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Big Data Analytics Master's Degrees: 20 Top Programs

These one-year and two-year graduate programs are just what's needed to close the big-data talent gap. Read on to find a school that fits your ambitions and background.
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Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

Degree: Masters of Science in Computer Science, concentration in Machine Learning

School: The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Description: The Computer Science department offers masters concentrations in eight disciplines: Computational Biology, Computer Security, Foundations of Computer Science, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Network Systems, Software Systems and Vision and Graphics. The Machine Learning concentration covers techniques and applications in areas such as bioinformatics, fraud detection, intelligent systems, perception, finance, and information retrieval.

The School of Engineering is the home of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, which will engage 300 masters students and 150 doctoral students in its education and research programs focusing on problems relating to big data.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree in computer science or a related discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.3 (3.5 or higher is typical). Those with undergraduate degree in a different field must complete at least four computer science courses covering foundations of the field and basic programming, and two mathematics courses.

Full-time program: 2 years.

Part-time options: Yes. Up to five years to complete the degree.

Distance learning options: Selected courses.

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1/6/2014 | 10:35:34 AM
IBM supports academic programs to close the big data skills gap
Many of these institutions participate in IBM's program to narrow the big data skills gap - over 1,000 partnerships globally receive support for analytic programs (e.g., software, curriculum development or services) from IBM as of Aug 2013.

Universities mentioned in this article:
  • Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
  • The University of Connecticut (UCONN)
  • Northwestern
  • Louisiana State University (LSU)
  • University of Ottawa (OttawaU)
  • North Carolina State
  • DePaul University

Additional examples from IBM's 1,000+ analytic academic partnerships:
  • Dublin City University, Ireland
  • George Washington University School of Business
  • Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
  • The University of Missouri College of Engineering's Department of Computer Science
  • Mother Teresa Women's University, India
  • The National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Dalhousie University's Institute for Big Data Analytics, Canada, launched in July 2013

Full list here: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/41733.wss
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12/27/2013 | 3:02:12 PM
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute also has MS in Business Analytics 2013
The M.S. in Business Analytics provides students with the knowledge and essential skills needed to respond to the new challenges characteristic of the data intensive decision-making environments in the world today.

The M.S. in Business Analytics program prepares students with the skills to understand, analyze, and integrate data in business functions:
  • Master cutting-edge analytical modeling
  • Perform statistical analysis
  • Excel at data management techniques
  • Understand emerging concepts, practices, and techniques in handling big data
  • Utilize data modeling and analysis to identify patterns
  • Apply skills to real-world problems in specific business domains

The program is one year and 30 credits.(Business Core Courses - 12 Credits/Analytics Core Courses - 12 Credits/Domain Focused Courses - Six Credits)
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12/12/2013 | 4:36:45 PM
Pace University - MS in Customer Intelligence and Analytics
 Pace University - Lubin School of Business: New York, NY

Degree: MS in Customer Intelligence and Analytics

Description: This program develops your expertise in collecting, managing and interpreting customer data from a wide variety of sources. Graduates will be prepared to drive smarter marketing and business strategies focused on optimizing customer relationships, and be able to take advantage of the significant job growth in the field of data analytics.

Duration: The MS degree can be completed in 12 months based on full-time study, depending on your previous educational and professional background.

Program format: in-class

Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, GMAT/GRE

More information available at: http://www.pace.edu/lubin/ms-in-customer-intelligence-analytics
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12/9/2013 | 1:23:58 PM
Data Analysis in Canada
University of the Fraser Valley in Canada has a post-degree certificate available in Data Analysis. It is an ideal program for those wanting to leverage their undergraduate skills with the data analysis skills needed in modern enterprise.

University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, British Columbia

Degree: Post-degree Certificate in Data Analysis    www.ufv.ca/data

Description:  Data Analysis students at UFV acquire the skills needed to extract reliable information from large data sets. With carefully designed courses taken in both computing and statistics, you will gain the data-base skills you need to house, extract, manipulate and maintain data in the real-world ways in which it arises and you will learn the statistical techniques needed to collect data correctly, assess its quality, analyze it, and present the information effectively to decision makers. The industry standard statistical software environments SAS and R will be used throughout.

Prerequisites: A Bachelor's degree, an introductory statistics course and an introductory programming course (see website for details)

Full-time program: 10.5 months

Part-time program: yes

Distance-learning options: No

 
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12/9/2013 | 8:22:56 AM
Applied Data Analytics MSc at Bournemouth University
I would like to draw your attention to masters courses in data/business analytics outside of US. One which seems to stand out as it is delivered in collaboration with SAS Institute, is the Applied Data Analytics (ADA) MSc at Bournemouth University, UK. I think this might be relevant for US students due to lower fees and no language/visa barrier.
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12/2/2013 | 12:39:17 PM
Update CMU listing to include PT and Online
Can you update your original listing for Carnegie Mellon's Master of Information Systems Management degree to reflect that it has both Part-time and Online degree options through its sister program, the Master of Science in Information Technology www.heinz.cmu.edu/msit-bida? Other sites are sharing your list so I want to make sure they have the right info at the source and the previous comments have all been removed.  Thanks for your help!
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