Value Colleges, an independent online guide to the best values in undergraduate and graduate college education, has released its Top 50 Best Value Online Big Data Graduate Programs of 2016.
Value Colleges’ Top 50 Best Value Online Big Data ranking helps working professionals find reputable higher education institutions providing flexible, convenient, and affordable online degree programs. The top 50 ranking includes only regionally accredited, proven values that find the sweet spot between price and quality for a degree that will carry its weight on the job market.
The top 50 are ranked using information from the U.S. News & World Report ranking, PayScale, and tuition cost (according to the institution’s website).
The top 3 best values for 2016 are Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, followed by Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO, and Oklahoma State University-Stillwater in Stillwater, OK.
For the complete list of schools click here.
“More information is being recorded today than ever before, editor Carrie Sealey-Morris explains, “and while computers do the heavy lifting, it still takes highly-skilled, rigorously-trained human beings to program these computers, run the numbers, analyze outputs, and visualize and communicate the information.” These careers, including such things as data analyst, are too new to have many trained experts, meaning a major labor shortage and a prime opportunity for entry into an in-demand profession. Value Colleges knows that most people interested in a Big Data career are going to be computer-savvy, but “if you’re investing your hard-earned money, or taking out student loans that you will have to pay back later, you want to know that your degree is worth the sacrifice and investment.” The top 50 ranking features only the best investments.