In 2007, North Carolina State created an Institute for Advanced Analytics.
Stanford added a focus on analytics for its master’s program in computer science in 2008.
Academic institutions are energetically expanding the pipeline of business analytics talent to meet demand. To track the growth of these programs across in North America, Data Informed has created an interactive map to show the educational opportunities available for both employers seeking sources of skilled professionals and the people looking to enter and advance in the field. Points on the map link to more information about each program, where you can learn more about its origins. We plan to add to the map over time.
An interesting theme emerges when one talks to graduate school program administrators. Many of the new programs are cross-disciplinary, stressing communication and teamwork. But at a minimum, the programs recognize the crucial intersection of analytics with business and give workplace context to the technical skills they learn.
“Universities tend to produce people around disciplines, like statisticians or mathematicians, and the departments are built around entirely the technical skills,” said Michael Rappa, director of North Carolina State’s Institute for Advanced Analytics. “But employers really want more than that. Technical skill is really the minimally sufficient criterion for employment.”
Let us know what you think of the map and share your suggestions for additions. You can comment on this article or contact Data Informed Staff Writer Ian B. Murphy by email at Ian.Murphy@wispubs.com or 781-751-8706.
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