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St. John's to Offer New Master of Science in Data Mining and Predictive Analytics

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

St. John’s University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) will offer a new master’s degree program in Data Mining and Predictive Analytics in its Graduate Division for the first time this fall. 

Created by Ronald Fechter, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of the Division of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science at St. John’s University and Christina Schweikert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, the master’s degree will include the following course curriculum:

  • The study of data mining, predictive analytics, and business intelligence.
  • The application of powerful statistical and data mining techniques to large data sets in order to generate useful information, identify patterns and trends, and build models to predict future events.
  • The application of these techniques in a variety of fields, such as business, government, healthcare, and academia.

The first cohort will begin in the fall of 2014 with two sub-specialties in the Peter J. Tobin College of Business (Marketing Analytics) and the College of Professional Studies (Healthcare Analytics). 
IBM is supporting St. John’s University by providing SPSS Statistical Software for use in the master’s degree initiative.

The program requirements for students to earn an M.S. in Data Mining and Predictive Analytics include 30 credit hours within a period of no more than five years. Students will also be expected to maintain a B average (3.0 GPA) or better and must choose an area of specialization in either Marketing Analytics or Healthcare Analytics (six credits). The final requirement is a Capstone project in either Applied Analytics or Software Implementation.

Career opportunities abound in this field as the current era of “Big Data” exists in many sectors such as healthcare, retail, and government. Job positions in these various fields can include: statisticians, operations research analysts, as well as management analysts. The response to the demand for professionals in this area is projected to grow rapidly in the coming years.

The College of Professional Studies has dedicated resources to bringing in noted experts that have the expertise to teach this unique master’s level degree program. Along with Fechter and Schweikert, CPS has brought in Ying Liu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, and Bonnie MacKellar, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Computer Science, Mathematics and Sciences, to help broaden the scope of the degree program.

Applications are still being accepted for the program, which begins this fall. 

For more information visit St. John’s University’s College of Professional Studies website or contact Robert Medrano, Director, Office of Graduate Admission by calling 718-990-1601.