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Online Master's in Data Analytics and Data Science Programs in California

There are four schools with campuses in California that offer online master’s degrees in analytics: National University; University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley); University of California, Riverside (UC Riverside); and University of Southern California (USC). OnlineEducation.com classifies the programs offered by UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, and USC as online master’s in data science programs, based on their curricula. National University offers two programs, both of which are classified as data analytics programs. UC Berkeley’s program includes one campus-based immersion session that students are required to attend. The National University, UC Riverside, and USC programs are 100% online and do not require any campus visits.

The online master’s in data analytics degrees offered by National University each address different specializations within the field. The School of Business and Management offers an online Master of Science in Business Analytics degree that focuses on the use of analytics tools and technologies in areas like financial forecasting, supply chain management, and strategic marketing. The program requires full-time enrollment, uses synchronous instruction, and takes 11 months to complete. It includes a Business Analytics Capstone that gives students the opportunity to apply analytics techniques to a real-world business problem.

National University’s School of Health and Human Services offers an online Master of Science in Health & Life Science Analytics degree. This program focuses on the use of analytics tools and technologies in healthcare management, epidemiology, pharmaceutical research and marketing, and other areas of the health and human services sector. The program uses synchronous instruction, which includes live-streamed lectures and weekly discussions. It is designed for full-time enrollment, and takes 13 months to complete. As part of the program, students participate in a supervised internship and a Health Analytics Capstone project. The online master’s degree programs offered by National University have multiple start dates throughout the year.

UC Berkeley’s online Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program is offered through the university’s School of Information, also know as the I School. Most students complete the program in two years. However, students who opt for an accelerated track can graduate in 12 months, and students enrolled part-time may take up to 32 months, depending on the number of courses taken per semester. The program has three starts per year, in January, May, and September.

The I School’s Data Science curriculum includes coursework in research design, statistical modeling, machine learning, and database systems. It also has a capstone project requirement. The program uses live-streamed synchronous lectures, but gives students 24-7 access to course materials and recorded lectures. Most class sessions are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate working professionals.

The Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside offers an online Master of Science in Engineering with a Data Science track. This is an engineering degree that includes specialized training in data mining, database programming, and the tools used by data scientists to extract, interpret, and communicate actionable information from large datasets. It incorporates four capstone project requirements that students complete at various points during the program.

The master’s in engineering program at UC Riverside allows for full-time and part-time enrollment, and can be completed in as few as 13 months, depending upon the number of courses taken per quarterly session. There are four enrollment sessions per year, in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. The school utilizes asynchronous instruction, which means that recorded lectures and other course materials are accessible on-demand to online students.

USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering offers an online Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) degree with a Data Science specialization that targets the computer programming, statistical modeling, and algorithmic analysis skills and technologies used by data scientists. The curriculum stresses the various applications of computer programming and data science across a broad spectrum of industries, from civil and environmental engineering, to healthcare and medicine.

Online students can complete the USC data science program in one-and-a-half years of full-time enrollment. Students who enroll part-time generally graduate in two-and-a-half or three-and-a-half years. The program utilizes both synchronous and asynchronous instruction, which gives students the option of viewing and participating in real-time lectures and class meetings, or viewing them on-demand at a later time. The program accepts applicants for two start dates per year, in the fall and spring semesters.

In addition to the programs offered by National University, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside and USC, there are 85 online master’s programs in analytics offered by 69 schools that currently accept students from California. This may be a particularly important consideration for students interested in pursuing an online master’s in business intelligence degree, or in exploring other facets of data analytics and data science. Of the 69 schools offering analytics degrees, 58 have programs that are entirely online, while 11 require limited campus visits. In terms of cost, it is not uncommon for schools to charge the same tuition rates to in-state and out-of-state online students. However, prospective students should check with each school to get the most up-to-date information about tuition rates for out-of-state applicants.

Online Data Analytics and Data Science Programs in California

School Fully Online Instruction* Programs
National University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Business Analytics & Master of Science in Health & Life Science Analytics)
University of California, Berkeley No Data Science (Master of Information and Data Science)
University of California, Riverside Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Engineering)
University of Southern California Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Computer Science)

Online Data Analytics and Data Science Programs that Accept Students from California

School Fully Online Instruction* Programs
American University No Analytics (Master of Science in Analytics)
Arizona State University No Analytics (Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Science in Business Analytics)
Austin Peay State University Yes Analytics (MS in Computer Science and Quantitative Methods, Professional Science Masters in Computer Science and Quantitative Methods)
Bay Path University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Applied Data Science)
Bellevue University Yes Analytics (Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Science in Business Analytics)
Boston University Yes Analytics, Business Intelligence (MS in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS))
Brandeis University Yes Analytics (Online Master of Science in Strategic Analytics)
Carnegie Mellon University Yes Analytics, Business Intelligence (Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT))
Central Connecticut State University No Analytics (Master of Science in Data Mining)
Clarkson University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Data Analytics)
Creighton University Yes Analytics, Business Intelligence (Master of Science in Analytics)
CUNY School of Professional Studies Yes Analytics, Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Dakota State University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Analytics)
Davenport University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Data Analytics)
DePaul University Yes Data Science (MS in Data Science), Business Intelligence (MS in Information Systems)
Elmhurst College Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
George Mason University Yes Analytics, Data Science (Master of Science in Data Analytics Engineering)
Georgia Southern University No Data Science (Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS))
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Analytics)
Illinois Institute of Technology Yes Analytics (Master of Computer Science (MSC)), Data Science (Master of Data Science)
Indiana University No Analytics (Master of Science in Business Analytics)
Indiana University Bloomington Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Iowa State University No Analytics (Master of Business Analytics)
Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Government Analytics)
Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Kent State University Yes Data Science (Master of Digital Sciences)
Lewis University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Business Analytics)
Lewis University Online Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Maryville University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Business Data Analytics), Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
New Jersey Institute of Technology Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS))
Northeastern University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Business Analytics and Master of Professional Studies in Analytics)
Northwestern University Yes Data Science (Master's in Information Systems, Master of Science in Data Science)
Notre Dame of Maryland University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Analytics)
Oklahoma State University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Business Analytics), Data Science (Master of Science in Management Information Systems)
Oregon State University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Data Analytics)
The Pennsylvania State University Yes Analytics, Business Intelligence (Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics)
Purdue University - Purdue Polytechnic Institute Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Information Technology)
Quinnipiac University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Business Analytics)
Regis University Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Robert Morris University Yes Analytics (Master Of Science In Data Analytics)
Rutgers University Yes Analytics (Master of Information)
Saint Joseph's University Yes Analytics, Business Intelligence (Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics)
Saint Louis University Yes Analytics (Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, Master of Science in Applied Analytics)
Saint Mary's College No Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Yes Analytics (Master’s in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics)
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Data Analytics)
Southern Methodist University No Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Southern New Hampshire University Yes Analytics (Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics, Master of Science in Data Analytics)
Stevens Institute of Technology Yes Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Science (Master of Science Business Intelligence & Analytics)
Syracuse University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Business Analytics)
Texas A&M University No Analytics (Master of Science in Analytics)
The University of Alabama Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Marketing, Master of Science in Operations Management (MSOM))
University of Colorado Boulder Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Computer Science)
University of Colorado Denver Yes Business Intelligence (Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS))
University of Dayton Yes Analytics (Master of Business Analytics)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Yes Data Science (Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS))
The University of Kansas Edwards Campus Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Applied Statistics and Analytics)
University of Maryland University College Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Data Analytics)
University of Michigan Yes Data Science (Master of Applied Data Science)
University of Michigan - Dearborn Yes Data Science (Masters in Computer and Information Science)
University of Missouri No Analytics (Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics)
The University of Oklahoma Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics)
The University of Texas at Dallas Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Information Technology and Management)
University of Wisconsin - Extension Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
University of Wisconsin - Madison Yes Analytics (Master of Engineering)
Utica College Yes Analytics, Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Villanova University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Analytics)
West Virginia University No Analytics (MS in Business Data Analytics)
Western Governors University Yes Analytics (Bachelor of Science in Data Management/Data Analytics, Master of Science Data Analytics)

*Programs with fully online instruction do not require students to visit the campus during the program. Programs marked “No” require students to visit the campus two or fewer times per year for on-campus orientations or intensive sessions.