Data Scientists analyze high volumes of data, question assumptions, discover patterns in the data, develop insights, construct narratives, and provide solutions that make sense.
In Illinois Tech's Master of Data Science program, you learn to explore data using high-level mathematics, statistics, and computer science. In particular, you learn how to analyze data, visualize your results, and articulate your discoveries. 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.
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 then learn to communicate these results to specialists and non-specialists alike.
The program is offered to full-time students on the Mies Campus, just minutes south of the Chicago Loop, a global finance center, whose businesses rely on amassing data in finance, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, consumer services, tourism, professional sports, and cultural activities. In this international city on the shores of Lake Michigan, data science students have the opportunity to engage in Chicago’s thriving tech community. Moreover, the City government allows and encourages access to its publically available wealth of municipal data.
For those of you who are working part-time, you have the option of taking your classes online.