in Data Science Programs in Washington

Check out this quick guide to finding your dream school (and big data job) in the Evergreen State. It has details on scholarships and research projects to meetups and start-up opportunities.

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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 in Washington.

Studying Data Science in Washington

Welcome to Dataville. This is the land of Microsoft and its research division, Amazon, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Life is looking up for start-up entrepreneurs as well:

  • Thanks to all of its university hospitals and research institutions, Washington’s healthcare industry is deeply involved in data science partnerships.
  • Seattle Startups has a lengthy list of companies interested in Big Data Analytics.
  • Startup Washington also encourages small business growth in the state.

Better yet, many of these initiatives are being supported by organizations like the Washington Research Foundation (WRF)—which helps innovators launch companies in life sciences, physical sciences, and IT—and the extremely deep pockets of Paul G. Allen and Bill Gates.

Data Science Research & Initiatives at Washington Universities

We’ll tell you straight—the University of Washington (UW) is driving the data science bus. Ranked #6 in Best Graduate Computer Science Programs by U.S. News & World Report – as of 2018, the school has made a commitment to big data.

For example, UW’s eScience Institute is one of only three Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments, and it runs programs like Data Science for Social Good (DSSG). It has partnerships with other universities (e.g. Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative) and researchers involved in the West Big Data Innovation Hub.

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That’s not to disparage the work of other universities—UW Tacoma has an active Center for Data Science with multiple projects in play and Seattle University is doing great things for start-ups at its Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center.

Online Data Science Programs in Washington

Washington has some distance learning options in data science, as wall as campus-based programs.

We cover general things to look for in an online data science program elsewhere, so here we profile your choices in the Evergreen State.

Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science

UW offers an online Certificate in Data Science. It’s particularly geared toward tech professionals who already have some background in statistics, SQL, and programming and want to learn tools such as Hadoop and MapReduce.

If you’re beyond this skill level, or you need something more specific, have a look at our directory of Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science. There are certificates in every field (e.g. data mining, analytics, healthcare informatics, etc.) from solid schools across the country.

Online Master’s Degrees in Data Science

When it comes to online master’s degrees, you’ll have a choice of focus:

  • CityU’s online Master of Science in Computer Science with a Concentration in Big Data Management has a solid core of computer systems and engineering.
  • Alternatively, UW Tacoma’s hybrid Master of Science in Business Analytics (online + on-site) is offered by the business school. Although it covers major analytics and data science tools, the focus is on corporate applications.

Healthcare professionals may also wish to explore UW Tacoma’s online Master of Science in Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies (CIPCT). Offered full-time or part-time, this program explores every spoke of informatics (nursing, biomedical, public health, etc.) in order to give students a comprehensive grasp of the field.

Data Science Bootcamps in Washington

A bootcamp may jump-start your career in data science or data analytics by quickly providing you with knowledge and skills in data. Bootcamps in Washington may focus on data science, the study of how information is drawn from raw data; data analytics, the processes by which specific conclusions can be reached, or both data science and data analytics. See our guides to learn more about data science bootcamps or data analytics bootcamps in Washington.

Data Science Scholarships in Washington

For this section, we focused on university scholarships (i.e. institutional aid) that apply to the school’s data science program. But the Office of Graduate Studies will have more info on general aid (e.g. CityU’s scholarships) and alternative financing options (e.g. low-interest loans).

Seattle University

  • Albers School of Business and Economics Scholarships:
    • Albers Graduate Scholarships: The Albers School of Business and Economics awards a large number of graduate scholarships to students in the PMBA, MSF, MPAC, and MSBA programs—most based on financial need and academic achievement (see the website for a full list). Only one application form is required.
    • Albers Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) Merit Scholarship: Albers also offers merit-based scholarships specifically to incoming MSBA students (part-time or full-time) admitted to the fall term. Awards are based on a student’s GMAT score, an essay, and undergraduate performance.

University of Washington-Seattle

Data Science Events in Washington

Data Science Meetups & Communities in Washington

Seattle is bristling with meetups for data scientists. Here you’ll find groups devoted to tools (e.g. Seattle Spark MeetupPython Data Science – Seattle – Bellevue, etc.), specialties (e.g. Seattle Marketing Analytics Group), and even causes (e.g. Seattle Skill Based Volunteering Opportunities). We’ve highlighted 5 popular communities, but be sure to ask around for suggestions.

  1. Big Data Developers in Seattle: BDD is sponsored by IBM, which runs similar meetups across the country. It’s a chance for data scientists to play with tools and technologies and learn about IBM’s initiatives (e.g. Watson).
  2. Seattle Data/Analytics/Machine Learning (DAML): DAML is a pretty relaxed group of data scientists and software engineers who meet every month for lightning talks and tutorials. Meetups are usually hosted by big-name organizations (e.g. Twitter, Zillow, The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, etc.).
  3. Seattle Data Geeks: The self-proclaimed nerds at Seattle Data Geeks often ask authors, innovators, and data teams at cool companies (e.g. PayScale) to share their latest work and research. Meetups are very popular.
  4. Seattle Data Science: With 5,700+ members, SDS is organized by Galvanize and powered by paid workshops, parties, and community events (e.g. Cognitive Builder Faire Seattle).
  5. Seattle Scalability Meetup: One for the hard-core tech lovers! Talks and workshops are focused on engineering large systems for scalability (Distributed Systems, Machine Learning, AI, Blockchain, databases, etc.) and the organizers promise “no marketing pitches, no light use case discussions.”

Data Science Conferences & Workshops in Washington

Luckily for graduate students, Seattle is often a stop on the data science conference circuit—in recent years, MLconfJoint Statistical Meetings (JSM)IEEE’s Big Data Developer ConferenceThe Data Science Conference, and SIGKDD have all paid a visit to the city. Here are a few more regional events to explore:

  1. PASS Summit: Founded by Microsoft, PASS Summit is a conference for Microsoft SQL Server and Business Intelligence (BI) professionals.
  2. Summer Institute in Statistics for Big Data (SISBID): Every year, UW’s Department of Biostatistics hosts an intensive institute for biologists, quantitative scientists, and statisticians. It’s focused on advanced analytics/statistical techniques for biological big data.

Data Science Jobs in Washington

We’ve already mentioned Microsoft and Amazon, but we could also add names like Tableau, Redfin, F5 Networks, and Cray with its supercomputers. Brick & mortar businesses like PACCAR, Starbucks, Costco, and REI also call the state home.

But, wait, there’s a whole lot more! For instance, there’s Globys; KenSci, a healthcare data start-up born from research at UW Tacoma; and Maana. Other notable Washington start-ups include:

  • INRIX: Car traffic analytics (founded by former Microsoft employees)
  • PayScale: HR analytics (founded by former Microsoft employees)
  • DS-IQ: Retail analytics (founded by former Amazon employees)

Data Scientist Salaries in Washington

According to data from the O*NET OnLine in 2020, data scientists made an average $117,260 per year in Washington.

Last updated: April 2022

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