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10 Most Affordable Online Data Science Masters Programs

Getting your Master of Science in Data Science degree not only leads to more job offers, it makes you more indispensable and your opinions more credible to your current employer. Not to mention, most data scientists make upwards of $100,000 annually, not including bonuses. However, despite all there is to gain in compensation and career advancement, facing tuition costs can be daunting. That's why we've compiled the most affordable accredited online MSDS programs*, which can be completed from the comfort of your home.

1. Oklahoma State University – $5,531/year

The Spears School of Business offers an MS in Business Analytics & Data Science, which is ideal for part-time students. The degree can be completed over four semesters and has the option for students who are looking for more work experience to pursue an "advanced internship" in their second year. 90% of graduates have received offers 3 months after completing the program.

2. University of Oklahoma – $5,683/year

This 33-credit program, offered through the Gallogly College of Engineering, has options to study full-time and part-time. Students complete 24 credit hours of core classes and 9 credit hours of electives. Financial assistance is available. Applicants are required to have studied calculus, linear algebra, and high language programming in undergrad.

3. Dakota State University – $5,749/year

DSU's Master of Science in Analytics offers students four tracks to specialize their degrees: Business, General, Health Care Analytics, and Information Systems. Online students learn via a variety of mediums, including live-streamed lectures and interactive web boards. Along with core classes, students take courses specific to their track.

4. Cabrini University – $8,220/year

Cabrini's online masters program covers four areas of data science: software and programming, business and management, data warehousing, and data visualization. Capstone projects and internships are built into the program to provide hands-on experience, and class sizes are small. Students become proficient in programming languages such as Python, R, and SQL.

5. Emporia State University – $6,328/year

The Master of Science in Informatics program at Emporia State is 36-credit hours: 15 credits of interdisciplinary core classes, 12 credits of quantitative economics courses, 6 credits of capstone classes (including an internship and a thesis), and 3 credits of electives, which can be fulfilled by directed research or a graduate internship.

6. Texas A&M University – $6,552/year

Mays Business School offers an MS in Analytics which was ranked #12 in Data Science Graduate programs. Online students learn alongside on-campus students via live-streamed videos of classes. The capstone projects are worked on throughout the program, with the guidance of coaches and peers. Graduates of the program benefit from an alumni network of 400,000 current and former students.

7. The University of West Florida – $7,088/year

The online MS in Data Science from University of West Florida offers synchronous coursework and the ability to develop personal relationships with faculty through one-on-one communication. This program is ideal for students who don't have much experience in the field – applicants of any Bachelor's can be accepted, as long as they meet the minimum GPA and GRE exam score requirements.

8. Harrisburg University of Science and Technology – $7,200/year

Harrisburg's MS in Analytics is the ideal opportunity for professionals looking to advance their careers. Students can complete this program while maintaining full-time jobs. The program is 36 semester hours and offers three concentrations: Healthcare Informatics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Individualized.

9. Western Governors University – $7,500/year

Western Governors University is notable not only for its affordability, but also its prestige – its online MS in Data Analytics is among the best-rated online MSDS programs (check out our rankings here). The degree can be completed in as little as a year, and its 11 courses focus on data manipulation, communication, data analytics, and programming.

10. University of Maryland Global Campus – $8,244/year

The faculty of the University of Maryland's online MS in Data Analytics is taught using digital resources such as electronic textbooks, websites, software, and interactive exercises. Courses include "Decision Management Systems," "Predictive Modeling," and a capstone project, which incorporates the knowledge students gain throughout the program and is strengthened through peer-reviewed presentations.

* based on average graduate in-state tuition according to the National Center for Education Statistics