Accredited degree programs
Offered by Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers.

Live classes
Engage in group discussions with professors and peers.

100% online
Hands-on learning from anywhere.

22 months
14 courses taken during fall, spring and summer semesters.

Per year. Tuition is reviewed each year. Additional fees will apply.

Get ready to lead with data with our online MS data science program

The Meharry MS Data Science online program offers the flexibility and analytics expertise you need to lead in a career with data. Our online courses are offered in the evening so you can fit them into your schedule. You will learn valuable skills like machine learning, data collection, statistical inference and data visualization. Then apply your education to real data in your capstone project – giving you practical experience that will impress potential employers.

I want a data science role that is close to the business side, so in my Natural Language Processing class, I did a project working with customer data. This and other class projects help me develop a portfolio of hands-on experience that will help me in my career.

Brittany City
M.S. Data Science student 

MS Data Science curriculum and resources

We understand that a master’s degree is one of the largest investments you will make in your career. Our program will prepare you to collect, analyze and interpret data to solve complex problems in any industry. You will learn from expert faculty who are passionate about topics such as cancer genomics, human impacts of energy systems, cybersecurity, and combatting complex diseases.

Your research projects will be powered by a high-performance, supercomputer network and other first-class resources. You will also use a robust, diverse dataset made possible through the Meharry Health System.

Build a portfolio of real-world experience

Prepare to impress future employers with examples of faculty-assisted research. You could apply data science to improving COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment, drug discovery, improving our understanding of cancer, health disparities, and other important issues. Meharry is located in Nashville, Tenn., home to a dynamic health care and technology business community, that presents several opportunities to solve real-world business problems.

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Data science career outlook

Data scientists also enjoy rewarding salaries*. 

Average salary 2022


Average salary 2027

$134,578 – 16% increase in next 5 years

Top 3 on

Glassdoor’s Best Jobs in America list for five consecutive years.

*According to SalaryExpert, June 2021.

Our online learning environment is a lot like an in-person classroom. We just add the convenience of virtual setting. Faculty will engage you through interactive class lectures, office hours, in-class exercises and projects. Most lectures are recorded and some professors supplement discussions with videos.

Lectures are just part of the Meharry SACS academic experience. We emphasize a practical approach to learning. You will learn to master data science concepts through several hands-on, individual and group projects that use real-world data. These projects will empower you to develop the problem-solving abilities necessary for success in the field.

Scholarships available! 

As an HBCU, Meharry is committed to increasing diversity in the data science profession.

Students admitted to attend the M.S. Data Science, or the M.S. or Ph.D. Biomedical Data are eligible for scholarships of up to 50 percent of tuition. 

Challenging courses—with the convenience of an online program

Our online program features the data science expertise employers seek and the flexibility you need. Courses encourage the same student and faculty interaction found in the traditional classroom. With evening classes, you can also continue to earn salary and benefits while you pursue your degree. Plus, your colleagues will notice your expanding skillset and expertise.

Diverse backgrounds welcome

Students from different industries will enrich the classroom experience and are encouraged to apply. You will need a fundamental understanding of data management, statistical analysis and decision modeling, and computer programing.

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