Master of Science in Informatics and Analytics
This multidisciplinary program focuses on the most advanced practices, including guiding those working with extensive amounts of data to find innovative and new types of emerging information and content. While the advent of information technology brings tremendous opportunities for industry, it also brings with it increasing complexities of the digital economy and challenges to enterprises and to individual executives and managers. Today, the data scientist, who deals with big data to find insights into new and emerging types of data and content, is the sought-after professional.
The Master of Science in Informatics and Analytics (MSIA) degree program is designed to equip individuals with best-practice knowledge and current methodologies to make their businesses more agile as they acquire skills to aggregate and analyze disparate types of data and to recognize patterns and trends within that data. Students collaborate within the classroom environment to research and present data driven solutions to real-world problems. The curriculum encompasses foundational aspects of informatics and analytics, including:
- Information structures
- Statistical analysis and decision modeling
- Research methods in informatics
- Big data management and analytics
- Data mining and predictive analytics
- Information ethics, law and policy
Completion of the program requires 36 graduate credits (12 courses). To provide a common background in informatics and analytics, ten core courses are required of all students. In addition to the core courses, students will choose a concentration within the program by taking two courses in an emphasis area. The degree culminates with a comprehensive real life industry-type practicum, comprising 6 of the 36 credits, oriented toward the student’s domain of interest.
- The ideal student has a strong background in statistics or business analysis and is passionate about data driven solutions
- Faculty members are leaders in their fields and bring a wealth of real-world experience to the classroom
- Night and weekend classes, with 36-hour coursework including a six hour practicum project, are all delivered in as little as 18 months
- A rich, face-to-face experience, allowing students to learn from, support and network with faculty and peers