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General Questions

What is Metis?

Metis accelerates data science and analytics learning for individuals, companies, and institutions through online education, corporate training and bootcamps. Courses are taught through university partnerships by industry-seasoned data analytics instructors, integrating project-based learning with real datasets.

Where does Metis run its classes?

Metis runs its bootcamps and short immersive courses via online flex delivery through strategic university partnerships. Corporate Training courses are offered both live online and in person.

What is the Online Flex format?

Our Online Flex format is catered to those looking for more flexibility in their learning experience. On-demand lectures let you work on your own schedule, while clear deadlines and project deliverables help keep you accountable. You’ll also get to interact with our industry-leading instructors via live 1:1 office hours and have access to teaching assistants and other students online. 

Why focus on Data Science and Analytics?

Our research shows an ever-growing demand for qualified individuals in the field of data science and analytics. This is largely driven by the exponential growth of available data (the amount of data generated each day is expected to reach 463 exabytes globally, by 2025, according to the World Economic Forum) 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, and the third best as of 2020, according to Glassdoor.

External data continues to validate the demand for the types of programs Metis offers. For example:

  • The Bureau of Labor and Statistics has "Data scientists and mathematical science occupations, all other" as one of the fastest growing occupations -- a 30% growth in employment from 2019 to 2029. 
  • The median base salary for a data scientist is $110,000 (Glassdoor)
What is the difference between a Data Scientist, Data Analyst, and Engineer?

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. Learn more about our existing bootcamp offerings to see which bootcamp is the right fit for you based on your goals.

A Data Analyst is someone who creates and communicates insights from data to measure outcomes, make predictions, and guide business decisions. Data Analysts are expected to be subject matter experts on the different business problems and be able to translate these challenges to the technical team. 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. They develop 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 are 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 bootcamps stand apart from other programs?

We believe we are different in several key ways:

Instructional Quality: Our Instructors are the individuals responsible for teaching our intensive bootcamps, among other year-round tasks such as making sure our curriculum is up to date, learning about the new trends in the field, publishing thought leadership content through conferences, webinars, blogs, podcasts, and more. 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 and they push the student experience to the next level.

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

Curriculum: Our data science and analytics curricula feature iterative, project-centered approaches to developing experience and expertise with data. Our Instructor led lectures are recorded and students will have access to the recordings for 6 months after graduation. Students can utilize our curriculum and course recordings to feel confident in their knowledge as they enter the job search. On each project, students learn to identify business problems, extract, clean, analyze and interpret data, and communicate the results in a presentation. We focus on the full lifecycle of being a data professional, in addition to teaching theory and technologies.

Career Support: Our career services team offers valuable tools and coaching 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 and more. Our team provides personalized, ongoing support to each student during and after the bootcamp.

Flexibility: Our Online Flex format allows you to work on your own time. You'll benefit from our project-oriented, career-driven approach, while joining a 2,000+ strong alumni network. Join Metis and take the next step toward launching your career in data science & analytics.

What does Metis Career Support include?

Having welcomed students to our bootcamps since 2014, our graduates work in cities and states all over the U.S., as well as across the globe. Our Career Advisors are committed to: 

  • Work insanely hard to coach you through a pivotal career transition, which includes one-on-one meetings with career advisors, workshops focused on getting you job ready, and bridge connections to our alumni network.
  • Expose graduates to our hiring network who are looking to hire data science professionals.
  • Provide post-session support and professional development through our Career Support Team.
Can you describe the online flex bootcamp experience?

The online flex bootcamps offer a combination of asynchronous learning and live online interaction. Students will watch on-demand lectures and complete online exercises and assessments, while engaging with their instructors, teaching assistants, and classmates via Slack and during Zoom office hours. 

What is the time commitment for the bootcamp?

The Online Flex format typically requires 15-20 hours per week, with deadlines for assignments and projects to keep you on track.

What is the application process like?

Admission to the powered by Metis bootcamps is selective and comprises three phases.

  1. Prospective students must first submit an online application, which is reviewed by an admissions committee. Applicants will be asked to provide information about their work and educational background, technical skills, and insights on their goals after the bootcamp. The online application should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete. The Admissions committee will review and determine if the applicant moves on to the interview.
  2. If advanced to the second round, prospective students will be invited to a 30-minute interview with a member of the Admissions team. This is a non-technical interview geared to learn more about you as an applicant, your goals, and to understand if our program is a right fit for you. 
  3. If advanced to the final round, prospective students will be invited to complete a technical challenge, consisting of questions in linear algebra, calculus, probability,, statistics, and python. The Admissions committee will review and make the final decision if the applicant is accepted or rejected into the bootcamp.

At each of the 3 stages, the admissions committee will review your application and determine your preparedness to succeed in our bootcamp. We assess applicants on (1) programming experience, (2) math experience, (3) communication skills, (4) personality traits of curiosity, grit, and passion, (5) motivation to join the bootcamp and (6) their potential overall fit within Metis. If the admissions committee agrees that the applicant has the potential to succeed in the program, the applicant is informed in writing of their acceptance within 2 business days of completing the technical challenge.

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

Some experience in both programming and math are necessary. A deeper background in either one is helpful but not critical for overall success at the bootcamps.

What hardware or software do I need for the bootcamp?

You will need your computer, high-speed internet, and a readiness to learn. Your computer needs to run OS X and have at least 8GB 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. Previous students have also recommended an external monitor as a nice to have - this way you can have your video lecture on one screen and your jupyter notebook on the other.

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

Depending on the bootcamp you are enrolled in, you will complete between three to seven projects to include in your digital portfolio. 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. 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. You can see examples of past student projects here.

What types of backgrounds do alumni have?

Our more than 1,200 alumni have diverse educational and professional backgrounds. From finance to analysis, and academia to marketing; We’re proud to feature their stories and highlight the many paths to becoming a data scientist. 

Why should I enroll in a bootcamp instead of a master’s program or self-study?

We know everybody learns differently. Aside from the differences in length and costs of a master's program, we've seen that most master's programs tend to be more theoretical, while Metis has a higher emphasis on the practical application of data science, getting you ready to re-enter the workforce with all the necessary skills. Similarly, self-study can be great for some, but many students seek Metis because of their desire for a structured learning environment.

Part-time Bootcamp Prep Course Questions

What types of part-time courses does Metis offer?

Metis offers two part-time courses:

Beginner Python & Math for Data Science: This 36-hour program is typically scheduled over 6 weeks is a beginner level live online course designed to provide  an introduction into the basic Python programming skills and mathematical essentials critical for succeeding at the Bootcamp application technical assessment.

Introduction to Data Science: This 36-hour program is typically scheduled over 6 weeks and provides a well-rounded introduction to the core concepts and technologies taught in the bootcamp, including basic machine learning principles and hands on coding experience.

To compare the course curriculum side-by-side, visit our bootcamp prep page.

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?

Our Live Online bootcamp prep courses, Beginner Python & Math for Data Science and Introduction to Data Science, are $750 each. Bootcamp program schedules are subject to change or cancelation. Speak to an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Who teaches Metis part-time courses?

Our instructors are all working in industry, and while some are actually former Metis bootcamp instructors themselves, all have extensive experience working in data science and analytics roles themselves. Read our instructors’ bios here.

Does Metis offer any part-time courses online?

Yes, we currently offer both of our part-time courses in a Live Online format. Students interact with their instructor and classmates in real time in a virtual Zoom classroom and connect with them outside the classroom in a dedicated Slack channel. Recordings of all classes are provided.

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

We evaluate each and every bootcamp applicant the same way in order to ensure fairness. 

Do graduates of Metis part-time courses get certificates?

Yes, a certificate of completion is available upon request.

Short Immersive Course Questions

What is a short immersive course and which courses are available?

Metis offers Short Immersive Courses designed for students looking to upskill in specific data science and analytics topics in just four weeks.

These courses are offered via Online Flex formats. All of the courses culminate with a project and offer a certificate of completion to those who pass the course assessment and project. To see the full list of courses, click here.

What is the time commitment for a short immersive course?

The Online Flex short immersive courses only require a 15-to-20 hour weekly commitment for four weeks. You will watch on-demand lectures and engage with instructors and teaching assistants live online during 1:1 sessions.

How often do short immersive courses run?

The Metis short immersive courses run once every 4 weeks. The enrollment period for the courses will close on the Friday before the class start date by 8 pm ET. This will help ensure you receive any information required to join the class successfully on day 1.

What are the payment options for a short immersive course?

Tuition for the short immersive courses is $2,500 for the Online Flex format.

Do graduates of a short immersive course receive career support?

No. We do not offer career support for students of these courses like we do for our bootcamp students.

However, students who successfully complete a short immersive course and enroll in the bootcamp will receive credit for the short immersive course they have completed.

Will I receive a certificate of completion for the Short Immersive course?

Yes. To receive a certificate of completion, students enrolled in a short immersive course must successfully pass the course assessments and project.

I took a short immersive course and now want to apply to a bootcamp. Will I need to retake the course?

As long as a student has successfully completed a short immersive course within one year of enrolling into a bootcamp, they will receive credit for that module associated with the bootcamp curriculum.

Events Questions

How do I attend an on-demand event hosted by Metis?

To learn more about our on-demand events and how to register, please visit our events page.