The Data Science Institute at Saint Peter’s University Expands with Establishment of Bachelor and Doctoral Programs

Jersey City, N.J. – August 23, 2022 – The Data Science Institute in the Frank J. Guarini School of Business at Saint Peter’s University announced it is now accepting applications for a new bachelor’s degree and doctoral degree, which will be offered beginning in the fall of 2022. Previously, the Institute solely offered master’s programs in data science, business analytics, marketing science and cyber security. These latest programs will significantly expand offerings for current and prospective students in the rapidly growing fields of analytics and data science.

“The Data Science Institute is comprised of the fastest growing collection of academic programs in the Frank J. Guarini School of Business and has tripled its enrollment since 2018,” said Frederick Bonato, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost at Saint Peter’s University. “We are proud to build on our success and to prepare more graduates to fill roles in one of the most sought after positions in the tech industry and beyond.”

The Bachelor of Science in Data Science includes 48 credit hours of major core courses. In the program students will learn about enterprise data analytics, apply analytic techniques and software to interact with data, evaluate methods of data and analytic modeling and apply analytics to support data-driven business decision-making. By the end of this program, with its strong focus on computer science and statistics and applied mathematics, students will graduate with the knowledge and competencies required to become data science and analytics professionals.

Students in the B.S. in data science program will also gain skills in programming, cloud computing, machine learning and business analytics, allowing them to pursue certification in Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and IBM Data Science Professional. The University will also offer an academic path that will enable students to earn a B.S. and M.S. in data science in five years through an accelerated program.

The Ph.D. in data science was designed to provide a post-graduate option for professionals and advanced students who wish to pursue or advance careers in research and leadership roles in the analytics and data science fields. The 70-credit program includes 54 credit hours of required courses and 16 credit hours of thesis research. By the end of this program, students will be able to employ qualitative methodology to design, collect and analyze information that will culminate in a scholarly dissertation. Graduates of the program will have a clear competitive advantage to work in the data analytics industry over professionals who are trained in a single discipline, such as business administration, statistics or computer science.

“Like our master’s programs, the bachelor’s and doctoral programs will employ a model of learning through practice,” said Gulhan Bizel, Ph.D., director of the Data Science Institute. “Our students will apply skills and knowledge in real-time throughout their coursework, which will prove to be valuable as they build professional portfolios.”

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