There will be a dearth of data-analysts to the tune of 140,000 to 190,000 positions as demand for data analysts will exceed the supply by up to 60 percent by 2018 according to McKinsey Global Institute.

To cull this skill shortage, the Northeastern University, a private non-profit research university based in Massachusetts, U.S., has announced the onset of a series of “inter­dis­ci­pli­nary data science programs aimed at training the next gen­er­a­tion of data managers and analysts”.

“Under­standing and effectively pre­senting large vol­umes of data is one of the greatest chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties faced by indus­tries today,” points out Bryan Lackaye, assis­tant dean of grad­uate pro­grams at North­eastern. “The university’s data sci­ence pro­grams were devel­oped to address these emerging and crit­ical needs.”

“We designed the cer­tifi­cate pro­gram to appeal to a wide variety of stu­dents across the country and even around the world,” explained machine learning expert Nick Beauchamp, an assis­tant pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence who assisted in designing the cur­riculum for the data sci­ence cer­tifi­cate. “We want North­eastern to become known as the place where you can learn a wide variety of skills for ana­lyzing Big Data systematically.”

Grad­uate cer­tifi­cates in data sci­ence and urban infor­matics and master’s degrees in urban infor­matics and busi­ness ana­lytics form part of the suite which will see expansion into grad­uate pro­grams in fields like game analytics in the near future.

Slated to begin in either the spring or fall of 2015, the program will see participation from faculties of Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence, the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, and the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness, and stu­dents with a bachelor’s degree may apply to the available courses. The courses will be available online or through a com­bi­na­tion of online and on-​​campus instruc­tion, depending on the program.

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