2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Data Science Programs

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

With annual tuitions under $13,000, these 23 online colleges offer the most affordable master's in data science programs. Middle Georgia State University, the #1 option, charges only $3,825 per year. Courses at MGA include Decision & Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning, Programming for Data Science, and Statistical Data Analysis. Georgia Institute of Technology comes in second place, with an affordable tuition rate of $4,125 per year.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Middle Georgia State University $3,825
# 2 #2 Georgia Institute of Technology $4,125
# 3 #3 The University of West Florida $4,250
# 4 #4 Fort Hays State University $4,604
# 5 #5 Southern Arkansas University $6,600
# 6 #6 University of Illinois at Springfield $7,330
# 7 #7 Western Governors University $7,380
# 9 #9 Arizona State University $8,512
# 10 #10 Bellevue University $8,775
# 11 #11 Colorado State University Global $9,000
# 12 #12 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay $9,039
# 13 #13 Notre Dame of Maryland University $9,900
# 14 #14 University of Kansas $10,500
# 15 #15 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign $10,720
# 16 #16 The College of Saint Scholastica $10,735
# 17 #17 Southern New Hampshire University Online $11,286
# 18 #18 University of North Dakota $11,460
# 19 #19 National University $11,934
# 20 #20 Cabrini University $12,330
# 21 #21 Utica College $12,450
# 22 #22 University of Maryland Global Campus $12,492
# 23 #23 Davenport University $12,615
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $3,825
Annual Tuition: $3,825
Annual Tuition: $3,825
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 31%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Average SATs: 880 -1080
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,417
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 181
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (478) 471-2700

Example Classes: Decision & Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning, Programming for Data Science, Statistical Data Analysis

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Information Technology - Data Analytics
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $4,125
Annual Tuition: $4,125
Annual Tuition: $4,125
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 87%
  • Acceptance Rate: 23%
  • Average SATs: 1390 -1540
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 530
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,322
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (404) 894-2000

Example Classes: Bayesian Statistics, Design and Analysis of Experiments, Deterministic Optimization, Nonparametric Data Analysis, Probabilistic Models, Time Series Analysis

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Analytics
  • Master of Science in Analytics - Analytical Tools
  • Master of Science in Analytics - Business Analytics
  • Master of Science in Analytics - Computational Data Analytics
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $4,250
Annual Tuition: $4,250
Annual Tuition: $4,250
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,928
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,504
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (850) 474-2000

Example Classes: Advanced Probability and Inferences, Data Mining, Database Systems, Foundations: Programming Essentials, Statistical Modeling

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Computer Science - Data Analytics
  • MS in Data Science
  • MS in Data Science - Analytics and Modeling
  • MS in Data Science - Analytics of Business Decisions
  • MS in Data Science - Health Analytics
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $4,604
Annual Tuition: $4,604
Annual Tuition: $4,604
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,608
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,404
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000

Example Classes: Advanced Management Information Systems, Database Design and Programming, Financial and Quantitative Methods, Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective, Writing and Visualizing Big Data

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Liberal Studies - Information Analysis and Communication
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $6,600
Annual Tuition: $6,600
Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 261
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 608
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (870) 235-4000

Example Classes: Computer Networking, Privacy Compliant Systems Design, UNIX Operating System, User Interface Implementation, Vulnerability Analysis and Risk Assessment, Wireless and Mobile Security

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Computer and Information Science - Data Science
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $7,330
Annual Tuition: $7,330
Annual Tuition: $7,330
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1218
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 942
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 944
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 206-6600

Example Classes: Advanced Database Concepts, Advanced Topics in Data Analytics, Big Data Analytics, NoSQL Databases, Web Analytics

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Data Analytics
#7
#7

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City (UT)
Annual Tuition: $7,380
Annual Tuition: $7,380
Annual Tuition: $7,380
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Graduation Rate: 29%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 88,921
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 32,516
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (801) 274-3280

Example Classes: Advanced Data Visualization, Programming in Python, R for Data Analysts, SAS Programming I: Fundamentals, SQL for Data Analysis, Statistics for Data Analysis

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.S. Data Analytics
#9
#9

Arizona State University

Tempe (AZ) (and 4 others)
Annual Tuition: $8,512
Annual Tuition: $8,512
Annual Tuition: $8,512
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1091 -1298
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 28,353
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,021
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Foundations of Data Science II: Data Wrangling, Foundations of Data Science III: Project Management, Foundations of Program Evaluation I: Multiple Regression, Foundations of Program Evaluation II: Research Design, Foundations of Program Evaluation III: Advanced Regression Tools

Online Master's Degrees

  • MCS in Big Data
  • MS in Program Evaluation and Data Analytics
#10
#10

Bellevue University

Bellevue (NE)
Annual Tuition: $8,775
Annual Tuition: $8,775
Annual Tuition: $8,775
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,052
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,638
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 291-8100

Example Classes: Applied Data Science, Big Data, Data Exploration and Analysis, Data Preparation, Data Presentation and Visualization, Statistics for Data Science

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Data Science
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics
#11
#11

Colorado State University Global

Greenwood Village (CO)
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,054
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,422
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 920-6723

Example Classes: Data Warehousing in Enterprise Environments, Enterprise Performance Management, Fundamentals of Quantitative Analysis, Predictive Analytics

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS - Data Analytics
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $9,039
Annual Tuition: $9,039
Annual Tuition: $9,039
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,481
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 195
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (920) 465-2111

Example Classes: Big Data: High-Performance Computing, Communicating About Data, Data Science and Strategic Decision Making, Data Warehousing, Ethics of Data Science, Programming for Data Science

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Data Science
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $9,900
Annual Tuition: $9,900
Annual Tuition: $9,900
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 62
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 255
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (410) 435-0100

Example Classes: Critical Inquiry, Data and Decision Modeling, Data Mining and Warehousing, Data Security, Data Tools

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Analytics
#14
#14

University of Kansas

Lawrence (KS)
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 580
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,461
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 864-2700

Example Classes: Experimental Design, Linear Regression, Measurement for Statisticians, Nonparametric Methods, Statistical Learning I, Survival Analysis

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Applied Statistics & Analytics
  • Master of Science in Applied Statistics & Analytics - Analytics
  • Master of Science in Applied Statistics & Analytics - Data Science
  • Master of Science in Applied Statistics & Analytics - Statistics
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $10,720
Annual Tuition: $10,720
Annual Tuition: $10,720
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 62%
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 1200 -1460
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 419
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,348
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 333-1000

Example Classes: Cloud Computing Applications, Internet of Things, Numerical Analysis, Parallel Computing, Programming Languages and Compilers, Theory & Practice of Data Cleaning

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Computer Science in Data Science
  • Master of Science in Information Management - Data Science and Analytics
  • Master of Science in Information Management - Information Architecture and Design
  • Master of Science in Information Management - Privacy, Trust, Security, and Ethics
#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $10,735
Annual Tuition: $10,735
Annual Tuition: $10,735
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1270
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 462
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 688
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (218) 723-6000

Example Classes: Advanced Data Analytics, Data Analytics for Decision Making, Data Storage and Retrieval, IT Management Ethics

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Applied Data Analytics
#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 76,929
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,983
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 668-2211

Example Classes: Enterprise Data Management, Optimization and Risk Assessment, Predictive Analytics, Project Management

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Data Analytics
  • MS in Information Technology - Data Analytics
#18
#18

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks (ND)
Annual Tuition: $11,460
Annual Tuition: $11,460
Annual Tuition: $11,460
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,867
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,664
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 225-5863

Example Classes: Data Engineering and Management, Electronic Commerce Systems, High Performance Computing and Paradigms, Machine Learning, Security for Cloud Computing, Soft Computing: Computational Intelligence I

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Data Science
#19
#19

National University

La Jolla (CA)
Annual Tuition: $11,934
Annual Tuition: $11,934
Annual Tuition: $11,934
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 0%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,130
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,497
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (800) 628-8648

Example Classes: Advanced Analytic Applications, Analytic Models & Data Systems, Data Mining Techniques, Data Warehouse Design & Development

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Data Science
  • Master of Science in Data Science - Business Analytics
  • Master of Science in Data Science - Database Analytics
  • Master of Science in Data Science - Health Analytics
#20
#20

Cabrini University

Radnor (PA)
Annual Tuition: $12,330
Annual Tuition: $12,330
Annual Tuition: $12,330
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 34
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (610) 902-8100

Example Classes: Data Access and Transformation, Mathematics for the Data Sciences, Natural Language Processing, Programming for the Data Sciences

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Data Science
#21
#21

Utica College

Utica (NY)
Annual Tuition: $12,450
Annual Tuition: $12,450
Annual Tuition: $12,450
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,202
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,212
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (315) 792-3111

Example Classes: Cyber Counterintelligence, Cyber Data Fusion, Cyber Intelligence, Open Source Cyber Surveillance, Statistical Methods

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Data Science
  • MS in Data Science - Financial Crime
  • MBA - Data Analytics
  • MS in Data Science - Business Analytics
  • MS in Data Science - Cybersecurity
  • MS in Data Science - Social Science Analytics
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $12,492
Annual Tuition: $12,492
Annual Tuition: $12,492
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 53%
  • Graduation Rate: 15%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 36,550
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 11,882
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (301) 985-7000

Example Classes: Big Data Analytics, Data Management and Visualisation, Decision Management Systems, Predictive Modeling

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Data Analytics
#23
#23

Davenport University

Grand Rapids (MI)
Annual Tuition: $12,615
Annual Tuition: $12,615
Annual Tuition: $12,615
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,818
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,090
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (616) 698-7111

Example Classes: Aligning Information Systems and Business Strategies, Managerial Decision Models and Simulation, Multivariate Analysis, Predictive Business Analytics with Relational Database Data

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Data Analytics