Arizona State Joins The Rolls Of Data Science Grad Programs

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A logistics company wanted to know how to re-route its trucks if it has three or four breakdowns in a single day. It already has ways to modify routes for one or two breakdowns, but three or four became a data analytics problem, said Michael Goul, chair of the Information Systems Department of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

The university, which with 74,000 students currently tops Ohio State in their perennial jockeying for the largest university in the country, is starting a data scientist program, a master of science in business analytics (MS-BA) program in the fall.


Other schools are following suit, though not always with a full-fledged master’s in analytics. SAS has partnered with colleges to create more than 40 certificate programs around the world. Some use a hybrid of statistics and data analysis offerings. Kennesaw State University offers a Master of Science in applied statistics, a minor in applied statistics and data analysis and a SAS certificate in statistical analysis. To date, 60 students have earned SAS certificates and of the 104 master’s program graduates, all who qualify to work in the US are employed.