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

There are four schools in the state of Texas that currently offer online master’s degrees in analytics: Sothern Methodist University (SMU); Texas A&M University; the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas); and Austin Peay State University. OnlineEducation.com classifies the program offered by SMU as a master’s in data science, based on its curriculum. The programs offered by Texas A&M, UT Dallas, and Austin Peay State University are classified as master’s in data analytics programs. SMU and Texas A&M utilize synchronous instruction, which means students must log in at specific times to view real-time lectures. UT Dallas and Austin Peay State University employ asynchronous instruction, which gives students on-demand access to pre-recorded video lectures. SMU and Texas A&M require students to attend a limited number of on-campus sessions during the program; whereas, UT Dallas and Austin Peay State University not require any campus visits.

SMU’s Master of Science in Data Science (DataScience@SMU) is an interdisciplinary degree that draws on the resources of the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, the Lyle School of Engineering, and the Meadows School of the Arts. It focuses on the theories, tools, and technologies used by data scientists to mine, manage, and interpret large and complex datasets. Students who opt for full-time enrollment can finish the degree requirements in 18 months. Those attending part-time can expect to graduate in roughly 24 months, depending on the number of courses taken per semester. The program has start dates in January, May, and August.

The DataScience@SMU program utilizes synchronous instruction, which means there are scheduled online lectures and seminars that require students to be present at a set time each week, usually in the evenings. Students are also required to attend one weekend-long, campus-based immersion session, where they participate in a group project based on a data science case study.

Texas A&M University offers an online Master of Science in Analytics program through the school’s College of Science and Mays Business School. The curriculum focuses on the statistical modeling, computer programming, and database management skills used by data analysts in fields like business management, financial accounting, and marketing. The program is designed to accommodate part-time students who have at least three years of professional experience, and it takes 20 months, or five semesters, to complete. The school accepts a new pool of applicants into the program once a year, in the fall.

The online Master of Science in Analytics program at Texas A&M is run concurrently with a campus-based program that meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Lectures and discussions are streamed synchronously to online participants at that time. The online program also includes two campus visits: an introductory session at the beginning of the program; and a colloquium at the end of the program during which students present the results of an analytics capstone project.

The online Master in Data Analytics program at UT Dallas is offered through the Naveen Jindal School of Management as a Business Intelligence and Analytics concentration within its Master of Science in Information Technology and Management (MS ITM) program. The curriculum focuses on the application of IT systems and programming tools in the collection and processing of data in the business world, as well as on strategic decision-making, risk management, and organizational behavior. Students who are enrolled full-time can expect to graduate in 18 months. Those who opt for part-time enrollment generally complete the degree within two years. There are three annual start dates, in the fall, spring, and summer.

The MS ITM program at UT Dallas utilizes asynchronous instruction, which allows students to view pre-recorded lectures and access other course materials on-demand. There are no mandatory campus visits. However, some online courses do require proctored exams. Students who live near UT Dallas can take exams at an on-campus testing center. For students who find this geographically inconvenient, the school does provide off-campus proctoring alternatives.

Austin Peay State University offers two similar types of master’s programs in Computer Science and Information Technology: a Master of Science (MS) and a Professional Science Masters (PSM). Both programs have two analytics concentrations: Data Management and Analysis, and Predictive Analytics. The primary difference between the two types of degrees is the final project: the PSM program concludes with an internship, while the MS program gives students a choice between a thesis or a capstone project. The Data Management and Analysis concentration curriculum focuses on data mining, database management, and data mining. The Predictive Analytics concentration includes some similar coursework but focuses more heavily on mathematical and statistical modeling methodologies. Both concentrations provide general training in the principles and practices of data analytics.

For students interested in exploring out-of-state options for online master’s degrees in analytics, there are 86 programs offered by 69 out-of-state schools that accept applicants from Texas. This may be of particular interest to those looking for an online master’s program that specializes in business intelligence or in another analytics specialization that is not offered by one of the three schools in Texas. Of the 69 out-of-state schools with analytics programs, 59 are completely online. The other 10 schools require no more than two campus visits per year. In many cases, the tuition costs for out-of-state online students are the same as for in-state online students, but prospective students should research tuition costs before applying to out-of-state programs.

Online Data Analytics and Data Science Programs in Texas

School Fully Online Instruction* Programs
Southern Methodist University No Data Science (Master of Science in Data Science)
Texas A&M University No Analytics (Master of Science in Analytics)
The University of Texas at Dallas Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Information Technology and Management)

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

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)
National University Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Business Analytics & Master of Science in Health & Life Science Analytics)
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 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)
The University of Alabama Yes Analytics (Master of Science in Marketing, Master of Science in Operations Management (MSOM))
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 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 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)
University of Southern California Yes Data Science (Master of Science in Computer Science)
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.