University Creates Big Data Graduate Program

WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) in Massachusetts has a new graduate degree program in data science that is designed to produce professionals who can manage Big Data. This interdisciplinary program officially begins with the fall 2014 semester, but students may now enroll in existing courses for the program.

WPI saw a growing demand for professionals who can analyze massive data sets and distill their value to help organizations. According to a report from McKinsey Co., there is currently a shortage of 140,000–190,000 people with analytical expertise in the U.S. workforce, and there will be a need for 1.5 million more Big Data managers and analysts.

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