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New M.S. Degree Programs Meet Market Demand

November 03, 2016
To address the growing demand for high caliber data scientists and business analysts, Merrimack is launching online Master of Science in Data Science and Master of Science in Business Analytics degree programs through a unique interdisciplinary partnership between the School of Science and Engineering and the Girard School of Business. These online programs will provide an employer-aligned curriculum designed for busy working professionals.

“Merrimack College is committed to providing the highest quality education to all students,” said Allan T. Weatherwax, dean of the School of Science and Engineering. “For busy working adult professionals, our online data science and business analytics master’s programs offer a unique opportunity to learn in a flexible and convenient environment. Our graduates will be prepared to take on critical management positions and become leaders in the growing field of data science and business analytics.” 

The launch of the Master of Science in Data Science and Master of Science in Business Analytics programs coincide with a growing demand for leaders in these rapidly evolving fields. The McKinsey Global Institute notes that “demand for deep analytical talent in the United States could be 50 to 60 percent greater than its projected supply by 2018.” 

The result, the institute adds, may be a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills. 

Critical input from a broad range of industry experts and employers enables the data science and business analytics programs to be tightly aligned with industry needs. Leading industry experts and employers contributed to our program’s curriculum so students will develop the skills and knowledge most valuable to employers. Merrimack’s innovative online programs produce graduates who are poised to become leaders in the fields of data science and business analytics.

“There’s clearly a critical need for a high-quality program like this in the Boston area that can meet both employer demand and employer-determined competencies,” said Mark Cordano, dean of the Girard School of Business. “That’s exactly why this program was designed, with industry leaders, to ensure the curriculum is focused on mastering the advanced analytical and business decision-making skills that employers are looking for when making hiring and promotion decisions.”

The programs — which can typically be completed in 15 months — are highly personalized and blend real-time, faculty-led sessions with self-paced learning elements to ensure maximum flexibility. Eight courses are offered in eight-week formats with multiple enrollment points throughout the year. Along with faculty who are practitioners and have experience in the fields of data science and business analytics, students will have a dedicated success coach to guide them through the curriculum.

Course projects and assignments are based on authentic, real-world data issues that allow students to use cutting-edge tools and approaches while providing real-world business scenarios and data sets. The curriculum is infused with examples from their own professional experience to provide practical knowledge and problem-solving skills that can be utilized in their current organization while earning their degree.

Enrollment is now open for the first session, which begins in January. For more information, visit the program website at onlineDSA.merrimack.edu.


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