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UNCW to offer master's in data science next fall

UNCW will offer a master's degree in data science beginning in the fall of 2017. (Source: WECT) UNCW will offer a master's degree in data science beginning in the fall of 2017. (Source: WECT)
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UNCW will offer a master's degree in data science beginning in the fall of 2017. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved the new degree program during its meeting in Chapel Hill on Dec. 2.

“The new M.S. in Data Science is a valuable addition to the university’s degree offerings because it is a rapidly growing field with excellent employment prospects,” said Ron Vetter, associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School. “The program will prepare students for employment and will involve collaboration with other departments and the business community, in keeping with goals outlined in the 2016-21 strategic plan.”

UNCW's computer science and mathematics and statistics departments developed plans for the program using feedback from the business community.

“Almost every industry is interested in this because of the massive increase in the collection of digital data over the last 15 years,” said Mark Lammers, graduate coordinator and professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. “Students who successfully complete this program will be well-trained to compete for these highly sought-after positions in this fast-growing field.”

The 18-month program will cover a number of topics related to the science of data, statistical modeling and computer programming, as well as instruction in communicating analytical data effectively in a professional setting.

In addition to the math and computer science departments, the program will leverage the resources of graduate programs in other departments, including biology, the College of Health and Human Services and the Cameron School of Business. CSB is currently developing both undergraduate and graduate programs in business analytics, as well.

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