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Loyola to offer data science master’s program fully online

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Loyola University Maryland will permanently offer its Master of Science in Data Science program in a fully online format starting this fall.

“The program moved online more than a year ago in response to the pandemic, and its success online reinforced a permanent move,” said Christopher Morrell, Ph.D., director of the data science master’s program and professor emeritus of mathematics and statistics. “With technology generating mass quantities of data, qualified data science experts are in high demand. Offering the data science master’s program fully online has opened the door for more people to acquire the skillset needed for this career path and benefit from a great Loyola education.”

The program offers two specializations that may be completed in 31 or 34 credits. Students complete core courses in statistics, business, and computer science. Students may also take three courses and earn a micro-credential in business analytics or data science. ranked Loyola’s data science program among the “Top 50 Master’s in Data Science Degree Programs for 2021.” Loyola, which ranked No. 48 on the list, also received recognition for having the “Best Micro-Credential Program” in the ranking.

Launched in 2017 in a hybrid format, the Master of Science in Data Science had been planned to transition to fully online instruction beginning with the fall 2021 semester, however due to the covid-19 pandemic the program was forced to accelerate the planned move to online earlier than scheduled. The move will now become permanent as originally planned.

Data scientists extract insights from data and identify data-driven opportunities for businesses. ranks data scientist jobs at No. 2 on its list of “50 Best Jobs in America 2021” and consistently lists data scientist jobs at the top for work-life balance. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of mathematical science occupations will grow 27.9% from 2016 to 2026, significantly more than the average for most occupations.