Galvanize vs Metis: Prices, topics, and details

Hi, I’m Olga! I have years of experience in data science, most recently at eBay. Now I work as an industry mentor at Pathrise, helping data scientists land great jobs through technical workshops and 1-on-1s. Check out my article where I compare Galvanize vs Metis.

Similarities and differences between Galvanize and Metis

Galvanize and Metis both offer courses in data science, data analytics, and machine learning. However, Galvanize also covers software topics.

Similarities

  • Both programs usually require applicants to have some experience with programming and math fundamentals.
  • They both offer bootcamps, shorter prep courses, and live events.
  • Grads get formal certificates that they can add to their resumes and Linkedin profiles.
  • Both programs feature a hands-on curriculum with case studies and projects that students can add to their professional portfolios.
  • Finally, both programs feature at least 1 week of interview preparation and job-search training.

Differences

  • Metis is completely remote. While Galvanize also has online options, students can learn in-person at their campuses in 10 major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Austin, and San Francisco.
  • Galvanize teaches both software engineering and data science. Metis focuses entirely on data science.
  • Metis’ bootcamps are full-time and immersive. Galvanize students can take bootcamps full-time or part-time. 
  • Galvanize only offers 1 week of interview preparation. Metis features more extensive career services with 1-on-1 coaching, mock interviews, job search workshops, and a full library of tutorials on optimizing application materials like resumes and Linkedin profiles. Their students continue to get support after graduation.
  • Galvanize students can defer tuition payments through an income share agreement (ISA) so they only pay after they land a job. However, a $2k deposit is still required upfront.

Topics offered by Galvanize and Metis

Both Galvanize and Metis offer courses that cover the following topics and more:

  • Data science
  • Machine learning
  • Data analytics
  • Data engineering

However, Galvanize also teaches courses on the following tech topics:

  • Software engineering
  • Advanced web development
  • Full stack JavaScript

While Galvanize may teach a slightly wider range of tech topics, Metis takes a deeper dive into specific data science topics like linear regression, web scraping, machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), deep learning, and even business fundamentals for data scientists.

Prices for Galvanize and Metis

Tuition for any Galvanize bootcamp is $17,980. While bootcamps range from 12 to 36 weeks with part-time, full-time, remote, and in-person options available, the price is the same. Galvanize offers an income share agreement (ISA) so students can pay with 10% of their income for 48 months after landing a job that pays at least $50k per year. However, a $2,000 deposit is still required upfront. Students can apply for full-tuition scholarships, which require an essay and a short video recording. Financing is also available through Skills Fund and Climb Credit loans, though rates may depend on the student’s credit score.

The Galvanize self-paced prep courses are free. While their premium prep courses cost $495, students can apply the cost to their full bootcamp tuition, making it essentially free. 

Tuition for the Metis 10-week data science course and the 10-week data science & engineering course is $14,500. The 6-week data analytics bootcamp costs $9,000. However, tuition for their 14-week data science & machine learning course is $18,500. All bootcamp courses are intense and full-time. They include live instruction over Zoom, pair programming, and independent project work. Their short prep courses only cost about $750. 

Students can pay tuition upfront, in 3 monthly installments, or with loans from Skills Fund or Climb Credit. Students from underrepresented groups, members of the LGBTQ community, military veterans, and military personnel receive a $2,000 scholarship toward the data analytics bootcamp tuition and $3,000 towards the data Science & engineering bootcamp, the data science bootcamp, and the data science & machine learning bootcamp. 

Ratings and reviews of Galvanize and Metis

Galvanize has received somewhat positive reviews. They hold a 4.47/5 star rating on CourseReport, where many grads praised the hands-on curriculum and pacing. One grad loved that “labs were actual business case studies” and that all the math concepts students learned were “applied to a real world problem.” However, the grad warned that their career services have “very limited availability” and that getting a job could be “tough” for grads. Another top review was critical of the staff and support, warning that “If you fall behind, you’re on your own.” Similarly, another grad was disappointed that students only got 1 week of job support, frustrated that “the core product of the program (getting someone a job) was never well developed”.

Reviews for Metis are mostly positive. They hold a 4.92/5 star rating on Switchup, where they are listed among the top 10 best data science bootcamps of 2021. Grads raved about the “outstanding team of educators” who offered support throughout the live online program. Although students described the curriculum as “rigorous and challenging”, she also loved that it was hands-on with an “intense cycle of 5 projects” that could be added to their portfolios. 

Their bootcamps are also rated 4.87/5 stars on Course Report, where a recent grad praised the “top notch instructors” who provided an “amazing level of support.” Another student described the curriculum as “rigorous and well-structured”, valuing the hands-on assignments and projects throughout the program. Their post-graduation job support was also a hit, with a user on Reddit impressed that “graduates go to some well known” tech companies. On the whole, most Metis grads were extremely impressed with the hands-on learning, supportive instructors, and the practical curriculum.

Alternatives to Galvanize and Metis

If you decide not to enroll in Galvanize or Metis, you might consider one of the alternatives listed below instead: 

  • The popular bootcamp General Assembly has full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on data science, software engineering, and other tech subjects. Their program features 1-on-1 mentoring, hands-on data projects, 19,000+ hiring partners, and a 91.4% job placement rate. Learn more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Another well-known tech bootcamp, Thinkful teaches online courses in data science, software engineering, and other tech topics. Their program features a hands-on curriculum, 1-on-1 mentoring, and an income share agreement (ISA).
  • Similarly, Springboard has tracks in data science, data analytics, and software engineering. Students in their career tracks meet 1-on-1 with mentors and build 14+ portfolio projects. If grads don’t land a job in 6 months, they get a full refund. Learn more about Springboard in our review.
  • Another popular bootcamp with in-person options, BrainStation has tracks in data science, data analytics, and other tech topics.
  • Flatiron School offers both online and in-person bootcamps on data science and software engineering. Their program features hands-on project learning, lots of student collaboration, career coaching, and a 93% job placement rate.
  • Aspiring data scientists can also check out Divergence Academy, which offers both full-time and part-time courses in data science subjects and cybersecurity. Their students finish hands-on assignments, build projects, participate in mock interviews, and work 1-on-1 with a mentor. 
  • Students seeking a self-paced program with 1-on-1 mentoring can look into Udacity. Students in their data science nanodegrees build polished portfolio projects, work closely with 2 mentors and graduate with a formal certificate they can add to their Linkedin profiles. Some of their tech courses come from top companies like IBM and Google. Read more about Udacity in our review.
More alternatives
  • Another online tech bootcamp with short courses and small class sizes is Noble Desktop. Their platform has tracks in data science, data analytics, software engineering, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and more tech topics.
  • Similarly, GW Bootcamps has courses in web dev, data science, UX/UI design, and marketing.
  • The Menon Labs fellowship helps people learn the skills to get a job in web dev, data, and product management.
  • Aspiring data scientists can also check out Data Science Dream Job. Their practical self-paced program includes portfolio building, 1-on-1 mentoring, and career assistance. 
  • The data science resource DataCamp hosts over 300 courses on data science subjects. Similar to the short prep courses offered by Metis & Galvanize, DataCamp courses only last about 4 hours.
  • Kaggle hosts 19,000 public datasets and 200,000 public notebooks for aspiring data scientists who want to sharpen their data skills and build their portfolios.
  • Another data science resource, Dataquest offers self-paced online career track bootcamps and dozens of shorter courses on specific data science topics.
  • Similarly, 365 Data Science is a low-cost and low commitment option to learn data fundamentals. In the same vein, FourthBrain has part-time, online machine learning courses.
  • People on a tight budget can also consider Codecademy, one of the most popular free learning platforms online. They host full self-paced courses on data science and dozens of programming languages. Learn more about Codecademy in our review.
  • Similarly, the online learning platforms Pluralsight and Simplilearn also have hundreds of self-paced tech courses.
  • People seeking university courses can look into edX. They host thousands of university courses on data science from top schools like Harvard and MIT, and top tech companies like Microsoft. They cover dozens of tech topics, including data science, data analytics, software engineering, and machine learning. Learn more about edX in our review.

How do Galvanize and Metis compare to Pathrise?

Galvanize and Metis both offer courses that help students launch a career in data science, though Galvanize also teaches software engineering topics. Both programs require students to have at least some math and programming skills before enrolling. Similarly, Pathrise fellows should have some background in their chosen field to fully benefit from our technical curriculum. We have tracks in both data science and software engineering, as well as other tech fields like product design, digital marketing, sales, and product, strategy & ops.

Pathrise is a full service career accelerator that helps with all phases of the job search. Our experienced mentors have already helped 800+ people land great tech jobs by working with them on resume writing, portfolio building, cold emailing & reverse recruiting strategies, behavioral interview preparation, salary negotiation, and more. In addition to as-needed mentoring sessions, our flexible 2-4 hour group sessions prepare fellows to ace technical interviews. 

Metis requires payment upfront or in monthly installments. Galvanize students can pay with an income share agreement (ISA) after they land a job, but they owe 10% of their income for 48 months and still have to pay a $2,000 deposit upfront. Pathrise’s ISA is just 5-9%. We never require upfront payments or deposits. 

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. Fellows in our program have seen their interview scores double and their application responses triple. If you are interested in working with any of our mentors to optimize your job search, become a Pathrise fellow. 

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