Data Analytics program trains students for Big Data careers

November 07, 2019

Big Data workers pictured in an office setting.Detroit Mercy announces that 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."

The 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.

Detroit Mercy’s Jesuit and Mercy education provides students pursuing the Applied Data Analytics program the foundation they need in critical thinking, communication and ethical decision making. As a result, students will graduate with a stronger understanding of how to apply data analytics in helping people impacted by their companies and organizations.

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, click here, contact Victoria Mantzopoulos at 313-993-3254 or via email at