Data Science Programs in Tennessee

Number of Data Science Programs in Tennessee

Tennessee provides a wide variety of educational data science opportunities both on-campus and online. The University of Tennessee provides a Master of Science and Business Administration with Business Analytics concentrations in both, exclusively on campus.

Vanderbilt University has numerous Master of Science specializations, such as Applied Clinical Informatics and Data Science. Middle Tennessee State University and Austin Peay University also have Master of Science degrees with concentrations in data management, business intelligence, and analytics -- the latter having online opportunities.

An online MBA program is available through the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Quick Overview of Tennessee Data Science Degree Programs

Schools in Tennessee with data science programs include:
  • Austin Peay State University: Professional Science Master's Degree in Predictive Analytics Professional Science Master's in Data Management and Analysis
  • Lipscomb University: M.S. in Data Science
  • Maryville College: Bachelors in Business Analytics Bachelors in Minor in Analytics
  • Middle Tennessee State University: Master of Science in Information Systems (Business Intelligence and Analytics Concentration) Master of Science in Professional Science (M.S. with a concentration in Health Care Informatics)
  • Tennessee Technological University: Professional Science Master's Degree in Environmental Informatics
  • The University of Tennessee: Master of Science in Business Analytics
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Available Online Data Science Programs for Tennessee

Online Data Science Programs Based in Tennessee
University Program Location

Middle Tennessee State University

Master of Science in Professional Science (M.S. with a concentration in Health Care Informatics)
Campus

Tennessee Technological University

Professional Science Master's Degree in Environmental Informatics
Online

The University of Tennessee

MBA with Business Analytics Concentration
Online

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Professional MBA with Business Analytics
Online

University of Memphis

Master's Program in Bioinformatics
Online

Online Data Science Programs in Tennessee

University of Memphis Graduate Certificate in Data Science

The global campus offers a Graduate Certificate in Data Science with six credits worth of core courses and six credits of electives required to complete the program. Students will be able to manage and manipulate datasets, analyze them to determine trends and make predictions to find solutions for their business, and become proficient in using software tools. This program can be taken alongside another graduate program or it can be used to advance someone's data science career.

Core programs in the curriculum are Machine Learning and Fundamentals of Data Science. Various electives that students can choose to customize the certification include Introduction to Data Mining, Neural Networks, Natural Lang Processing, and Bayesian Inference. Completing the degree requires an average GPA of 3.0 or higher, and credits can be transfered to a non-related graduate degree.

Austin Peay State University Master's in Computer Science and Quantitative Methods

There are a few Master's degree options under Professional Science that can be completed online - the program is Computer Science and Quantitative Methods with concentrations in Data Management and Analysis or Predictive Analytics. These degrees are offered through a blend of the science and business departments to provide the best educational opportunity in a growing data science field. In contrast, exclusive on-campus concentrations are in Information Assurance and Security, and Mathematical Finance.

Regardless of concentration, the Master of Science in Computer Science and Quantitative Methods is geared toward professionals that are still working and can be completed in two years. Example courses in the program include Database Management Concepts, Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning, Data Science in Python, Machine Learning, and Time Series Analysis. Students that have completed this degree has taken opportunities in healthcare data, education, and the Army.

University of Tennessee-Chatanooga MBA

Students can take two different versions of the Master of Business Administration program through the Gary W. Rollins College of Business - either fully online or a hybrid of physical and online courses. With the former option, there is no need to visit campus at all. There are four start dates to choose from throughout the year (one in the fall, one in the spring, and two in the summer). Regardless of the selection, students can then take a general MBA path or choose to add a concentration in Business Analytics, Healthcare Administration, or Finance.

Background coursework in economics, business statistics, business law, and accounting is needed before pursuing the degree, and prerequisite courses can be taken within the first six credit hours. There are eight core courses which includes topics such as information technology, financial management, and quantitative decision analysis. Most of these courses are geared to high-level professionals and management. Courses that are in the Business Analytics concentration are Databases and Data Warehouses, Data Mining and Analytics, and Advanced Data Analytics. A capstone project culminates the program.

Courses are delivered asynchronously and has flexibility for part-time students to complete the program within two years, which allows up to two courses to be taken in each term (summer is a split semester with a course in each half). Full-time students can obtain a degree in four semesters, or one and a half years. On admission, it is recommended that students have a Bachelor's degree and a minimum 2.70 cumulative GPA.

Scholarship Opportunities within Tennessee

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga does not offer graduate assistantships for 100 percent online students, but there are a few spots open for those taking the hybrid option. At Austin Peay State University, graduate assistantships are available for those that are enrolled into the Computer Science and Quantitative Methods program and holds awards such as a $5,200 stipend and tuition waiver for up to 10 graduate credit hours.

The University of Tennessee offers graduate assistantships and fellowships on-campus. Fellowships are given based on high academic achievement and assistantships provide a tuition waiver and stipend that varies based on department in exchange for 10-20 hours of work.

Data Science Careers in Tennessee

Tennessee has a bustling tech industry with over 174,000 workers according to CompTIA. The metro area consisting of Nashville, Davidson, Murfreesboro, and Franklin has the majority of these workers (over 62,000 workers), and the state and metro area are both growing at a rapid rate (22nd-highest in the nation). Tech occupations are fairly equal across the board, so there are plenty of opportunities for software developers, network administration, cybersecurity, and more. Average salary in the state is $67,120, which is on the lower side when compared to other states in the Southeast.

Data Science Events, Meetups, and Conferences in Tennessee

Nashville Analytics Summit

Nashville Analytics Summit Nashville Analytics Summit Website
Created back in 2013, this summit was created by Nashville Technology Council members to bring in data science professionals and provide an opportunity for them to optimize their businesses with big data and analytics. This is a two-day event with keynote speaker presentations and hands-on workshops. Speakers are in various levels of the workplace and have represented companies such as Accenture, FedEx, and Amazon.

Greater Nashville Healthcare Analytics

This group with over 1,500 members discusses data analytics in the healthcare industry created by professionals at TennCare, MedSolutions, and more. Typically, meetups are on the second Tuesday of each month in the evening at Nashville, Brentwood, or Franklin. Topics discussed have been data science significance in Nashville, healthcare data in machine learning and AI, and hands-on workshops with software.

Memphis Technology User Groups

Around 3,500 members strong, this tech industry group serves as a central point to software developers and programming professionals in various levels of the workplace. Meetups happen frequently with a majority of the topics in coding.

Tennessee Data Science Career Statistics Information

Number of people employed within the tech industry: 174,346
Change in jobs from 2017 to 2018: 3,797
Average tech industry salary in Tennessee: $67,120
Estimated Tennessee tech salaries range: From $40,954 to $103,985
Male Employment: 55,765 (68%)
Female Employment: 26,565 (32%)
* Data sourced from CompTIA, CyberStates.org, a data aggregate for tech workforce analytics.

List of Tennessee Data Science Programs

Campus-based and Online programs
University Program Location

Austin Peay State University Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Professional Science Master's Degree in Predictive Analytics
Clarksville
Geared toward professionals with an opportunity to complete 100 percent online. Two-year curriculum consists of advanced analytics, predicting patterns over time and SAS programming. Requires an internship that takes place over the second summer session.

Austin Peay State University Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

Professional Science Master's in Data Management and Analysis
Clarksville
Explores further concepts in database design, and retrieving and cleaning important information. Schedule flexibility geared toward working professionals. Also offers concentrations in Predictive Analytics, Information Assurance, and Math Instruction.

Lipscomb University College of Computing and Technology

M.S. in Data Science
Nashville
Topics in big data management, research methods, and decision modeling. Two capstone projects completed in the duration of the program. Incoming students should have a Bachelor's degree with five years of work experience. Submitting GRE scores are an acceptable alternate with an undergraduate degree.

Maryville College College of Business Administration

Bachelors in Business Analytics
Maryville
Students gain information storage knowledge and analytical concepts for business solutions. Analytical skills include two levels of calculus, regression analysis, and foundational statistics. Also gain principles in accounting, finance, and management. This degree gears graduates toward business analysts and data scientist positions.

Maryville College College of Business Administration

Bachelors in Minor in Analytics
Maryville
19 total credit hours required for the Analytics minor. Needed courses include introductory content, calculus, regression analysis, and database management. Students select a pair of courses to round out study, such as data mining and statistics.

Middle Tennessee State University Department of Computer Information Systems

Master of Science in Information Systems (Business Intelligence and Analytics Concentration)
Murfreesboro
The concentration explores analyzing big data sources, mining information, and business intelligence. Nine credit hours needed for further electives for courses at the 5000 and 6000-level. Admission requires Bachelor's degree with 3.0 GPA or higher. 2.75 GPA with five or more years of experience also accepted.

Middle Tennessee State University College of Basic and Applied Sciences

Master of Science in Professional Science (M.S. with a concentration in Health Care Informatics)
Murfreesboro
Analytics program with a health care focus, exploring managerial-level communication and legal issues. Required courses include business analytics, security operations, and project management. Current topics and latest innovations in the field are also reviewed.

Tennessee Technological University College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Professional Science Master's Degree in Environmental Informatics
Cookeville
Environmental program emphasizes leadership skills and programming with geographic information systems. Students gain competence with GIS applications and completing an internship. Admission requires three letters of recommendation and official transcripts.

The University of Tennessee College of Business Administration

Master of Science in Business Analytics
Knoxville
Subjects include quantitative methods, enterprise data management, and time series forecasting. Required criteria for admission include a Bachelor's degree, resume, and GRE/GMAT scores. Work experience and certain prerequisites are not needed to get into the program.

The University of Tennessee College of Business Administration

MBA with Business Analytics Concentration
Knoxville
Business-focused analytics concentration with an opportunity to combine alongside an MBA degree. Capstone project provides practice with soft skills, such as communication, and networking opportunities. Most graduates receive job placement within the first six months of graduation.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Business

Professional MBA with Business Analytics
Chattanooga
Nine credit hours features courses in data mining, data warehousing, and advanced analytics. All courses are available 100 percent online. Admission start times are in the fall, spring, and two different times in the summer.

University of Memphis College of Arts and Sciences

Master's Program in Bioinformatics
Memphis
Bioinformatics program requires courses in computer programming, algorithm development, and statistical methods. Admission requires a personal statement with interests in the discipline and career goals. Also requires two letters of recommendation.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Engineering & Computer Science

M.S. Computer Science: Data Science Concentration (CPSC-DS M.S.)
Chattanooga
Core subjects in the Data Science concentration includes programming, machine learning, and visualization. Students complete a thesis or project in the program. Six credit hours go toward the thesis while the project path requires more electives.

Vanderbilt University Data Science Institute

M.S. in Data Science
Nashville
Learn how to maintain large data sets and use machine learning algorithms. Also provides knowledge in ethical handling of data, privacy standards, and communication skills. GRE or GMAT scores required in the application process.
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