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What’s Working (and Missing) from Analytics Graduate Degrees?


A young colleague of mine is about a third of the way through an M.S. in Analytics program from a prestigious university. Though there are the inevitable startup frustrations, she likes her studies a lot, noting she’s learning a ton about predictive modeling, data mining and new-to-her software like SPSS, SAS and R.

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Comments (3)
Really good article. Analytic degrees in college will continue to evolve as this subject becomes mature. The core of the curriculum is the math base stats BUT you need to add a business discipline to create that business alignment and trust that you are about address that unique business question. So which way do you go...ALL Information Technology or ALL business to address business questions. Fundamentally you need to understand both disciplines. To know what problem your solving which starts with a business question, so you need a business cross disciple to build trust that you understand the question your solving. However you need some level of IT skills to do a deep dive in the fragmented and filtered data to make sure you have a good quality data set to test your model, so you need digital platform set of skills such as data management skills (ETL, MDM, DMart), your STAT modeling skills, and Visualize tools skills to make sure your can rationalize your answer to the Question, then iterate. You can't lose either way right now because getting a degree from any program will get you in the workforce. From their you can expand your skills. They are predicting over 1M plus new jobs in data analytics and data science over the next several years. Have fun solve cool problems.
Posted by Antonio C | Friday, February 08 2013 at 12:07PM ET
I have just found out about an MSc in Data Science at University of Dundee ( The course can be taken as a 1-yr full-time or 2-yrs part-time track.
Posted by Ruchir C | Monday, February 11 2013 at 12:06PM ET
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