Best Online Master’s in Data Science Programs in 2022

The exponential growth in data has translated into demand for data scientists that greatly outpaces how fast universities can train them. But what are the best options if you’re looking to break into data science and don’t have time for in-person classes? To answer that question, Fortune built our first-ever ranking of online data science graduate programs.

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1. University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign does not require applicants to submit GMAT or GRE scores to qualify for admission in its online master of computer science in data science program. Last year, the average student accepted to this program had a 3.5 undergraduate GPA. International applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. The acceptance rate for the program was 39% for the 2020-2021 year. No letters of recommendation are required.

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2. University of California—Berkeley

UC Berkeley applicants do not need to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission into its master of information and data science program. Last year, the average student accepted to this program had a 725 GMAT score. The acceptance rate for the program was 40% for the 2020-2021 year. The UC Berkeley Graduate Division requires that international applicants (other than those from the U.K., Australia, or English-speaking Canada) submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Two letters of recommendation are required for the program and three letters of recommendation are required for those applying for the 5th Year Master of Information and Data Science program.

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3. Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University applicants do not need to submit GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for admission into its online master of science in data science program. Last year, the average student accepted to this program had a 3.3 undergraduate GPA. International applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. The acceptance rate for the program was 53% for the 2020-2021 year. No letters of recommendation are required.

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