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Data Science College Programs Across the Globe [Interactive Map]

Continuing this weeks theme on data science colleges, the nice folks at Silk.co created an interactive map of the Data Science University Programs across the globe. Click the map to view the interactive visualization.

Where are the Programs?

Global Map of Data Science Colleges
Map indicating the location of all the data science college programs

Based upon the visualization, it is easy to see most of the programs are in the United States and Western Europe.

What About Degree Types

Data Science Breakdown by Degree Type
Data Science Breakdown by Degree Type

The data can also easily be broken down by degree type and how the degree is delivered (online/on-campus).

What is Silk.co?

To state it simply, Silk.co is a place to very easily store and visualize data. It looks pretty awesome.

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Data Science Colleges by US State

US Data Science Colleges
US states with the most data science college/university degree programs

Creating the Awesome Data Science Colleges List has opened the data for some analysis. The above chart shows the states with the most data science programs based upon the total number of colleges in the state (dark red is best, followed by orange, followed by yellow, and finally black is for states with no data science programs).

The Top States

  1. Washington D.C.
  2. Colorado
  3. Massachusetts
  4. South Dakota
  5. Nebraska
  6. Indiana
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Maryland
  9. Illinois
  10. Pennsylvania
  11. New York
  12. Michigan
  13. Arkansas

The States Needing to Create Data Science Programs

  • Alaska
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • New Mexico
  • Vermont
  • Wyoming

See the original post at Need to Learn Data Science? These States are the Best! and the analysis at Create US States Choropleth for Data Science Degrees.

3 Questions When Choosing a Data Science Program

I was honored to write a guest blog post for Master’s in Data Science. The site contains a very detailed list of graduate programs in data science. The post I authored is title:

3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Data Science Program

Not to ruin the post, but the 3 questions are:

  1. What is my Background?
  2. What are my goals?
  3. Does location matter?

Head on over to Master’s in Data Science to see all the details about why those are 3 important questions.

List of Over 200 Data Science College Programs

My previous list of Colleges with Data Science Degrees has grown very large, and numerous people have requested the ability to sort and/or filter. Thus, I built a new list. It is available at: Data Science Colleges. As far as I know, this is the most comprehensive list of data science programs available. Here are some of the features it offers:

  • Over 200 Programs
  • Certificate, Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate programs included
  • Sort and Filter Programs
  • US and International
  • Program Name
  • Location
  • Online Programs
  • Ability to download the raw data as CSV or JSON

Yes, you read that last one correctly. All the data is freely available for you. If you do use the data for something, I would love to know and potentially blog about it.

The list will continue to evolve. If you find any broken links or missing programs, please leave a comment. Also, please leave a comment if you can think of ways to improve the list.

$10M for University of Virginia Data Science

The University of Virginia just announced a $10M endowment to support its new Data Science Institute.

The University of Virginia is in the closing stages of creating a Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) and the eventual goal is to have an undergraduate minor and a Ph.D. program in Data Science. The curriculum for the MSDS contains a nice mix of math, computer science and statistics courses. It even includes coursework in visualization. Also, the program appears to be an entirely new program and not just the renaming of an existing program.

The University of Virginia is definitely taking the correct steps to become a recognized leader in data science education.

You Don’t Need a PhD to do Data Science

Many of the top data scientists you will read about or hear speak have PhD degrees. Therefore, many people think a PhD is a requirement for becoming a data scientist. That is completely not true. There is a lot of work in the data science field that does not require a PhD. In all actuality, there is not a lot of data science work that does require a PhD.

What is a PhD and why would a person get one? A PhD degree is a research degree that usually takes between two and five years of study beyond a master’s degree. The majority of the program will be focused on researching and expanding upon a very specific topic. A PhD student will push the edge of known human knowledge.

In daily tasks, most data scientists do not go that far and do not need a PhD. Most of the necessary skills can be obtained at the bachelors or masters level. Combine that education with the amazing tools available and some experience and being a data scientist is definitely achievable.

The reasons many data scientists have PhD degrees are because of the curiosity and love for learning. Those are essential traits of both a data scientists and PhD students. However, you can be curious and love learning without attending enough school to obtain a PhD.

All of this is not to say that earning a PhD is bad. If you really love learning, thrive in the academic environment, and have the desire; then definitely go for the PhD. However, do not let a lack of a PhD stop you from doing data science.