Mason will begin offering an online version of the data analytics engineering master’s degree through Wiley Education Services in spring 2019 to serve a rising number of prospective data scientists and “big data” working professionals across the country.
In 2014, Mason became one of the first handful of U.S. universities to offer a data analytics master’s degree program. The on-campus version enrolled 334 students in spring 2018 across 10 concentrations, indicating strong demand for an online version.
“The goal is to expand out and have a footprint in the rest of the U.S.,” said Robert Osgood, director of the master’s programs in computer forensics, data analytics engineering, electrical engineering and computer engineering. “We’re looking to find people in Dallas or Louisville or wherever anyone is looking to enhance their career and knowledge of data analytics but can’t come here to take a class.”