The State of Data Education in 2016

How U.S. higher education responds to the data skills gap

Demand for data analytics skills has exploded. Higher education responds with a wave of new and more diverse analytics programs.

Tableau conducted a year-long study to catalogue the state of analytics education in the United States. Download the full report to find answers to questions like:

  • What institutions have the most analytics programs?
  • What are the most commonly-offered types of analytics programs?
  • What are the top markets for analytics programs?

Most top-ranked national universities offer analytics programs.

All but seven of the top 150-ranked national universities by U.S. News in 2016 offer formal
analytics programs. Of those seven universities, only one is ranked in the top 75.

Students are more likely to gain data skills in 4-year institutions

Twenty percent of four-year institutions offer at least one analytics program, compared with just over 2% for two-year institutions.

UW-Seattle leads with the most data programs

The University of Washington-Seattle leads with the most analytics programs. Next on the list are George Mason University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Southern California.

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Read the full report

Read the full report to learn which higher education institutions offer analytics programs, and how the landscape is changing in response to the heightened demand for analytics skills in the marketplace.

Our methodology

The State of Data Education in 2016 is a study that provides a comprehensive listing of analytics programs in U.S. higher education institutions and explores the trends in the data education landscape.

The data set in this report is a comprehensive listing of analytics programs in all Title IV institutions (as of 2014) from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) that includes the results of web data collection, phone survey, and U.S. News ranking data.

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