Frequently Asked Questions
Tell me about the program in just a few sentences.
The M.S. in Data Analytics is an interdisciplinary program that can be completed in as little as one year. Offered on both a full-time or part-time schedule, the program is designed to develop flexible leaders who will be able to apply an in-depth knowledge of data analysis across a broad range of fields. In addition, students will develop highly sought-after professional skills in communication and data visualization.
Who should apply to the Data Analytics program?
The Data Analytics program is for individuals looking to develop analytical skills to interpret data and translate it into insights and solutions. It is ideal for those who want to advance their career in the fast-growing field of data analytics. The program welcomes students from diverse educational backgrounds and work experiences. The only prerequisites for applicants are the following:
- Calculus I and Calculus II
- An undergraduate course in statistics
- An introductory course in programming or basic knowledge of a programming language
What makes this Tufts program special?
This is an interdisciplinary program that provides a deep understanding of data analytics across a wide range of fields. The program is supported by an advisory board of practicing professionals who ensure that our rigorous curriculum is teaching the professional skills demanded by employers.
Why did Tufts create this master's program?
Tufts developed this program in response to a growing need for skilled employees in the field of data analytics. Recently published research by McKinsey Global Institute states that the top three areas with the largest skill shortages are data analytics, IT/mobile/web design, and R&D, per a survey of top business leaders. The report also concludes that the demand for individuals with advanced data analytical skills will grow by 25% by 2030.
In the World Economic Forum's article entitled "8 jobs every company will be hiring for by 2020," Data Analysts are the first "in demand" jobs identified. The piece goes on to states that "data analysts will become increasingly more important in all industries by 2020."
A February 2018 article entitled "Data Analyst, the most in-demand job of the coming years," finds that the demand for data analysts has "grown by 6 fold" over the past 5 years and that "data analysts will continue to be the most sought after profiles over the next five years."
What types of careers will this program prepare me for?
The Master of Science in Data Analytics prepares students for a variety of careers in industries ranging from education and research to sales and information technology.
Examples of job titles that a student might get after completing the program include:
- Marketing Analyst
- Senior Data Analyst
- Data Scientist
- Business Analyst
- Investment Operations Data Analyst
What does the program cost?
Information about tuition can be found on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' website.
Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers a full range of financial assistance to qualified graduate students in the form of tuition scholarships, research and teaching assistantships, loans, and campus employment.
How do I apply?
What's it like being at Tufts as a graduate student?
Graduate programs at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences combine the atmosphere of a liberal arts college with the state-of-the-art technological resources of a large research institution. You'll be challenged by rigorous academics and do innovative research while getting to know your cohort and faculty mentors on a personal level. You'll also have access to one of the top professional development programs in the country, with nearly fifty workshops and sessions offered throughout the year.
Our graduate school community is diverse, with students coming from all around the country and the world, sharing an array of academic and personal backgrounds with one another. We're also collaborative, sharing a commitment to solving real-world problems, together in the lab, in the classroom, and in the community. This atmosphere extends across the Tufts campus too where you’ll find artistic, innovative activity everywhere.
The Medford/Somerville campus is only 6 miles from cosmopolitan Boston. This location provides easy access to all of Boston’s cultural, intellectual, and employment opportunities, but since we are located outside of Boston proper, parking is easier and nearby housing is more affordable. Just to the north of the city are the beautiful mountains of nearby New Hampshire and Vermont, affording convenience for outdoor activities as well.
If I enroll in this program, are there any resources to help me navigate moving to Boston?
There are a number of resources available to help students navigate moving to Boston. The Office of Student Affairs has a robust listing of off-campus opportunities, and a staff member who meets with students to find off-campus housing. GSAS runs a forum for incoming and returning graduate students to connect about various issues, and often about finding a roommate, a neighborhood, or things to do in and around Boston.