Wayne State approves new master’s degree to help navigate STEM, Big Data
The Wayne State University Board of Governors has approved a new master’s degree program that will develop individuals with the skills and expertise to navigate the fast-growing STEM field to make sound business decisions. The Master of Science in Data Science and Business Analytics program (MSDSBA) is offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the Mike Ilitch School of Business. Admissions has begun in anticipation of the program’s fall 2017 launch. “While a lot of programs have been created in recent years, most of them tend to focus on just technology or analytics or the business case,” said Ratna Babu Chinnam, one of the directors of the Big Data Group at Wayne State. The novel and interdisciplinary MSDSBA program is designed to give graduates a balanced core of computing, business, statistics and operations research skills to identify, analyze and solve analytics problems. The program offers specialized training in order for students to integrate those skills in an interdisciplinary fashion, preparing graduates to succeed in various business, industry and government careers. “There is a critical shortage of good talent in the Midwest, and the program hopes to produce a stream of high-quality graduates in the years to come,” said Chinnam.