You don’t have to be a data scientist to read into these statistics: A McKinsey Global Institute report estimates that by 2018 the US could be facing a shortage of more than 140,000 data scientists. The field of data science is growing, and with it so does the demand for qualified data scientists. Sounds like a good time to pursue data science, right? No kidding! Data scientists make an average national salary of $118,000. If you’re looking to break into data science, or just trying to refresh and hone the skills you already have, Course Report has you covered. Check out this comprehensive list of the best data science bootcamps and programs in the U.S. and Europe for technologies like Hadoop, R, and Python.

(updated August 2016)

Basecamp

Why: Vienna, Austria-based Basecamp data science bootcamp focuses on deepening students' theoretical knowledge and enhancing practical skills in technology, statistics, machine learning, and development processes. The 8 weeks is split into lectures, workshops, and projects.

Where: Vienna, Austria

Cost: €5000

Program Length: 8 weeks full time

Requirements: Advanced English language skills, abstract thinking skills

Technologies: Python, R, SQL, NoSQL, Git, Spark

 

Bit Bootcamp

Why: Founded by former Wall Street data scientists, Bit Bootcamp is a data science program meant to teach the essentials of the field, specifically computer science and statistics. Bit Bootcamp has an extensive list of hiring partners, and will refund your fee if you are hired by a partner company.

Where: Jersey City, NY

Cost: $3000

Program Length: 4 weeks Part-time

Requirements: Background in SQL, and an object oriented programming like Java, C#, C++ etc., Solid Math and problem-solving skills

Technologies: Hadoop

 

Data Application Lab

Why: Data Application Lab wants to close the gap between academic education and industry practical needs, by teaching cutting-edge technology and tools, through hands-on experience. Students can choose to do a 10-week internship at the end of the program to get more experience.

Where: Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Online

Cost: $5200

Program Length: 19 weeks full time

Requirements: STEM background

Technologies: Hadoop, Spark, Python, SQL

 

Data Science Dojo

Why: Data Science Dojo’s bootcamp is just 5 days, but in that time they cover the fundamentals of data science and data engineering using the R programming language and the Hadoop framework. The program ends with students tackling a real-world data science problem. Even relative beginners can start predictive modeling thanks to the focused and engaging curriculum.

Where: Silicon Valley, CA/Seattle, WA

Cost: $3000

Program Length: 5 days

Requirements: Knowledge of at least one programming and/or scripting language.

Technologies: R and Hadoop

 

Data Science Europe

Why: Data Science Europe in Dublin, Ireland, features instructors who are all data science professionals from prestigious tech companies. Students are paired with mentors from companies such as Airbnb, King, Twitter, Novartis, Accenture, Quantifind, and Teralytics.

Where: Dublin, Ireland or Online

Cost: €7500

Program Length: 6 weeks

Requirements: Applicants must have or be working towards a quantitative degree, and have knowledge of at least one programming language

 

Data Science Retreat

Why: Berlin-based Data Science Retreat offers two tracks for data scientists and data engineers. Material is taught through pair programming, and a portfolio project. The bootcamp concludes with a hiring day.

Where: Berlin

Cost: €10,000

Program Length: 3 months full time

Requirements: Students must be proficient in at least one programming language

Technologies: Python, R, Hadoop

 

Galvanize

Why: Although Galvanize Data Science program requires prior experience in Python, math, and stats, it does not require you to have any qualifications in related fields. The program aims to give students the tools, techniques, and concepts they need to make an impact as a data scientist and covers data munging, exploration, modeling, validation, visualization, and communication.

Where: Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin

Cost: $16,000

Program Length: 12 weeks full time

Requirements: Prior experience in coding Python, math & stats

Technologies: Python, SQL, Hadoop

 

General Assembly

Why: With so many different locations, flexible scheduling, and a trusted name in the industry, General Assembly is as safe a choice as any for a program to start learning data science. The course covers real-world problems and students learn how to analyze data sets, and present findings using statistics, programming, data modeling, and business knowledge. The course also covers machine learning and big data.

Where: Austin, TX; New York, NY; London, UK; San Francisco, CA; Washington D.C.

Cost: $14,500

Program Length: 12 weeks full time

Technologies: Git, UNIX, SQL, Python

 

Insight

Why: Insight Data Science is an intensive 7-week fellowship intended as a post-doctoral bridge between academia and professional data science. Insight is located in both Silicon Valley and New York City, probably the two cities with the biggest ties to the data science industry. The program is 7 weeks of full-time project based learning with industry professionals and interview opportunities with major companies. The program has a 100% placement rate. Now that is some impressive data.

Where: Silicon Valley, CA/New York, NY

Cost: Free (Fellowship)

Program Length: 7 weeks

Requirements: PhD

Technologies: Python, R, Hadoop

 

K2 Data Science

Why: This part-time online bootcamp allows you to keep your job while learning data science and data analysis. K2's goal is to create an online classroom that replicates in-person bootcamps, with academic theory, practical explanations, assignments, and projects. Students will use real data to build a two-project portfolio to present to potential employers.

Where: Online

Cost: $14,000

Program Length: 24 weeks part time

Requirements: Strong technical background, programming experience, and statistical knowledge

Technologies: Python, Hadoop, Spark

 

Level

Why: Level is one of the only data bootcamps run by a major university. It was created by Northeastern University to address the growing role of data analytics in life and business. Students learn data analytics skills hands on, by solving real problems and working on projects with companies.

Where: Boston, Charlotte, Seattle, Silicon Valley

Cost: $7995

Program Length: 8 weeks full time, 20 weeks part time

Requirements: Bachelors degree and some experience with analytics or statistics preferred 

Technologies: MySQL, R, SQL, Excel

 

Logit Academy

Why: Logit Academy in LA aims to train students to build and analyze data and prepare them for a career in data science. Students receive job preparation including interview techniques, resume reviews, and networking events. Logit Academy is part of data consulting company Logit Data Science which uses data insights to help clients grow their businesses.

Where: Los Angeles, CA

Cost: $9500

Program Length: 12 weeks full time

Requirements: Basic programming experience, understanding of probability and statistics, a degree in a quantitative field is preferred.

Technologies: MySQL, Python, SQL, Hadoop

 

Metis

Why: Metis is a nice middle ground between the data science programs for absolute beginners and the ones that require PhDs. Metis is taught by professionals and is backed by the education company Kaplan, so they have serious resources to throw around, including major hiring partners in and out of New York. If you’ve got some data science skills, but no degree to prove it, give Metis a shot.

Where: New York, NY

Cost: $14,000

Program Length: 12 weeks

Requirements: Some experience in both programming and statistics are necessary.

Technologies: Python

 

Microsoft Research Data Science Summer School

Why: Microsoft Research Data Science Summer School, or DS3 for short, is an 8-week summer program intended for upper-level college students in New York interested in data science. DS3 offers a chance to work directly with Microsoft’s Data Science team and complete challenging real-world projects. On top of all that, it comes with a $5000 stipend.  

Where: New York, NY

Cost: Free ($5000 stipend)

Program Length: 8 weeks

Requirements: College students (including graduating seniors)

Technologies: Python, R

 

NYC Data Science Academy

Why: NYC Data Science Academy is an intensive bootcamp located in New York City that offers comprehensive data science training. The curriculum covers all major data science technologies like R, Python, Hadoop, and Spark. NYC Data Science Academy is intended for those who have either Masters or PhDs in a relevant data science discipline who are looking to find a career in data science. The final weeks of the program feature extensive career support and opportunities to interact with local hiring partners.  

Where: New York, NY

Cost: $16,000

Program Length: 12 weeks

Requirements: Ideal applicants should have a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math or equivalent experience of quantitative science or programming.

Technologies: R, Python, Hadoop, Spark, Github, SQL, Unix, Tableau

 

Science to Data Science

Why: Science to Data Science is a 5-week data science workshop in London consisting of intensive real life data science problem solving. Along with the main team based problem solving there are also lectures, exercises, and a networking event. S2DS has hiring partners who help develop the program, and though the requirements for applicants are extensive, accepted students only have to pay a nominal entry fee, as accommodation and a laptop are provided.

Where: London, UK

Cost: 360 GBP

Program Length: 5 weeks

Requirements: PhD

Technologies: Hadoop, R, Python

 

SPICED Academy

Why: Launching in fall 2016, this data science program in Berlin teaches students to extract meaningful insights, improve performance using algorithms, and get skills needed to become an integral part of a data-driven company.

Where: Berlin

Cost: €9800

Program Length: 18 weeks

Requirements: Unknown

Technologies: Python, algorithms

 

Springboard

Why: Springboard is a fully online data science school which students can take from anywhere. Industry experts and professionals teach students the basics of the industry including probability, statistics, data analysis, and a capstone project.

Where: Online

Cost: $499 per month for workshops
$1000 per month for Career Track with job guarantee.

Program Length: workshops:100 hours (2-4 months part-time)
Career Track: 200 hours (5-6 months part-tim)

Requirements: Strong background in probability, statistics, and at least one programming language

Technologies: Python, Git, SQL

 

The Data Incubator

Why: The Data Incubator is an intensive 7-week fellowship that prepares scientists and engineers with advanced degrees to get work in the field of data science. It is one of the most flexible fellowship programs with the option of attending the program in one of three major cities or participating online. Tuition is free and students will receive professional mentorship as well as the chance to build their portfolio with serious projects. Major hiring partners like Etsy, Microsoft, and JPMorgan Chase show the high caliber of jobs available to fellows.  

Where: New York, NY/Washington DC/San Francisco, CA/Online

Cost: Free (fellowship)

Program Length: 7 weeks

Requirements: Within 1 year of master’s or Ph.D. from any math, science, engineering, or social science field

Technologies: Python, Hadoop

 

Thinkful

Why: Thinkful is a cheaper alternative that allows students to try learning data science with Python without requiring serious commitment of time or money. The course is paced according to the student’s needs, and still offers 1-on-1 mentorship.

Where: Online

Cost: $500/month

Program Length: 3 months (recommended)

Requirements: None

Technologies: Python

 

XTOL.Careers

Why: A partnership between tech educators XTOL and the University of Texas at Austin, XTOL.Careers is a rarity because its an accredited certification program. The data science course is intended for people who’ve worked in the field, and the ability to choose between spreading the course over 6 or 12 months is a welcome option for anyone looking to learn without leaving their job.

Where: Austin, TX

Cost: $9800

Program Length: 26 or 52 weeks

Requirements: Two years of work experience, Familiarity with Windows, Mac, or Linux operating system

Technologies: Not specified

 

Zipfian Academy

Why: Zipfian Academy’s 12-week bootcamp is part of gSchool at Galvanize with courses offered in tech epicenter, San Francisco. Besides the great location, the program promises 93% placement within 6 months of completion, and has hiring partners like Facebook, Twitter, and Tesla. That’s a tech industry murderer’s row. The requirements aren’t exactly set in stone, but Zipfian has a Data Science Primer and exercises meant to be a litmus test for those unsure if they’re ready to apply.

Where: San Francisco, CA

Cost: $16,000

Program Length: 12 weeks

Requirements: You should be proficient in Python (or very strong in another language), familiar with data analysis tools and practices, and know college-level math, statistics, and probability.

Technologies: Python

 

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