Master’s in Data Science Programs in West Virginia
Wondering what the Mountain State holds for a tech lover? Check out this guide to earning a data science degree in West Virginia. It has details on WVU research projects and tech conferences as well as job tips and potential salary numbers.
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
University of Dayton
Master of Business Analytics
Gain in-demand analytics skills with an online master’s in business analytics. Complete in as few as 12 months.
Complete in as few as 12 months
GRE/GMAT not required
Master of Science in Business Analytics
Earn your MS in Business Analytics online from Pepperdine University. Learn advanced tools like Python, Tableau, SQL, Hadoop, and Excel.
Complete in as few as 16 months
Delivered by an AACSB-accredited school
Earn a specialized business master’s degree
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 West Virginia.
Studying Data Science in West Virginia
West Virginia has a data science sector on the smaller side – in 2020, the map of CompTIA’s Cyberstates showed that only 2.8% of the workforce were employed in the tech industry, ranking it 48th among the states. Startups and meetups are harder to find than in other states. And dedicated programs in big data are fewer.
But it’s not all bad news. TechConnectWV (TCWV) promotes economic development in West Virginia’s key sectors. And in TCWV’s resources, you’ll find a number of incubators, accelerators, and associations.
Data Science Research & Initiatives at West Virginia Universities
WVU has one distance learning options, an MS in Business Data Analytics.
Online Master’s Degrees in Data Science
WVU’s online MS in Business Data Analytics is offered by the AACSB-accredited College of Business and Economics. It’s aimed at folks who have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. business, statistics, engineering, economics, etc.) and want some exposure to the world of data. You’ll be expected to provide your work history on your application.
Coursework covers business intelligence, statistical techniques, data mining, database management, data visualization, ethics, and analytical tools. Students are also required to complete a capstone project.
Data Science Bootcamps in West Virginia
Live in West Virginia and interested in pursuing a career in data science or data analytics but unable to earn your master’s in data science? Consider completing a data science or data analytics bootcamp! Bootcamps are relatively short-term, intensive educational programs meant to practically prepare students for work in the field compared to a master’s degree. Bootcamps in West Virginia may focus exclusively on data science, the study of how knowledge is established from raw data, or data analytics, the processes by which specific conclusions can be drawn—or both data science and data analytics equally. See our guides to learn more about data science bootcamps or data analytics bootcamps in West Virginia.
Data Science Scholarships in West Virginia
We couldn’t find any specific university scholarships for WVU and Marshall’s big data programs. But please talk to the university’s Graduate Studies Office before you rule out any options. Universities will often help you find other sources of funding (e.g. low-interest loans, diversity scholarships, education grants, etc.).
Data Science Events in West Virginia
Data Science Meetups & Communities in West Virginia
In 2020, West Virginia had a number of meetups that never seemed to… meet up. Check Meetup periodically to see if any more regular meetings pop up in your area.
Data Science Conferences & Workshops in West Virginia
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol: This one-day event in Charleston gives budding entrepreneurs a chance to network and meet key state officials. It’s sponsored by TechConnectWV and the TransTech Energy Business Development Program at WVU.
TransTech Energy (TTE) Business Development Conference: Each year, this regional conference is filled with startup companies & researchers pitching their use of transitional technologies to reduce carbon emissions, promote advanced manufacturing, and build an energy-efficient future.
Women & Technology Conference: Designed to remedy the under-representation of women in STEM sectors, this conference features speakers involved in technology research, private enterprises, the public sector, investing, and entrepreneurship.
WV Bioscience Summit: Organized by the Bioscience Association of West Virginia (BioWV), this summit brings together folks from West Virginia universities, biotech companies, and technical assistance providers. Entrepreneurship is a big part of proceedings.
WV Business Accelerator Bootcamp: This one-day event at the WVU Innovation Center is open to early-to-mature stage companies in the high tech, life science, or advanced manufacturing sectors. It’s designed to walk participants through critical growth stages.
Data Science Jobs in West Virginia
You’ll have to get creative to find a data science job in West Virginia. Traditional job boards like Indeed.com may have some listings.
Try talking to your professors about opportunities, networking at local conferences, and contacting businesses directly. Promising areas in the region may include:
Fairmont: In addition to having its own Data Analysis & Signal Processing (DASP) team, with expertise in biometrics and analytics, the West Virginia High Technology Foundation (WVHTF) oversees the I-79 Technology Park.You’ll find businesses such as Electronic Warfare Associates, Inc., ManTech International Corporation, Northrop Grumman, and more. The NOAA Environmental Security Supercomputing Center (ESCC) is an anchor tenant! Not far from here are data-driven companies like Tygart Technology, TMC Technologies, and Global Science & Technology.
Morgantown: WVU is a major source of jobs in this college town. Startups such as IstoVisio were grown on its campus and WVU Medicine is the state’s largest private employer. Morgantown is also the home city of Mylan Pharmaceuticals and a branch of the National Energy Technology Laboratory.
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