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Master’s Program in Data Analytics to Begin Fall 2017

May 31, 2017

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As businesses and companies around the world continue to grapple with making sound decisions regarding growing volumes of data, Texas Lutheran University will begin offering a Master of Science in Data Analytics in Fall 2017 to prepare students for new careers in managing and analyzing data. Currently, there are 18 students signed up to start the program this fall.

This growing volume of information, often referred to as Big Data, consists of large pools of data that can be brought together and analyzed to discern patterns and make better decisions. According to a recent Ernst & Young survey, 80 percent of senior executives believe data should be at the center of decision-making.

With specializations in business analytics or technology and computation, the Master of Science in Data Analytics is designed to enhance the skill set of students from a variety of different undergraduate majors to understand the collection, organization, and analysis of large data sets. While the two specializations share a common core, the business analytics degree is more applied with hands-on projects and a practicum, whereas the technology and computational specialization is designed to give students specific mathematical, programming, and information systems skills to support data-driven decisions.

“This program provides opportunities for students and for businesses to develop the right skills for successful data analytics,” Business Administration and Economics Department Chair Professor Melanie Thompson said. “The amount of data in our world is exploding and businesses of all sizes are seeking ways to utilize it. For example, management seeks to use data for solving problems and marketing research seeks to better identify opportunities. Not surprisingly, this creates a need for people with the right skills and our program is focused on solving that need.”

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