Few careers have experienced the same amount of hype as data scientist in recent years. Named the best job in America by Glassdoor for the last four consecutive years, data scientists are promised a plethora of job openings and high starting salaries, leading to increased interest in the field from both those entering college and those already in the workforce.

With soaring demand for data scientists in the enterprise, a number of master’s programs in data science, business analytics, information systems, and other related fields are springing up across the US, promising to teach the skills needed to glean business insights from data and to help fill talent gaps.

“Data science is something that is not just a temporary blip, but something that is going to be needed a lot and for a long time,” said Andrea Danyluk, a professor of computer science at…

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