The Chicago-based DePaul University will offer what it says is the nation’s first master’s degree in predictive analysis, the school announced on Wednesday in conjunction with IBM, which will provide resources for the program.
“We realized there was a need to create a program that prepared students in careers in data analytics and business intelligence,” said Raffaella Settimi, an associate professor at DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media, who helped craft the program.
“A lot of the professionals who work in these fields have a variety of backgrounds, but there really isn’t a program dedicated to data analytics,” Settimi said.
The program aims to teach students the technical skills to do computer-based data mining, including advanced data analysis and the ability to handle large data sets. The degree will require students to take marketing courses as well, which should help them better match their data analysis to the needs of end users.