Bachelor’s in Data Science

The digital world runs on data. So can your career. 

We live in a digital world — one in which examples of data science and analysis can be found everywhere. Consider your product recommendations from Amazon. Think about how companies in different industries like Boeing, Walmart, and Disney use data to drive critical business decisions, and insurance companies depend on this analysis to forecast risk or banks to evaluate loan applications. Now imagine the career potential if you had the skills to help them do it.

Earn your bachelor’s in data science online from Maryville University, and you’ll do more than study the tools and techniques used to dig deeper into data. Graduates can build the skills to explore, analyze, monitor, manage, and visualize large data sets using the latest technology. Our innovative program also features a business minor, which can help prepare you for top data jobs in nearly any field.

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Access courses 100% online

Pursue a recommended business minor

Seek to qualify for financial aid and transfer eligible credits.

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Start in spring, summer, or fall

Participate in optional internship opportunities

Stand out with a concentration in actuarial science.

Why Earn Your Online B.S. in Data Science?

The modern world runs on mountains of data — from smartphones to smart homes. People, businesses, and devices have become data factories that generate an incredible amount of information each day. How do we make sense of it all? Companies, institutions, and government agencies turn to data experts — individuals with the skills to interpret and translate large quantities of data into actionable insights.

That’s why Maryville created an online bachelor’s in data science program to help you become a data expert with the job-ready skills to plug into any industry. Study with us, and put your numerical know-how to work through courses in Python, SQL, R, predictive modeling, and machine learning. Learn how data can be used to provide fresh business insights that are rooted in statistical theory and technical savvy.

This is your chance to graduate with the knowledge and experience to analyze data trends and drive real-world solutions.

Flexible, affordable, and highly personalized.

  • Benefit from streamlined admissions. Apply with no entrance exams or fees, and choose from three start dates.
  • Personalize your education. Consider a recommended business minor or a concentration in actuarial science.
  • Gain real-world experience. Complete practical projects throughout your coursework, including your choice of up to three optional internships.
  • Learn from leaders in data science. Engage with dedicated faculty, who help you connect the curriculum to your career vision.
  • Get the support you need. Apply to be considered for financial aid and get transfer credits for eligible courses.

What Can You Do with a Data Science Degree?

The world is creating, sharing, collecting, and storing more data than ever before. That means individuals like you — aspiring data analysts with the skills to uncover insights and deliver solutions — will be critical for every organization.

A data science major can prepare you to become a brave new voice in data analysis at a time when those skills are in high demand. At Maryville, your online data science degree helps you develop the broad-based knowledge to succeed in a variety of settings, including:

  • Large corporations
  • Small businesses
  • Government agencies
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Financial companies
  • Insurance agencies
  • Technology firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Marketing firms

Graduates with a degree in data science can qualify for a variety of in-demand occupations including:

  • Data analyst
  • Management analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Pricing analyst
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Actuary
  • Data scientist
  • Operations research analyst

What’s the market outlook for B.S. in Data Science graduates?

Data experts are highly valued.

The modern business world runs on data. Yet demand for qualified data science professionals continues to outstrip the supply. That means it’s an ideal time to pursue a major in the field. In fact, Glassdoor named data scientist the best job in America, according to its 2018 rankings. And with an average of more than 2 million open jobs asking for analytics skills*, it’s easy to see why. Your bachelor’s in data science can prepare you to thrive in roles with median salaries like actuaries ($101,560), computer systems analysts ($88,270), and financial analysts ($84,300).

*Median salaries and rankings data based on 2018 data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as Burning Glass Technologies.

Data scientists are in demand.

Modern businesses rely heavily on data scientists to increase efficiency, reduce costs, evaluate investments, and more. That’s why the BLS projects higher than average growth for jobs like operations research analysts (27%), actuaries (22%), and computer and information research scientists (19%).

According to a recent report from LinkedIn, we also know that the fields of data science and machine learning currently generate more jobs than candidates — and they rank among the fastest-growing employment areas in today’s tech industry.

*Growth rates based on data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as LinkedIn’s 2017 U.S. Emerging Jobs Report.

Leadership skills mean business.

A new report from IBM and Burning Glass Technologies lists data scientists and advanced analysts among the country’s fastest-growing roles — and among those most challenging to fill. The report also notes that employers are willing to pay a  premium (approximately $8,736 above median bachelor’s and graduate-level salaries) for professionals with expertise in these areas. While the average starting salary for data scientists with a bachelor’s degree is between $77,000 and $81,000, experienced data scientists and data engineers are earning salaries over $100,000.*

*Median salaries and growth rates based on 2018 data compiled for a report by IBM and Burning Glass Technologies: “The Quant Crunch: How Demand for Data Science Skills is Disrupting the Job Market.

Why Choose Maryville University’s Online Data Science Degree?

As one of Maryville’s online data science students, you’ll learn by doing. You’ll build skills in Python, SQL, R, machine learning, and predictive modeling.

Choose our online bachelor’s in data science, and you’ll also have the opportunity to:

  • Select electives that support your unique goals.
  • Complete an optional business minor that can put you on the path to leadership.
  • Prepare for a specialized career path with a concentration in actuarial science.
  • Build your foundational knowledge as a data analyst through project-based learning.
  • Gain practical knowledge through an optional field experience.
  • Benefit from a dedicated student support advisor from application through graduation.

Additionally, you’ll access the data science program through our innovative, easy-to-use online learning platform, with technical support available 24/7. As you build your foundational skills in data analysis, you can easily collaborate with faculty who can help you apply your learning to your career goals.

Maryville University has been empowering brave students like you since 1872. Ninety percent of our full-time faculty hold a doctorate or terminal degree. We’re proud of our reputation for quality academics and affordability, because it demonstrates our devotion to meeting the highest possible standards in data science education.

We’re continually recognized for excellence:

Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission — HLC

Ranked among “America’s Top Colleges” — Forbes, 2018

Ranked among the best values in private colleges
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2018

Ranked among “Best Colleges” — Money, 2018-2019

Connect to industry-leading experts in data science.

Guangwei Fan, Director of the Actuarial Science, Data Science and Mathematics/Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

Meet Guangwei Fan.
Director of Maryville’s Data Science, Mathematics, and Actuarial Science Progams

Guangwei Fan is an industry-leading scholar, published author, and passionate educator. With nearly 30 years of experience as an academic leader, Professor Fan has helped many of Maryville’s graduates find work in their desired field. And now he can help you do the same.

In his research, Professor Fan has investigated ways to expand how data scientists communicate with teams. In structuring our business minor, he’s helped create a professional pathway for Maryville data science students to become better equipped to lead.

With so much opportunity for graduates in the job market, it’s Professor Fan’s goal to prepare you to thrive in data science at a time when the field is rapidly growing and changing. That starts by connecting you to Maryville’s extensive network of resources, including:

  • Actively employed alumni
  • Data science faculty mentors
  • Data Science Club
  • Data Science Career Fair
  • Industry partners (examples include MetLife, Edward Jones, and Wells Fargo)

Online Bachelor’s in Data Science Curriculum

At Maryville, we believe that hands-on experience helps you see the practical application of your work. That’s why our data science program blends statistical theory with data technology skills through integrative projects you can complete in every course. You can also elect to take up to three internships during the program to gain further experience before graduating.

The Data Science program requires 128 total credit hours.  Forty-six of those credit hours are specific and required for the major. The program is comprised of the following:

  • General education courses
  • Required data science major courses
  • General elective courses (options for data science electives)
    • Option to minor in Business
    • Option to complete a concentration in Actuarial Science

Personalize your data science degree with a recommended business minor.
There’s no question: Our data science curriculum prepares you to stand out with the skills today’s employers value. But there’s an additional opportunity for you to add a minor in business to your degree. When you look at data science through a business lens, you can apply your knowledge in a way that could change how entire organizations are managed.

Excel beyond your data science degree.

Your bachelor’s in data science can lead to many opportunities in your career, whether you wish to focus more on leadership, technology, or a blend of both. At Maryville, your degree can qualify you for early access to campus master’s degree programs in data science and actuarial science, so you can get a head start on your next round of studies.

There are still more opportunities for online data science students interested in pursuing a future in business data analytics, software development, or business administration. When you’re ready to go further, consider some of Maryville’s other online graduate programs:

  • Master’s in Data Science, launching online in fall 2019 with high-level courses in machine learning, data mining, big data, and deep learning.
  • Master’s in Business Data Analytics, with advanced courses in data visualization, database principles, and predictive modeling.
  • Master’s in Business Administration, with your choice from nine concentrations, including project management, financial services, and information technology.
  • Master’s in Software Development, with a unique blend of coding and management courses, and no business experience required.

Learn more about the online bachelor’s in data science at Maryville University.