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University of Calgary launches master of data science and analytics degree

The University of Calgary is adding a new graduate program to help people with different disciplines become data scientists. 

The Master in Data Science and Analytics (MDSA), which was unveiled this week, is a bachelor's degree program through collaboration between the Faculty of Science, the Haskay School of Business, the Cumming School of Medicine, and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. . 

According to the university, the new program aims to build capacity in Canada's growing digital economy. 

Statistics Canada says that the country's digital economy - which itself is not an industry, but for a sense of scale we will ignore it for a moment - is more important to the overall economy than mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction (4.8). 

The proportion was as large as in 2015, transport and storage (4.6 percent) and utilities (2.4 percent) in 2015. 

On an annual basis, the digital economy grew more than the total economy every year except for 2011 and 2017 when Canada experienced strong growth. energy sector. 

"Realizing the changing needs in an increasingly data-driven economy in Alberta, Canada and around the world, the new program fills an important place in meeting the needs of students interested in re-skilling and up-skilling towards technology Dega. 

Dr. Bernhard Meyer, PhD, Interim Faculty of Science Dean. "The Master of Data Science and Analytics program can lead students to expect a pioneering education that will help them transition into key roles in Canada's technological economy." 

The university's website says there are three areas of fundamental data science, business analysis, and health data analytics and biostatistics programs. 

The degree can be completed in 16 months (or 12 months if students choose an accelerated pathway) Or part-time through the Stackable Certificate and Diploma route. Applications of Master of Data Science and Analytics are currently being accepted for classes beginning in September 2021.

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