Big Data Analytics Master's Degrees: 20 Top Programs
January 08, 2013 09:06 AM 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.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
School: Graduate College, Department of Statistics
Description: Combines the mathematical and statistical training of a traditional MS in Statistics with enhanced computational and data analytics training. The program includes fundamentals in mathematical and applied statistics as well as specialized training in data management, analysis and model building with large datasets and databases. Specialized courses emphasize statistical computing, data management and statistical learning, which encompasses topics under the broader title of data mining.
MS applicants interested in careers in financial services or insurance are encouraged to apply for the State Farm Research Center's Modeling and Analytics Graduate Network program, which offers tuition support and internship opportunities.
Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree (3.0+ GPA) with a background in mathematics and statistics including calculus through multivariable calculus, linear algebra and an introduction to mathematical statistics and probability. GRE exam required. Students should have experience with computing and data, including prior use of statistical software such as SAS or SPSS as well as an interactive programming environment such as C, R or Matlab.
Full-time program: 1 Year (3 semesters).
Part-time options: Limited
Distance learning options: No