Data Science Programs in Illinois

We have 39 data science programs in Illinois in our database.

Various schools in Illinois have the option to complete a Master's degree in data science either online, on-campus, or a combination of the two.

Lewis University in Romeoville in particular has accelerated graduate certificates that can be received with just a year's worth of study, while the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has an online MS in Computer Science that has curriculum focused around machine learning, data mining, and data visualization.

There are quite a few other on-campus options for a data science degree in Illinois, especially within the Chicago and its suburban areas.

Learn About Illinois Data Science Degree Programs

Schools in Illinois with data science programs include:
  • Aurora University: Master of Science in Digital Marketing and Analytics
  • Benedictine University: M.S. in Business Analytics
  • DePaul University: Bachelor of Science in Data Science M.S. in Business Analytics Master of Science (MS) in Data Science Online Master of Science (MS) in Data Science
  • Elmhurst College: Graduate Certificate in Data Science M.S. in Data Science Online M.S. in Data Science
Click to jump to the full list of Illinois data science programs, or consider learning more about one of the below online data science degrees currently accepting applicants.

Online Data Science Programs in Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Online MS in Computer Science in Data Science

An Online Master of Computer Science in Data Science can be obtained through the Grainger College of Engineering. This program requires 32 credit hours, or eight courses, to complete the degree. The core curriculum is divided up into subjects surrounding machine learning, data mining, data visualization, and cloud computing. Three courses must be advanced coursework offered, such as Theory and Practice of Data Cleansing, Foundations of Data Curation, Practical Statistical Learning, and Advanced Bayesian Modeling. There are also two capstone projects to choose from in cloud computing or data mining.

Courses are only offered during specific semesters. For example, Text Information Systems is only in the fall and Intro to Data Mining can only be taken in the spring. Core courses must all have a letter grade of B- or higher to count toward the degree. Some courses will take the entire 15 weeks of the semester to complete, but others will be shorter.

Distribution of the courses are through the Coursera MOOC platform. Lecture videos and lesson notes will be on this platform and can be completed at the student's desired pace, but there will be assignments, exams, and projects that will have set due dates. These courses are different than traditional Coursera offerings with the addition of the University of Illinois staff.

DePaul University MS in Data Science

At the College of Computing and Digital Media, a Master of Science in Data Science can be completed 100 percent online and there are four unique concentrations to choose from: Computational Methods, Health Care, Marketing, and Hospitality. All of the introduction, foundation, and advanced courses are offered online, but some electives are not available. There are various capstone project options to complete the degree with: completing a predictive analysis course, creating a data analytics project, completing an internship in the analytical field, or submitting a thesis.

52 credit hours are needed to complete the program and students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher. The curriculum is the same on-campus as it is online, so students have the option of blending face-to-face meetings and working online, and all course material will be available on-demand. Admission is accepted in all four quarters of the school year. Graduates have gone on to work at places such as Amazon, Facebook, and IBM after completing this degree.

Lewis University Online MS in Data Science

The online Master of Science in Data Science provides graduate students the skills in data mining, data visualization, data management, and predictive analysis. The entire curriculum is available online and there are no requirements to meet on campus. The 33-credit hour program has two concentrations to choose from: Computer Science and Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Job positions such as a marketing advisor, health care analyst, and business intelligence director are ideal opportunities after completing this program.

Most students complete the program between 18 to 24 months, but for those looking at a more accelerated path can check out the graduation certificates that can be obtained within a year. The curriculum is also fully available online with the following classes: Introduction to Data Mining and Analytics, Statistical Programming, Data Visualization, Large-Scale Data Storage Systems, Machine Learning, Mathematics for Data Scientists, and Programming Fundamentals.

Scholarship Opportunities within Illinois

Numerous scholarships can be obtained at DePaul University. The Father Ralph Panza Renaissance Scholarship is open to any graduate student (and undergrads) that are enrolled in a program in the College of Computing and Digital Media. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate strengths in computing, service, or art. The Dr. Steven C. Rubinow Endowed Scholarship is limited to graduates in the school. The award for both of these varies each academic year.

At the Illinois Institute of Technology, a partial tuition scholarship is awarded to those that have high GRE scores when entering a Master of Data Science program. The Starr Research Fellowship and Fieldhouse Research Fellowship is given to graduates who are nominated by faculty members and doing research projects. Up to $15,000 each academic year can go to tuition or be used as a stipend.

Data Science Careers in Illinois

Illinois is a hotbed for the tech industry, in no surprise to the booming growth of the Chicago metro area. There are over 439,000 people employed in the sector according to CompTIA, which is fifth-highest nationally. It is also the 10th-fastest growing state, which is higher than many surrounding areas outside of Michigan. Software and web developers make up the most job positions with cybersecurity, network administration, and computer support specialists close together afterwards.

Along with the most employment in the Midwest, Illinois offers the highest average salary at over $80,700. In data science specifically, the Chicago area sees around a $106,00 salary on average, but that is roughly 10 percent lower than the national average.

Data Science Events, Meetups, and Conferences in Illinois

The Data Science Conference

The Data Science Conference The Data Science Conference Website
Hosted at various cities each year, the upcoming 2020 edition will take place in Chicago. This is a unique conference that has professionals meeting other professionals and there are no vendors, sponsors, or recruiters. Essentially, no sales pitches are allowed and other companies cannot pay additional sponsorship money to gain an advantage in recruiting. The two-day event has various speakers throughout both days with networking at lunch and on the first night. Other cities that have hosted this conference since 2015 are Seattle, Washington, and Boston, Massachusetts.

Metis: Chicago Data Science

This group is sponsored by Metis and helps advance people’s careers into data science with bootcamps and developmental courses. On a weekly basis, there are livestreams that deep dive into specific topics like Python and “ask me anything” programs for curious prospects in the field that want to know more about data science and Metis specifically. Many of these events are offered through webinars and Slack channels.

Illinois Data Science Career Statistics Information

Number of people employed within the tech industry: 439,541
Change in jobs from 2017 to 2018: 5,873
Average tech industry salary in Illinois: $80,769
Estimated Illinois tech salaries range: From $48,833 to $123,428
Male Employment: 167,708 (68%)
Female Employment: 78,760 (32%)
* Data sourced from CompTIA, CyberStates.org, a data aggregate for tech workforce analytics.

Available Online Data Science Programs for Illinois

Online Data Science Programs Based in Illinois

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
  • 🖳 Online Online Master of Science (MS) in Data Science - College of Computing and Digital Media - Website

Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, Illinois
  • 🖳 Online Online M.S. in Data Science - Department of Computer Science and Information Systems - Website

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois
  • 🖳 Online Online Graduate Certificate in Data Science - Website
  • 🖳 Online Online Master of Science in Data Science - Website

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
  • 🖳 Online Certificate in Health Informatics - College of Applied Health Sciences - Website
  • 🖳 Online Master of Science in Health Informatics Research Track - Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences - Website

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, Illinois
  • 🖳 Online Master of Computer Science (MCS) - Illinois Computer Science - Website
  • 🖳 Online Online Master of Computer Science in Data Science - College of Engineering - Website

University of St Francis

Joliet, Illinois
  • 🖳 Online MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics - College of Business and Health Administration - Website

List of Illinois Data Science Programs

Campus-based and Online programs

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois
  • Master of Science in Digital Marketing and Analytics - Dunham School of Business - Website

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois
  • M.S. in Business Analytics - College of Business - Website

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
  • Bachelor of Science in Data Science - College of Computing and Digital Media - Website
  • M.S. in Business Analytics - Kellstadt Graduate School of Business - Website
  • Master of Science (MS) in Data Science - College of Computing and Digital Media - Website
  • 🖳 Online Online Master of Science (MS) in Data Science - College of Computing and Digital Media - Website

Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Graduate Certificate in Data Science - Elmhurst College Online Center - Website
  • M.S. in Data Science - Online Center - Website
  • 🖳 Online Online M.S. in Data Science - Department of Computer Science and Information Systems - Website

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
  • Master of Data Science - College of Science - Website
  • Masters in Data Analytics - Computer Science - Website

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois
  • M.S. in Business Analytics - College of Business - Website
  • M.S. in Data Science - College of Arts and Sciences - Website
  • 🖳 Online Online Graduate Certificate in Data Science - Website
  • 🖳 Online Online Master of Science in Data Science - Website

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
  • Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing - Quinlan School of Business - Website
  • M.S. in Applied Statistics - Mathematics and Statistics - Website

Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, Illinois
  • Master of Science in Data Analytics (M.S.) - College of Business - Website

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
  • 🖳 Online Certificate in Analytics and Business Intelligence for IT Professionals - School of Professional Studies - Website
  • Certificate in Predictive Business Analytics - Bridge School of Management - Website
  • M.S. in Data Science - School of Continuing Studies - Website
  • Master of Science in Analytics - McCormick School of Engineering - Website
  • Master of Science in Information Systems with Concentration in Analytics and Business Intelligence - School of Professional Studies - Website

Roosevelt University

Chicago, Illinois
  • Bachelor's in Data Science - College of Arts and Sciences - Website

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
  • M.S. in Analytics - Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies - Website
  • Master of Science in Computational Analysis & Public Policy (CAPP) - Harris School of Public Policy & Computer Science Department - Website

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
  • 🖳 Online Certificate in Health Informatics - College of Applied Health Sciences - Website
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics - UIC Business - Website
  • 🖳 Online Master of Science in Health Informatics Research Track - Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences - Website

University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, Illinois
  • Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence - Department of Management Information Systems - Website
  • M.S. in Data Analytics - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Website

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, Illinois
  • Master of Computer Science (MCS) - Illinois Computer Science - Website
  • 🖳 Online Master of Computer Science (MCS) - Illinois Computer Science - Website
  • Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS) - College of Engineering - Website
  • 🖳 Online Online Master of Computer Science in Data Science - College of Engineering - Website
  • Certificate in Data Science - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Website

University of St Francis

Joliet, Illinois
  • Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics - College of Business and Health Administration - Website
  • 🖳 Online MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics - College of Business and Health Administration - Website

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois
  • M.S. in Applied Statistics and Decision Analytics - College of Business and Technology - Website
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