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New Ph.D. program in Data Science available in 2017

September 18, 2016

The Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI will offer a new Ph.D. in Data Science, available in spring 2017. The degree program is the first of its kind in Indiana and in the Big Ten, and one of only a handful in the United States.

Graduates of the Ph.D. in Data Science program will be prepared to make significant research contributions to data science theory and practice. The degree leads to positions in academia as well as in industry. Glassdoor ranks data scientist as the top career in America, with a median base salary of $116,840.

Professor Karl MacDorman, associate dean of academic affairs at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, says the new degree addresses the demand for professionals capable of applying data science principles to specific domains. “We provide a rigorous, high-quality, competitive program that prepares intellectual leaders in a rapidly developing field.”

The field of data science involves collection, organization, management, and extraction of knowledge and insights from massive, complex, heterogeneous data sets—commonly known as “big data.” Data is generated from instruments, sensors, internet transactions, email, video, click stream, and all other digital sources available today and in the future.

Faculty at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI have a breadth of scholarship in data science that positions the school to be an international leader in the field. The Ph.D. in Data Science provides a unique emphasis on human-centered computing and biomedical data science. Among the program’s benefits is the presence of collaborators from leading global health and life science research centers on the IUPUI campus and in Indianapolis.

Applications of data science will be critical to Indiana’s economic growth and the health of Hoosiers. Training in this highly critical area of information technology innovation will have a direct impact on local industries such as health care, meeting a significant workforce need.

Industry interest in big data is escalating across the globe. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects positions for computer and information research scientists to grow 19% from 2010 to 2020. According to International Data Corp, the worldwide big data technology and services market is expected to reach $48.9B by 2019.