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What is Metis?

Metis is a data science educator that accelerates the careers of data scientists by providing full-time immersive bootcamps, evening professional development courses, online training, and corporate programs. Courses are taught by expert data science practitioners, integrating project based learning with real datasets.

Is Metis accredited?

Yes. Kaplan, Inc. launched Metis in 2014 and has been awarded accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) for all Metis data science programming. ACCET has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1978, and Kaplan Test Prep, a division of Kaplan, Inc., has received back-to-back 5-year grants of recognition — the longest period provided to an accredited member school. The rigorous standards prescribed by ACCET include demanding review and approval of the Metis curriculum, of instructional personnel, of instructional delivery, and of admissions and student services.

Where does Metis run its classes?
Chicago

1033 West Van Buren, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL, 60607
Metis is located in Chicago’s West Loop district

New York City

27 East 28th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY, 10016
(WeWork Nomad) in New York’s Flatiron district

San Francisco

633 Folsom Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94107
in San Francisco's SoMa district

Seattle

83 South King Street, Suite 250, Seattle, WA, 98104
in Seattle’s Pioneer Square district

Washington D.C.

2025 M St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20036
(Kaplan Test Prep)

Why focus on Data Science?

Our research shows a still-growing demand for qualified individuals for positions in the field of data science. This is largely driven by the exponential growth of available data (2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created daily and 90% of the world’s data was created in the past two years) and the narrow set of specific skills required to extract value from that data. As a result, the number of data-related job postings has surged and median salaries have risen as well, leading to “data scientist” becoming the best job in America in 2016 and 2017 according to Glassdoor.

    External data continues to validate the demand for the types of programs Metis offers. For example:
  • By 2018, demand for deep analytical talent in the United States could be 50-60% than its projected supply (McKinsey)
  • IBM predicts demand for data scientists will grow by 28% by 2020 (IBM)
  • The median base salary for a data scientist is $110,000 (Glassdoor)
What is the difference between a Data Scientist, Data Analyst, and Data Miner?

We’ve certainly seen variation in regards to what employers have in mind when they use these terms, so please consider the answers below as general guidelines.

A Data Analyst is someone who creates and communicates insights from data to measure outcomes, make predictions, and guide business decisions. Often, there is a lighter coding burden placed upon someone with the title Data Analyst, though they may be expected to know certain languages or packages in R or python.

A Data Engineer is the designer, builder, and manager of the information or "big data" infrastructure. Each develops the architecture that helps analyze and process data in the way the organization needs it – and they make sure those systems are performing smoothly.

The term Data Scientist is used the most broadly. A job posting for a Data Scientist might describe a role identical to others calling for “data analyst,” though there is usually more diverse coding skills needed for a data scientist job. For the most part, data scientists are asked to participate in the entire cycle of problems and solutions. They help identify opportunities for companies to use data, while also finding, collecting, and integrating relevant data sources, performing analyses of varying degrees of complexity, writing code and creating tools that teams and businesses can use over time, and telling the story of what they’ve done to company stakeholders.

Bootcamp Questions

What makes the Metis bootcamp stand apart from other programs?

We believe we are different in several key ways:

Instructional Quality: Our Sr. Data Scientists are the individuals responsible for instructing our intensive bootcamps, among other year-round tasks. They represent a wide swath of expertise and come from educational and professional backgrounds spanning physics, business, neuroscience, engineering, healthcare, academia, and more. They are the primary reason that our bootcamp is successful cyclically and they push the student experience to the next level.

They’ve not only studied all of the material in our curriculum closely, but they’ve put it into practice at some of the top companies, organizations, and institutions in the country and beyond.

Curriculum: We take an iterative, project-centered approach to our data science bootcamp curriculum. On each of the five projects, we teach students how to identify the problem, extract and clean data, analyze and interpret data, and communicate the results, both visually and orally in a presentation. We focus on the full lifecycle of being a data scientist, rather than just teaching theory or just teaching tools and technologies.

Career Support: Our careers team offers valuable tools and coaching before, during, and after the bootcamp to help students achieve their individual goals. You’ll have one-on-one meetings with your career advisor, exposure to industry experts via our in-class speaker series, workshops focused on resume writing, LinkedIn, and salary negotiations, mock technical interviews with professional data scientists, and more. Our team provides personalized and ongoing support to each student during and after the bootcamp.

Accreditation: Metis is an accredited data science bootcamp. In order to keep our courses running, we must adhere to certain regulations determined by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). Our future is directly tied to our ability to help students get jobs related to data science.

Is this a full-time commitment?

Yes, the bootcamp requires a full-time commitment Monday through Friday from 9:30am-6pm.

Does this program guarantee a job at the end?

No, a job is not guaranteed. However, we do guarantee to:

  • Work insanely hard to provide you with a great data science learning experience.
  • Introduce you to many hiring partners who are looking to hire data science professionals.
  • Provide post-session support and professional development through our Careers Team.
What if I want to pursue a job that is not in the city where Metis runs classes?

While our hiring network is largest within our home bootcamp cities of Chicago, New York City, Seattle, and San Francisco (and therefore many local companies attend our Career Day events), we're also dedicated to helping those who wish to connect with companies based outside of these areas.

Because Metis is backed by Kaplan, which has global reach, we have the ability to help introduce graduates to companies around the world. Our career advisors are 100% dedicated to helping you find a job, no matter the location.

Does Metis provide living accommodations for bootcamp students?

No, however, we do partner with Common, which provides short-term, collaborative living arrangements in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. In Seattle, we have a list of places we can recommend. If you want more information, please email us at [email protected]. There are also a number of other affordable short-term living options that you can research.

Does Metis provide visas for bootcamp students?

International Students may attend the Metis Data Science Bootcamp in New York City or San Francisco on an M-1 Visa. Details here.

What are the payment options for the bootcamp?

Tuition for the Metis Data Science Bootcamp is $16,000. A deposit of $1,500 is required within 7 days of acceptance to secure a spot. After making the deposit, students have the option of paying in three monthly installments.

Third Party Financing: Students accepted into Metis also have the option to explore financing through our partner, Skills Fund.

With Skills Fund, you can borrow up to $24,500 for tuition and cost of living financing (this excludes the $1,500 deposit).

    Metis students are offered one of the lowest interest rates among Skills Fund partners:
  • 36 Month Loan - 8.49% fixed interest rate for all approved students
  • 60 Month Loan - 10.49% fixed interest rate for all approved students
  • 4% Origination Fee
    Other benefits of financing through Skills Fund include:
  • Ability to select an interest-only or fully-deferred type loan with two-month repayment (interest + principal) grace period following program completion.
  • No income, employment, nor educational criteria used in underwriting.
  • Less than 10 minutes to complete your online application. Credit approval within minutes.
  • Scholarships can be applied toward financing at any time during the admissions process.
Does Metis offer scholarships to the bootcamp?

Yes. Women, members of underrepresented demographic groups*, members of the LGBTQ community, and/or veterans or members of the U.S. military are eligible to receive a $3,000 scholarship toward their Metis Data Science Bootcamp tuition.

* Underrepresented demographic groups include African Americans, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans (American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians), Hispanic and Latino Americans, Pacific Islanders, and mainland Puerto Ricans.
What is the application process like?

Admission to Metis is selective and comprised of three phases.

  1. Prospective students must first submit a written application, which is reviewed by an admissions committee. In determining whether or not to advance an applicant to the next round of review, the committee evaluates their (1) programming experience, (2) statistics experience, (3) communication skills, and (4) personality traits of curiosity, grit, and passion.
  2. Once advanced to the second round of screening, prospective students are sent two challenges that include a technical assessment and a data science project challenge, which they have 48 hours to complete.
  3. Then, during a subsequent interview, conducted either in-person or online (e.g., Skype) by a Metis data scientist, the applicant presents their responses to the challenges (and the given extra credit problems). While conducting each interview, the interviewer evaluates, for a second time, an applicant’s demonstration of (1) programming experience, (2) statistics experience, (3) communication skills, (4) personality traits of curiosity, grit, and passion, and this time also looks for their (5) motivation to join the bootcamp and (6) their potential overall fit within Metis. If the admissions committee agrees that the person has the potential to succeed in the program, the applicant is informed in writing of their acceptance within two weeks of the interview.
Am I qualified for the Data Science bootcamp?

Not sure if your skills and experience are strong enough for the Data Science Bootcamp? Try scoring yourself using this brief self-assessment:

Statistics
  • [+5] Have you ever performed quantitative or qualitative research?
  • [+5] Have you ever built a computational model of something?
  • [+2] Do you know what the Monty Hall problem is?
  • [+3] Can you explain why Monty Hall works?
  • [+2] Have you ever been bothered by a news story, report, figure, or infographic that had a flaw in its quantitative analysis?
  • [+2] Have you ever caught (or gone back to search for) an error in your work because the result you had seemed fishy?
  • [+2] Have you ever taken a stats class...and liked it?

Statistics total = _____

Programming
  • [+2] Have you ever written code to achieve a goal?
  • [+4] Have you written code to do something that no one assigned or paid you to do?
  • [+4] Have you ever written code to do something for you that you were asked to do by hand?
  • [+2] Have you ever experienced a "debugger's high" (bliss, excitement, or elation resulting from figuring out why your code isn't working)?
  • [+4] Could you name more than three data structures off the top of your head?

Programming total = _____

Personality
  • [+2] Have you ever been accused of being "obsessive" for the amount of effort you've put into finding a satisfactory answer to a seemingly unimportant or trivial question?
  • [+2] Have you ever said, "You know, I bet we could test that..." and then started designing a study or experiment? (Having done so in your head counts.)
  • [+2] Have you ever found yourself incidentally "interviewing" someone about what they do and how they do it?
  • [+2] Have you ever done the above in an unexpected environment, like at a party or a bar?
  • [+2] Have you ever taught someone about something just because it makes you feel good?

Personality total = _____

If you scored a six or greater in each of the above categories, you may be the kind of person we’re looking for. Of course, the bootcamp itself will be much more challenging, involved, and technical, but this assessment highlights the combination of skills, interests, and personality we think are necessary for a seriously considered application.

How is the bootcamp different from a computer science program?

A computer science program tends to be more broad and theoretical. Our bootcamp focuses on applications, so the computer science material covered within the bootcamp will be narrowly focused on topics in data structures, algorithms, input/output, and Python language that are pertinent to the data science workflow.

In addition, we cover topics in statistics and machine learning that are not computer science, per se. We also focus on the soft skills that make data scientists so valuable such as communicating results, working with deadlines, combating perfectionism, and setting expectations.

Is it more important to have a background in Python or statistics?

Some experience in both programming and statistics are necessary. Further background in either one is helpful but not critical for overall success this bootcamp. Students jump into solving problems directly, which requires the use of Python skills and statistics knowledge together. If it applies to you, you will certainly learn more in the area you’re currently less versed in, meaning you will graduate from the bootcamp feeling strong and qualified in both.

What tools are used in the bootcamp?

Students build a strong foundation in the Python language, the unix/linux command line, machine learning packages such as scikit.learn, other statistics modules including scipy and pandas, web scraping packages like BeautifulSoup and Selenium WebDriver, PostgreSQL and mongodb databases, collaborative coding under version control with git, working on remote cloud servers such as rackspace, custom visualization tools, especially matplotlib and D3.js with support in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and web hosting.

They will also learn about, and become comfortable with, distributed algorithm frameworks such as Hadoop/MapReduce, system architectures with multiple servers of different roles, and web app frameworks such as Django.

What can I do to get ready before the bootcamp starts?

Completing the pre-work is essential to obtaining the foundational knowledge necessary to successfully start the Metis Data Science Bootcamp and setup your software. Each student should expect to spend approximately 60 hours on tutorials as they become familiar with Python, take a Command Line Crash course, go through a number of package installation tutorials (i.e., Numpy, Scipy, pandas, Scikit.learn), and do some preliminary linear algebra and statistics work.

The pre-work is intended to provide students with the essential background and foundational knowledge they’ll need in order to start the bootcamp and hit the ground running.

What do I need to bring to the bootcamp?

You will need your computer, your brain, and a readiness to learn. Your computer needs to run OS X and have at least 4GB RAM, 2GHz, and a 100 GB HD. Alternatively, if you are a Windows user and your computer is fairly powerful, you could run a Linux Virtual Machine inside your normal Windows install. This requires some configuration.

I want to have something concrete to show potential employers after the bootcamp. What will I build throughout the program?

You will complete five data science projects throughout the bootcamp. At the beginning, you follow along with the instructors as they guide you, but as you learn more, your control over each project increases. You soon make your own choices when tackling data science problems, and with each project, you get concrete, shareable results like blog posts, graphs, and/or reports, and you will conclude with a story of what the problem was, how you approached it and solved it, and what the results look like. The final project is your passion project, during which you have full control from start to finish. Aside from giving you hands-on data science experience and confidence, these projects provide you with stories and outcomes as a great way to demonstrate your abilities to potential employers.

Part-time Professional Development Questions

How often do Metis part-time courses meet?

Our part-time courses typically run two nights per week over the course of 6 weeks, totaling 36 hours of instruction. You can see the full schedule here – we consistently add new courses, so be sure to check back routinely

How much do part-time courses at Metis cost?

In-person professional development courses are $2,350. Live Online professional development courses are $1,900.

Does Metis offer any part-time courses online?

Yes, we currently offer a rotating selection of our part-time professional development courses in a Live Online format, meaning once registered, you can login from anywhere to learn.

What are the benefits of taking a course in a Live Online format?

Ideal for the working professional, these courses are designed to provide laser focus on relevant data science topics and skills that will enhance your career. They typically take place over 36 hours spread across 12 weeknights (for example, 6:30-9:30pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks). The beauty of the Live Online format is that you’re taught by our industry-leading instructors live, but can attend class sessions from literally anywhere you have an internet connection. Unlike some other online course options out there, which might consist of pre-recorded lectures, our courses allow for interaction with the instructor, teaching assistants, and other students, and because these are on a set schedule, you’ll be held accountable to actually attend, do the work, and learn the material (which is what you’re really here for anyway!).

I took a Metis part-time course and now want to apply for the bootcamp. Does that give me a competitive edge?

It does not, simply because we evaluate each and every bootcamp applicant the same way in order to ensure fairness. However, if accepted to the bootcamp, you do have the advantage of applying the amount of one part-time course tuition toward the bootcamp tuition, so you essentially got your part-time course for free.

Do graduates of Metis part-time courses get certificates?

Yes, certificates are available upon request.

Can I use Metis part-time courses for school credit?

Yes, each part-time course earns you 3.3 Continuing Education Credits.

Chicago Questions

Where do classes take place?

1033 West Van Buren, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL, 60607 in Chicago’s West Loop district

I’m driving in. Where can I park?

There are some free parking spaces behind the building. There are a number of nearby pay lots as well as you can pay to park on Van Buren St.

If I want to study before or after class hours, can I do so?

As a student of the bootcamp, you will be given a key card which will provide you 24/7 access to the campus. You are more than welcome to study in the space outside of regular business hours,but you’ll need your access card for access.

New York City Questions

Where do classes take place?

27 East 28th Street, 3rd Floor (WeWork Nomad) in New York’s Flatiron district

If I want to study before or after class hours, can I do so?

As a student of the bootcamp, you will be given a key card that will provide you 24 hour access to the campus Monday - Friday. On the weekend, you will have limited access to the building.

What is around the campus as far as restaurants and things to do?

The Flatiron district in Manhattan is bustling – filled with many eateries, bars, comedy clubs, theaters, parks, and central to a number of subway lines that provide access to the nearly endless things to do in New York City (including tons of data and tech Meetups and events!).

San Francisco Questions

Where do classes take place?

633 Folsom Street, 6th Floor in San Francisco's SoMa district

I’m driving in, where can I park?

There is not any designated parking for our building, however, there is metered street parking and various parking lots and garages nearby. Here is some information about a couple of those lots:

  • Moscone Center Garage
    Parking Garage
    0.1 mi 255 3rd Street
    415-777-2782
  • Museum Parc - Lot #330
    Parking Garage
    0.1 mi 300 3rd Street
    415-284-9553

If parking on the street, make sure to read the street signs for street cleaning and parking rules. After 6:00 PM PT, most of the parking surrounding our building is free.

For BART, we are less than a 10-minute walk from the Montgomery St. Station on Market Street.

For Caltrain, we are about a 15-minute walk from the San Francisco Station on 4th and King Street.

Seattle Questions

Where do classes take place?

83 South King Street, Suite 250, Seattle, WA, 98104 in Seattle’s Pioneer Square district. Use the elevators to go to the 2nd floor and the office is located directly across from the elevators.

What is around the campus as far as restaurants and things to do?

Pioneer Square is a vibrant part of Seattle with lots of different places to eat, things to do, and bars to check out – additionally, we’re located within walking distance of Seattle’s professional sports venues, Quest and Safeco Fields.

I’m driving in, where can I park?

There are numerous parking garages around our office. They do charge, so please be prepared to pay for parking. There is also street parking available by the office, which is free after 6PM. If you take public transportation, it is very easy to get to our campus from many parts of Seattle and the surrounding areas.

If I want to study before or after class hours, can I do so?

As a student of the bootcamp, you will be given a key card that will provide you 24/7 access to the campus. You are more than welcome to study in the space outside of regular business hours, but you’ll need your card for access.

Events Questions

How do I attend a Metis event?

Join our city-specific Meetup groups to stay up-to-date on upcoming events near you.

As a student, do I need to RSVP for Metis events?

This is desired but not required. As a student, we certainly encourage you to take advantage of any and all events we host at Metis – we consider them as great learning and networking opportunities. RSVPing gives us a more accurate idea of how many people to plan for, so if you remember to do so, that is preferred.

How do I participate in a Metis event as a speaker and/or how does my group collaborate with Metis on an event idea?

We host data science events for aspiring and practicing data scientists and are happy to partner with existing Meetups who would like to collaborate on events in our space.