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SJU Launches New M.S. Program in Data Mining and Predictive Analytics

Thursday, July 10, 2014

To prepare students for rapidly expanding career opportunities generated by the rise of “big data,” St. John’s University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) has launched a new M.S. degree program in Data Mining and Predictive Analytics.

“I’m proud that our faculty in the Division of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Science have worked collaboratively to develop and design a new, state-of-the-art program that addresses emerging market needs,” said Kathleen Vouté MacDonald, Ed.D., dean, College of Professional Studies.

The program recognizes the changes that “big data” has brought to virtually every industry, MacDonald explained. “It’s clear from everything we see and hear today that the demand for professionals knowledgeable in the field of predictive analytics will not only grow rapidly in coming years, but will continue to have an immediate and direct impact on our lives.”

Ronald Fechter, Ph.D., associate professor, Division of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Science, and Christina Schweikert, Ph.D., assistant professor, partnered to develop the program. According to Fechter, it addresses three major areas of this expanding field:

  • 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

Career opportunities abound in the field, reflecting “Big Data’s” impact on many sectors of the economy, including healthcare, retail, and government agencies. Graduates of the program will be well prepared for positions as statisticians, operations research analysts, and management analysts, among others. The response to the demand for professionals in this area is projected to grow rapidly in coming years.

The program’s first cohort begins this fall with students selecting a sub-specialty in Marketing Analytics or Healthcare Analytics. Several courses for the Marketing track are offered by The Peter J. Tobin College of Business. IBM is providing SPSS Statistical Software for use in the new graduate initiative.

Applications are still being accepted for the program. Learn more about the program online or contact Robert Medrano, director, Office of Graduate Admission, by calling 718-990-1601.