University of Detroit Mercy’s new Data Analytics graduate degree prepares students for growing market in Big Data analytics

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October 30, 2019
University of Detroit Mercy
Gary J. Erwin
Associate Vice President
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University of Detroit Mercy’s new Data Analytics graduate degree
prepares students for growing market in Big Data analytics  
DETROITUniversity of Detroit Mercy announces it is accepting applications for the new Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics.   
This new program is built on an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary foundation that draws on courses from several Detroit Mercy departments, schools and colleges, including Computer & Information Systems, Computer Science, Economics, Architecture, Business Administration, Mathematics and Health Professions. In addition, the program is available online, on campus or as a combination of online and traditional on-campus study.
“The new Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics launches Detroit Mercy into a new and growing market that will distinguish the University as one of the first among Jesuit institutions in the country to offer such a program,” said Victoria Mantzopoulos, associate dean for Detroit Mercy’s College of Liberal Arts & Education.  "Detroit Mercy created this program because the demand for these skills far exceeds the supply. Students in this program will find the University's trademark focus on hands-on, skills-based course work for which the University is known makes them ready to meet the needs of employers."
This new program responds to a local, state and national need for Big Data experts in most industry sectors. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information research scientists, including data analysts, is projected to grow 16 percent thorough 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Additionally, professionals are able to earn high career incomes in this field. Median pay in 2018 was $118,370.
The curriculum consists of 10 courses, eight of which are required, including a hands-on capstone project, and two electives to provide a foundation in data science and data analytics. Topics include data mining, data warehouses, data modeling, data visualization, research design, scientific reasoning, ethics, programming with Python and R, and statistical software.

A GRE is not required. The cost is $851 per credit hour for U.S. students at its McNichols Campus in Detroit, Mich., and for U.S. and international online students.
Interested individuals must submit applications by Dec. 13, 2019, to receive consideration for winter 2020 semester which begins on Jan. 6, 2020. For more information or to apply, visit, contact Victoria Mantzopoulos at 313-993-3254 or via email at
About University of Detroit Mercy
University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest and most comprehensive Catholic university, sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Today's University boasts the heritage of two founding institutions: the University of Detroit, founded in 1877 by the Jesuits, and Mercy College of Detroit, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1941.  The two consolidated as University of Detroit Mercy in 1990. Detroit Mercy offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional academic degrees and programs through seven schools and colleges. Detroit Mercy educates the whole person, focusing on the value of excellent academics, service to the community and a deeper spirituality to prepare graduates to live lives of purpose and conscience. For more information, please visit
Gary J. Erwin, Associate Vice President
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