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Are There Any Online Master's in Data Analytics / Data Science Programs with 100% Online Instruction (No Campus Visits Required)?

Answer: Yes, there are data analytics and data science master’s programs offered by accredited, non-profit colleges and universities that have 100% online instruction and that do not require students to attend campus-based sessions. Indeed, while some online master’s programs require a limited number of campus visits, most online master’s in data analytics and data science programs are fully online and can be completed without having to travel to a college or university campus.

The structure of online master’s programs can vary by school, by program, and by discipline. For example, in some areas of study, online master’s programs may be more likely to require a limited number of on-campus instructional sessions than in other areas of study. However, analytics and data science master’s programs generally do not require online students to attend campus-based classes, in-person workshops, or other types of learning activities that entail traveling to a campus location. Indeed, most online master’s in data analytics and data science programs offer all of their coursework online and do not require students to travel to a campus location for instructional sessions.

Of the 56 programs that OnlineEducation.com currently classifies as online master’s in data analytics programs, which includes programs with a business analytics curriculum, 48 have 100% online instruction. The other 8 programs offer most of their instruction online, but require students to attend in-person sessions once or twice per year. Similarly, of the 27 online master’s in data science programs that are currently offered by accredited, non-profit colleges and universities in the US, 23 are fully online, with only 4 programs requiring a limited number (one or two per year) of campus visits.

How OnlineEducation.com Classifies Online Master’s Programs

A fully or 100% online master’s program is a graduate program that confers a master’s degree and that does not require students to attend any campus-based sessions. These sessions, sometimes referred to as on-campus intensives, residencies, or immersion sessions, are a required component of some master’s programs. They are generally short in duration, lasting as little as two-to-three days or as long as five-to-ten days. They may include orientations, workshops, seminars, and other types of instructional activities, and provide students with opportunities to meet face-to-face with lecturers and instructors. These sessions can enhance the online learning experience. However, they involve travel and students may incur expenses in addition to a program’s tuition and fees while attending on-campus sessions. Programs that utilize online instruction but that require more than two campus visits per year are classified as hybrid programs by OnlineEducation.com and are not currently listed on the site.

Fully Online Master’s in Data Analytics, Business Analytics, and Data Science Programs

For students who cannot or would prefer not to travel to a school’s campus or a third-party location for in-person instruction, there are numerous online master’s in data analytics, business analytics, and data science programs offered by accredited, non-profit colleges and universities that do not require campus visits.

Among these fully online master’s in analytics and data science programs there are other structural variations that prospective applicants may want to explore. For example, some online programs are offered full-time, which may allow students to complete their degree in one-to-two years, while other programs have longer, part-time enrollment plans, which may be preferable for students who have work or other commitments outside of school. There are also programs that have flexible enrollment, allowing students to choose the number of courses taken per term provided they complete the program requirements in a certain number of years (generally five-to-seven years).

There are also two different modes of online instruction, which is another factor that prospective applicants to online master’s in data analytics and data science programs may want to explore. Some programs utilize synchronous instruction for some of their online courses. Synchronous instruction takes place in real time and requires students to be logged on to a program’s online learning platform at specified times for lectures and other instructional activities. In contrast, asynchronous instruction does not include a real-time component and provides students with on-demand access to lectures and other class materials. Some programs utilize both synchronous and asynchronous instruction, while other programs offer all of their coursework through asynchronous instruction.

It is important to note that students in an online master’s in data analytics or data science program may be required to take exams in the presence of a proctor. However, online students typically do not have to take proctored exams on campus. Most online master’s programs give students the option of completing exams that require the oversight of a proctor at a site near their place of residence, such as a local college or library.

For further information on various types of online master’s in data analytics and data science programs, refer to our Online Analytics Degree Programs section, where there are pages dedicated to Online Master’s in Data Analytics Programs, Online Master’s in Data Science Programs, and Online Master’s in Business Intelligence Programs.


Campus Visit Requirements by Online Master’s in Data Analytics and Business Analytics Programs:

School Program Campus Visits Required Structure
American University Analytics@American Online Master of Science in Analytics (MSAn) program 2 Online instruction with two on-campus immersion capstones
Arizona State University Online Master of Science in Business Analytics program 1 Online instruction with one on-campus visit for orientation
Austin Peay State University Online Computer Science and Quantitative Methods Professional Science Masters (PSM) with a Concentration in Data Management and Analysis 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Austin Peay State University Online Master of Science in Computer Science and Quantitative Methods 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Bay Path University Online Master of Science in Applied Data Science program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Bellevue University Online Master of Science in Business Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Boston University Online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Data Analytics 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Brandeis University Online Master of Science in Strategic Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Carnegie Mellon University Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) Distance Track - Business Intelligence and Data Analytics 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Central Connecticut State University Online Master of Science in Data Mining program 1 Online instruction with one on-campus visit for master's thesis talk
Clarkson University Online Master of Science in Data Analytics 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Creighton University Online Master of Science in Analytics 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
CUNY School of Professional Studies Online Master of Science in Data Science program (Analytics) 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Dakota State University Online Master of Science in Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Davenport University Online Master of Science in Data Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
George Mason University Online Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Online Master of Science in Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Illinois Institute of Technology Online Master of Computer Science with a Specialization in Data Analytics 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Indiana University Online Master of Science in Business Analytics program 1 Online instruction with one on-campus visit for orientation (week long Kelley Connect Week)
Iowa State University Online Master of Business Analytics program 3 Online instruction with three on-campus visits (at the beginning, midway point, and end of the program)
Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs Online Master of Science in Government Analytics 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Lewis University Online Master of Science in Business Analytics 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Maryville University Online Master of Science in Business Data Analytics 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
National University Online Master of Science in Business Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
National University Online Master of Science in Health & Life Science Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
New Jersey Institute of Technology Online Master of Science in Computer Science with a Database and Data Mining Specialization 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Northeastern University Online Master of Professional Studies in Analytics 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Northeastern University Online Master of Science in Business Analytics 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Notre Dame of Maryland University Online Master of Science in Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Oklahoma State University Online Master of Science in Business Analytics program (MSBAN) 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Oregon State University Online Master of Science in Data Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
The Pennsylvania State University Online Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics - Business Analytics option 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Purdue University - Purdue Polytechnic Institute Online Master of Science in Information Technology with a Concentration in Business Analysis (ITBA) 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Quinnipiac University Online Master of Science in Business Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Robert Morris University Online Master Of Science In Data Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Rutgers University Online Master of Information with a Concentration in Data Science (Analytics) 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Saint Joseph's University Online Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics program (MSBIA) 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Saint Louis University Online Master of Science in Applied Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Online Master’s in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Online Master of Science in Data Analytics program (MSDA) 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Southern New Hampshire University Online Master of Science in Data Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Stevens Institute of Technology Online Master of Science in Business Intelligence & Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Syracuse University BusinessAnalytics@Syracuse Online Master of Science in Business Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Texas A&M University Online Master of Science in Analytics program 2 Online instruction with two on-campus visits required (at beginning and end of program)
The University of Alabama Online Master of Science in Marketing with a Specialization in Marketing Analytics 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
The University of Alabama Online Master of Science in Operations Management (MSOM) Decision Analytics Track 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
University of Dayton Online Master of Business Analytics 1 Online instruction with one campus visit required (one weekend)
The University of Kansas Edwards Campus Online Master of Science in Applied Statistics and Analytics program (Data Analytics emphasis) 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
University of Maryland University College Online Master of Science in Data Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
University of Missouri Online Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics program 2 Online instruction with two on-campus visits required (one week long intensive each spring)
The University of Texas at Dallas Online Master of Science in Information Technology and Management (MS ITM) with a Concentration in Business Intelligence and Analytics 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
University of Wisconsin - Madison Online Master of Engineering: Engineering Data Analytics Option 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Utica College Online Master of Science in Data Science with a Specialization in Business Analytics 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Villanova University Online Master of Science in Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
West Virginia University Online MS in Business Data Analytics program 2 Online instruction with two on-campus residential sessions (each one 2-3 days long)
Western Governors University Online Master of Science in Data Analytics 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required

Campus Visit Requirements by Online Master’s in Data Science Programs:

School Program Campus Visits Required Structure
DePaul University Master of Science in Data Science - Computational Methods Concentration 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Elmhurst College Online Master of Science in Data Science program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
George Mason University Online Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering (Data Science) 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Georgia Southern University Online Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) with a Concentration in Data Mining and Data Warehousing 2 Online instruction with two on-campus visits required (one for orientation and one for completion of the program)
Illinois Institute of Technology Online Master of Data Science program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Indiana University Bloomington Online Master of Science in Data Science program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals Online Master of Science in Data Science 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Kent State University Online Master of Digital Sciences with a Concentration in Data Science 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Lewis University Online Online Master of Science in Data Science program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Maryville University Online Master of Science in Data Science 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Northwestern University Online Master of Science in Data Science 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Northwestern University Online Master's in Information Systems (MSIS) - Data Science Specialization 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Oklahoma State University Online Master of Science in Management Information Systems with a Data Science Option 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Regis University Online Master of Science in Data Science program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Saint Mary's College Online Master of Science in Data Science program 2 Online instruction with two on-campus visits required (one weekend session each August)
Southern Methodist University DataScience@SMU Online Master of Science in Data Science program 2 Online instruction with two on-campus immersions
Stevens Institute of Technology Online Master of Science in Business Intelligence & Analytics program - Data Science Concentration 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
University of California, Berkeley datascience@berkeley Online Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program 1 Online instruction with one on-campus immersion
University of California, Riverside Online Master of Science in Engineering with a focus in Data Science 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
University of Colorado Boulder Online Master of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Data Science and Engineering 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Online Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS) track 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
University of Michigan Online Master of Applied Data Science 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
University of Michigan - Dearborn Online Masters in Computer and Information Science with a Concentration in Data Management and Analytics (Data Science) 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
The University of Oklahoma Online Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
University of Southern California Online Master of Science in Computer Science (Data Science) 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
University of Wisconsin - Extension Online Master of Science in Data Science (MS-DS) program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required
Utica College Online Master of Science in Data Science program 0 Online instruction with no campus visits required

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