Find Big Opportunities in Big Data

The Master of Science in Computer Science concentration in Data Analytics at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) explores the intricacies of data analytics and exposes you to various topics and tools related to data processing, analysis, and visualization.

Program at a Glance

  • On Campus
  • Part-Time or Full-Time Study
  • 40 Credits
  • 18–24 Months to Completion
  • 17 Core Faculty
  • No GRE/GMAT

Develop In-Demand Data Analytics Skills for Your Career

Our ability to collect, mine, and utilize massive amounts of data continues to transform every aspect of our lives. With adoption of big data analytics widespread within every major industry—including healthcare, tech, finance, communication, entertainment, energy, transportation, government, and manufacturing, to name a few—the skill to create advanced techniques to harness the power of data, and tell its story, is critical. The World Economic Forum “Jobs of Tomorrow” report of 2020 suggests an annual growth rate of 41 percent for data and AI professions, with job titles such as artificial intelligence specialist, data scientist, data engineer, big data developer, and many others. Yet, there remains a significant skills gap as employers are faced with a shortage of qualified talent for a range of emerging analytics roles.

BU MET’s Computer Science master’s concentration in Data Analytics is far more career-centric than traditional data analytics graduate programs, and offers extensive exposure to database systems, data mining tools, data visualization tools, and cloud services. Students will learn probability theory, statistical analysis methods and tools, how to generate relevant visual presentations of data, and concepts and techniques for data mining, text mining, and web mining.

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“My personal motivation is to quickly find a better job after I graduate from school. I have noticed that BU MET has lots of fantastic programs that are career-oriented, which perfectly matches my concerns and future plans. I have also considered other programs such as operational research or business analytics. However, BU MET’s courses in the Computer Science department were more appealing to me . . . if you wish to become a data scientist. BU MET has the most diverse courses among all the programs that I considered, so it became my first choice.”Yiting Zhang (MET’20), Research Assistant, Health Informatics Research Lab (HILab)

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Why Earn a Master’s in Computer Science Degree from BU?

  • Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s computer science courses ensure you get the attention you need, while introducing case studies and real-world projects that emphasize technical and theoretical knowledge—combining in-depth, practical experience with the critical skills needed to remain on the forefront of the information technology field.
  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Computer Science master’s program, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified faculty and industry leaders who have hands-on involvement in data analytics, data science, data storage technologies, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, software development, and many other areas.
  • Extensive Network: Study computer science alongside peers with solid IT and business experience, learn from faculty who have valuable contacts across several sectors, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
  • Student Support: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty mentors and access to support.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, and many others.
  • Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus with courses that begin fall, spring, and summer.
  • Track Record: Learn from the best—BU MET’s Department of Computer Science was established in 1979 and is the longest-running computer science department at BU. Over its four decades, the department has played an important role in the emergence of IT at the University and throughout the region.
  • Merit Scholarships: All applicants are automatically considered, and admitted students are nominated based on eligibility.

Master the Tools to Excel in Computer Science

The Data Analytics concentration is part of BU MET’s Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) degree program. Those who complete the Data Analytics curriculum will graduate with a solid knowledge of concepts and techniques in data analytics, exposure to the methods and tools for data mining and knowledge discovery, and a broad background in the theory of the practice of computer science

BU MET’s Computer Science master’s degree prepares you for jobs that are seeing faster-than-average growth and excellent salaries. Amid growing demand for—and reliance upon—big data, cloud computing, machine learning information security, and networking, jobs in the computer science and information technology sector continue to grow at a faster rate than other occupations, with overall projected growth of 11 percent through 2029 and a median annual wage of more than $88K in 2019 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupation Outlook Handbook). Because of the specialized nature of the work, competition for talent is fierce.

Graduate with Expertise

Metropolitan College’s Computer Science master’s degree concentration in Data Analytics will equip you with:

  • Familiarity with applied probability and statistics—the foundations of data analytics—and their relevance in day-to-day data analysis.
  • The ability to frame data insights by applying visualization techniques and applications to real-world data sets.
  • A solid understanding of web analytics and metrics, strategies for analyzing unstructured data, and how to detect and leverage hidden patterns.
  • Concrete skills in knowledge discovery, web analytics, and data mining with leading tools such as SQL Server, Oracle, R, and Google Analytics.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics shares specific courses with the master’s in Computer Science concentration in Data Analytics. To be eligible for the degree, you must apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Connect with a graduate admissions advisor at csadmissions@bu.edu to learn more about this option.

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