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  1. 1. University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign

    Urbana, IL
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    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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    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...

  2. 2. University of California—Berkeley

    Berkeley, CA
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    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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    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...

  3. 3. Texas Tech University

    Lubbock, TX
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    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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    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...

  4. 4. Bay Path University

    Longmeadow, MA
    Bay Path University does not require applicants to submit GMAT or GRE scores to qualify for admission in its online master of science in applied data science program, but the school prefers applicants that have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Last year, the average student accepted to this program had a 3.3 undergraduate GPA. International applicants are not required to submit TOEFL scores. The acceptance rate for the program was 40% for the 2020-2021 year. Two letters of recommendation are required.
    Bay Path University does not require applicants to submit GMAT or GRE scores to qualify for admission in its online master of science in applied data science program, but the school prefers applicants that have an undergraduate GPA of 3...

  5. 5. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Worcester, MA
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute applicants do not need to submit a GMAT or GRE score 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 3.52 undergraduate GPA. The acceptance rate for the program was 85% for the 2020-2021 year. Applicants that have not studied at a university for at least two, full-time years in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Anglophone Canada, or Anglophone Africa must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Three letters of recommendation are required for the program.
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute applicants do not need to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission into its online master of science in data science program...

  6. 6. Loyola University Maryland

    Baltimore, MD
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    Loyola University Maryland 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 3.36 undergraduate GPA. International applicants may be required to submit TOEFL scores. The acceptance rate for the program was 42% for the 2020-2021 year. One letter of recommendation is required.
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    Loyola University Maryland 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...

  7. 7. University of Missouri—Columbia

    Columbia, MO
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    University of Missouri – Columbia applicants do not need to submit GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for admission into its online data science and analytics master’s programs. 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 75% for the 2020-2021 year. No letters of recommendation are required.
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    University of Missouri – Columbia applicants do not need to submit GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for admission into its online data science and analytics master’s programs...

  8. New Jersey Institute of Technology
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    New Jersey Institute of Technology does require applicants to submit a GRE score to qualify for admission in its online master of science in data science program...

  9. 9. CUNY School of Professional Studies

    New York, NY
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    CUNY School of Professional Studies does not accept GMAT or GRE scores for admission into its online master of science in data science program. The school requires applicants to take its own assessment test. Last year, the average student accepted to this program had a 3.49 undergraduate GPA. International applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. The acceptance rate for the program was 84% for the 2020-2021 year. Two letters of recommendation are required.
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    CUNY School of Professional Studies does not accept GMAT or GRE scores for admission into its online master of science in data science program...

  10. 10. Syracuse University

    Syracuse, NY
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    Syracuse University applicants do not need to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission into its online master of science in applied data science program. Last year, the average student accepted to this program had a 3.12 undergraduate GPA and a 315 GRE score. International applicants are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores, but waivers available for those who worked or studied in the US or an English-speaking province in Canada for four or more years. The acceptance rate for the program was 75% for the 2020-2021 year. Two letters of recommendation are required.
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    Syracuse University applicants do not need to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission into its online master of science in applied data science program...

  11. 11. Oklahoma State University

    Stillwater, OK
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    Oklahoma State University applicants need to submit GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for admission into its online master of science in business analytics and data science program. Waivers might be granted to online applicants with five or more years of work experience in the field. Last year, the average student accepted to this program had a 3.45 undergraduate GPA and a 546.67 GMAT score. International applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores unless collegiate instruction in their degree granting country is in English. The acceptance rate for the program was 100% for the 2020-2021 year. Three letters of recommendation are required.
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    Oklahoma State University applicants need to submit GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for admission into its online master of science in business analytics and data science program...

  12. 12. University of Denver

    Denver, CO
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    University of Denver applicants do not need to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission into its online master of science in data science program, but test scores are accepted and will be reviewed. Last year, the average student accepted to this program had a 3.2 undergraduate GPA and a 319 GRE score. The acceptance rate for the program was about 91% for the 2020-2021 year. International applicants must submit TOEFL scores. Two letters of recommendation are required for the program.
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    University of Denver applicants do not need to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission into its online master of science in data science program, but test scores are accepted and will be reviewed...

  13. 13. Southern Methodist University

    Dallas, TX
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    Southern Methodist 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 3.03 undergraduate GPA and a 560 GMAT score. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL scores. The acceptance rate for the program was about 93% for the 2020-2021 year. One letter of recommendation is required.
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    Southern Methodist 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...

  14. 14. Clemson University

    Clemson, SC
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    Clemson 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 and analytics program. Last year, the average student accepted to this program had a 3.07 undergraduate GPA. International applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. The acceptance rate for the program was about 91% for the 2020-2021 year. Two letters of recommendation are required.
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    Clemson 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 and analytics program...

  15. 15. Bellevue University

    Bellevue, NE
    Bellevue 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. International applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. The acceptance rate for the program was 99% for the 2020-2021 year. No letters of recommendation are required.
    Bellevue 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...

Frequently Asked Questions

What is data science?

While still relatively new, data science is a field that incorporates preparing and analyzing data to draw conclusions. Data scientists design and build new processes for data modeling by using algorithms, prototypes, predictive models, and custom analysis. People should pursue data science if they’re interested in asking questions and creating algorithms and statistical models to estimate the unknown. 

Is data science in high demand?

All of the data in the world is projected to grow to a staggering 181 zettabytes by 2025. And this growth has translated into high demand for data scientists—even outpacing the speed with which colleges and universities can train them. Data scientist ranks No. 3 among the 50 best occupations in the U.S., according to Glassdoor’s list of the best jobs for 2022, and was beat out only by the roles of enterprise architect and full stack engineer.

How can I become a data scientist?

Some people may choose to follow a step-by-step guide to become a data scientist. First, you may want to pursue an undergraduate degree that focuses on technical skills like programming or statistics. Then, you should identify an area of specialization and hone this specialization by enrolling in a master’s degree program in data science. Finally, you should showcase your data science experience when applying for jobs.

Is a master’s degree in data science worth it?

In addition to high demand, people with a master’s degree in data science can expect to enter a rapidly-growing field with solid salary prospects. Through 2026, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects data science jobs will grow by 28% per year. Even before graduation, some data science students in master’s degree programs are fielding offers of $125,000 and up.

How much money can you make in data science?

As with any career, pay prospects can vary by company and role. Data scientists made a median salary of $164,500 in 2020, according to a 2021 survey of engineering professionals by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

What is the highest paying data science job?

The median base salary for data scientists is $120,000, according to figures from Glassdoor, though the likely range for positions goes as high as $294,000. Some tech companies are even paying in excess of $300,000 for senior-level data scientist roles.

What kind of jobs do data scientists do?

The sky’s the limit for job opportunities for data scientists, including careers in tech, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, telecom, sports, consulting, or even as a company executive who understands data. What’s more, new job titles are likely to be created, particularly related to ethical concerns with sensitive data and as companies look for new ways to utilize their massive data sets and emerging technologies such as cloud computing, A.I., and machine learning.

Is data science a good career field?

In 2012, Harvard Business Review called the role of a data scientist “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” Ten years later, data science remains a good career field for many people thanks to the wide range of jobs available now and in the future, along with robust demand and six-figure salary prospects.

Is it hard to get a data science job?

The class of 2022 from master’s degree programs in data science were fielding job offers, with competitive salaries, months ahead of graduation. Demand for data scientists is growing faster than colleges and universities can train them. Even so, job applicants should still expect a rigorous interview process that often entails showcasing examples of work or a commitment to staying up-to-date in a rapidly changing industry.