Amassing huge quantities of data and applying statistical analysis can easily lead to meaningless, if not misleading, results. Powerful computers and sophisticated statistical algorithms can process data to find patterns and trends, but they cannot, by themselves, explain the data and predict in a way that makes sense. Data scientists, on the other hand, are able to extract insights from the data, construct a narrative, and provide solutions.
In Illinois Tech's Master of Data Science program you learn how to explore data using high-level mathematics, statistics, and computer science. You will learn how to analyze data, visualize your results, and articulate your discoveries. You will learn to think critically and communicate your insights. You will become a better decision-maker by knowing which questions to ask and by understanding the ethics of working with data.
Working professionals can complete the program part-time in two years through a fully online curriculum. Full-time students attending class on the main campus normally complete the program in sixteen months. Partial tuition scholarships are available for qualified students and alumni.
The Scientific Approach
In the program, you will approach data using scientific methods. You will learn to question underlying premises and reformulate issues, explore and improve the structure of available data, create and evaluate models, construct and test hypotheses, draw conclusions, and determine if the results make sense in the real world. You will leave the program with the ability to think about the real problems that need to be solved, not to simply find technical solutions. As a student, you will learn the theory behind the tools, which in turn will make you a more versatile data scientist.
Theory and Practice
Illinois Tech is the Midwest's premier technology university, with a long history of graduating rigorously prepared scientists and engineers. You will be taught the fundamental theories and tools used in data science and then put them to practice on real-world data science projects. You will learn to effectively communicate findings to specialists and non-specialists alike.
The Chicago Advantage
Chicago is a global city whose business and industry rely on amassing data in finance, risk assessment, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, tourism, and sports activities. Moreover, the City government allows and encourages access to its wealth of municipal data. As a student in IIT’s Data Science program, you have the opportunity to be involved in the world of big data in one of the United States most vibrant cities.