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2023 Data Science Degree Guide

A Recent Jump in Data Science Degrees

#282 Most Popular Major
541 Degrees Awarded
45.7% Increase in Graduates

Data Science was the 282nd most popular major in the 2020-2021 school year. Colleges in the United States reported awarding 541 degrees in this year alone. This is a difference of 247 over the prior year, a growth of 45.7%.

Our 2023 Best Data Science Schools ranking analyzes 14 of these schools to determine the best overall colleges for data science students. Explore this or one of our many other custom data science rankings further below.

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Associate Degrees in Data Science
Bachelor's Degrees in Data Science
Master's Degrees in Data Science


What Are The Requirements For a Degree in Data Science

Getting Accepted Into a Data Science Program

New students will need to have completed high school or a GED program and each school will have their own minimum GPA and SAT/ACT test requirements. Once you obtain your degree, additional data science certifications required to pursue a career in this field.

Data Science Degree Types

There are many different data science degree levels. You can spend many years getting as high as a in data science to something that takes less time like a . Depending on the data science degree you choose, obtaining your diploma can take anwhere from 1 to 4+ years.

Degree Credit Requirements Typical Program Length
Associate Degree 60-70 credits 2 years
Bachelor’s Degree 120 credits 4 years
Master’s Degree 50-70 credits 1-3 years
Doctorate Program required coursework including thesis or dissertation At least 4 years

Data Science Careers

How Much Money Do People With a Data Science Degree Make?

As you might expect, salaries for data science graduates vary depending on the level of education that was acquired.

Study Areas in Data Science

One of 44 majors within the Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies area of study, Data Science has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 34,975
Biological & Physical Science 30,075
Interdisciplinary Studies 9,074
International Studies 7,368
Nutrition Science 5,330

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