St. John Fisher College Launches Applied Data Science Graduate Program

June 7, 2017

This fall, St. John Fisher College will offer a new Master of Science in Applied Data Science degree program. Housed in the School of Arts and Sciences, the program is designed to provide recent graduates or mid-career professionals seeking to enhance their statistics or quantitative backgrounds the opportunity to develop their data analytics and data science acumen. Applications are currently being accepted for the fall 2017 cohort.

“With the growth of Big Data, there has been an increased need for employees to develop the skills required to manage and analyze large data sets,” said Dr. Kevin Railey, the College’s provost. “Our program meets those needs and aims to turn working professionals and recent graduates into data scientists who can contribute greatly to their employer’s decision-making teams.”

Geared toward students with a background in the humanities, social sciences, business, education, or health care, the program is focused on providing a solid foundation in applied data science and sharpening participants’ quantitative and data analysis skills.

The 36 credit-hour program will be offered in evening and hybrid classes to accommodate a full-time work schedule. Courses will cover concepts including calculus, computer science, statistics, exploratory data analysis, databases, visualization and communication, and web analytics, among others. Candidates will also engage in a two-semester independent project, allowing them to apply their data science skills to an in-depth problem of their choosing or of relevance to their current work environment.

“As this is an applied program, it allows students to address relevant, real problems grounded in their own fields,” said Dr. Bernard Ricca, as associate professor in the Department of Mathematical and Computing Sciences and applied data science program director. “We’ve designed the curriculum to facilitate students’ ability to connect their classroom learning to their own work.”

In addition to Ricca, nine full- and part-time faculty members—Dr. B. Evan Blaine, Dr. Kathleen Donovan, Dr. Kris Green, Liz Leboffe, Dr. Guillermo Montes, Dr. David Pate, Dr. David Pinto, Dr. Michelle Ryan, and Dr. Ronen Shay—will contribute to the data science master’s program.

Learn more about the new program at an upcoming Graduate Breakfast Information Session from 8 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 15, in the Golisano Gateway Midlevel at St. John Fisher College.  Attendees can register online. With general program questions, visit the M.S. in Applied Data Science website or call the Office of Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8064.