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Drexel iSchool introduces new graduate data science programs


With the continued growth of big data, today’s economy demands a new class of data-oriented professionals with expertise in managing massive datasets. Data scientist has been named one of today’s fastest growing careers across many industries; by 2020, the number of jobs for all US data professionals will increase by 364,000 openings to 2,720,000, per IBM.

In fall 2018, Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) will offer a comprehensive suite of graduate and professional development programs in data science: Master of Science (MS) in Data Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Applied Data Science and Computational Data Science, and graduate minors in Applied Data Science and Computational Data Science.

Data scientists are key to making sense of the data generated in today’s world. Data scientists possess the skills and knowledge to oversee the entire data science lifecycle, including the collection, preparation, analysis, visualization and management of big data within a complex system. Data science is a fundamentally interdisciplinary field that impacts every major industry, including healthcare, finance and manufacturing.

“The introduction of these exciting new offerings in data science has further established our position at the leading edge of information and technology,” said Yi Deng, PhD, Isaac L. Auerbach Professor and CCI Dean. “As part of an elite class of US colleges that house both computer science and information science under one roof, CCI will provide an exceptional education in this fast-paced, multidisciplinary field to both information professionals and career-changers alike.”

The MS in Data Science curriculum includes coursework on data organization and stewardship, mining, retrieval, visualization and analytics. The program uniquely combines foundational knowledge, applied training, and computational problem-solving to provide students with a core knowledge in computation, applications, and data science management and communication. Graduates of the program will gain skills that can be applied immediately in the workplace, or used as a launching point for more in-depth and expansive knowledge in the field.

Offered both online and on-campus, the MS program’s coursework is concentrated in three areas: Analytics, Mining and Algorithms; Visualization and Communication; and Management and Accountability. Students choose electives from among these areas to enrich the requirements of computation, and gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art tools and systems while working with real datasets. “Data analytics is at the heart of today’s technology-driven world,” said MS in Data Science Program Director Christopher Yang, PhD. “With an experiential learning approach, Drexel’s MS in Data Science program encourages students to work across disciplines to create much needed value out of data for a multitude of organizations and industries.”

Click here to learn more about these new educational opportunities at the Drexel iSchool.