The Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences is proud to offer a new graduate certificate in data science, starting in fall 2018. The program is designed to connect data ethics, data analytics and data science skills with a variety of fields, and will be offered online. Students completing the certificate will be able to design and implement advanced strategies for analyzing big data, and create and present actionable information.
The data science certificate was created to fill the need for computer science skills for a variety of professions in the job market. According to a report by Burning Glass Technologies and Oracle Academy, “As computer science skills become an increasingly common requirement across the job market, new hybrid roles are created where candidates are expected to have a combination of programming skills; data analysis skills; and domain-specific skills such as marketing, finance, or business strategy.” Additionally, it notes that employers are not necessarily looking only at job seekers with computer science degrees and, that “students in a broad range of education programs can enhance their job market value by including computer science in their education pathways.”
Uniquely, this certificate program has been developed to look at data science through the lens of the ethical and social issues surrounding them. It advances students to use data to discover and quantify new knowledge in an ethically and socially responsible manner. Burtch Works, a recruiter of professionals with quantitative skills, reported that “whether it is curing cancer, conserving energy, tracking infectious diseases, or personalizing education, more data scientists are becoming interested in trying to make the world a better place.”
With more than five programs in the Graduate School and additional learning opportunities available, Marquette University is at the forefront of providing programs and learning around data science and analytics, and data ethics. Previously hosting an Ethics of Big Data symposium, Marquette challenges businesses and academia to have multidisciplinary conversation around data through areas such as computer science, information technology, business studies, health sciences, law and philosophy.
Regardless of the data source, signs point to data-related fields continuing to be in high-demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected job growth, by 2024, for the following variety of occupations related to data science: computer and information systems managers — 12 percent; computer and information research scientists — 19 percent; computer systems analysts — 9 percent; database administrators — 11 percent; and statisticians – 33 percent.
More information, including application requirements and deadlines, can be found online.
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