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Top Universities for Data Science in the USA

ByPriyanka Barua - Study abroad Consultant
Top Universities for Data Science in the USA
May 24, 2019

As per the latest industry trends, Data Science is one of the most trending courses among students who are looking forward to pursuing their master’s. The reason why Data Science has emerged as a much sought after program is as it combines different fields of work in statistics and computation in order to interpret data for the purpose of decision making.  

Data Scientist

According to Josh Wills “A data scientist is someone who is better at statistics than any software engineer and better at software engineering than any statistician”.

Some of the key responsibilities of a Data Scientist are:

  •         To conduct undirected research and outline open-ended industry questions
  •         Extracting colossal volumes of data from various internal and external sources
  •         Exploring and examining data from different perspectives to determine unseen weaknesses, trends or prospects
  •         Inventing novel algorithms to resolve troubles and construct innovative tools to mechanize work
  •         Devising data-driven solutions to the most vital challenges
  •         Recommending cost-effective modifications to present measures and strategies
  •         Corresponding predictions and conclusion to management and IT departments through efficient data visualizations and reports
  •         Employing refined statistical methods, analytics programs and machine learning to organize data for use in analytical and regulatory modeling

Top 20 Universities for Data Science in the USA

Rank

University Name

1

Carnegie Mellon University

2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3

Stanford University

4

University of California--Berkeley

5

University of Washington

6

Cornell University

7

Georgia Institute of Technology

8

University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign

9

University of Texas--Austin

10

University of Michigan--Ann Arbor

11

University of Massachusetts--Amherst

12

Columbia University

13

University of Pennsylvania

14

University of California--Los Angeles

15

University of Southern California

16

University of Maryland--College Park

17

Princeton University

18

Harvard University

19

California Institute of Technology

20

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Source: US News

 

MS Data Sciences: Job Opportunities

As per Glassdoor’s recent survey, the job of a Data Scientist is ranked among the Top 50 Best Job’s in the USA as of March 2019. Of course one has an added advantage if he or she manages to complete his master’s program in the field from a top university in the USA. The average salary of a Data Scientist is about $102,500.

Another key advantage of pursuing Data Science from the US is that the program falls under the STEM category. This means that career opportunities in the field of Data Science are immense. Hence, a student has the option of applying for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT).

 

MS Data Sciences: Application Process

Master’s aspirants, who are eager to apply to the top universities for Data Science in the USA, should prepare themselves for applications at least one year prior to applying. This includes shortlisting universities as per the requirements (ranking, location, budget, etc.). Different schools have different guidelines for application submission. Once the universities are finalized and the application period starts the students are required to submit their mark sheets (semester or year wise). Along with this, the student needs to share their letter of recommendation, Statement of Purpose (or individual essays), resume and financial support letter. Also, the students have to submit their test scores of the GRE/GMAT and IELTS/TOEFL for English proficiency. Some universities also organize interviews in order to judge the students’ abilities.

MS Data Sciences: Documents required

  1.   Scores and Transcripts
  2.   Test scores: GRE/GMAT
  3.   English Proficiency report: IELTS/TOEFL/PTE
  4.   Letter of Financial Support
  5.   Essays: Statement of Purpose or University specific essays
  6.   Resume
  7.   Letter of recommendations


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