WPI Launches New Graduate Program in Data Science

Responding to a skyrocketing demand for professionals who understand how to analyze and distill value from massive data sets, popularly known as big data, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is launching the first graduate program in data science ( in Massachusetts and one of only a handful of such programs in the nation. The interdisciplinary program, which leads to either a master of science degree or a graduate certificate, is enrolling students now in existing courses; the first cohort for the master’s program will formally begin in the fall of 2014.
“Technological advances in devices, software, networking, and other technologies have given rise to digital data rich in variety, volume, velocity, and complexity,” said Elke Rundensteiner (, professor of computer science and director of the new graduate program. “These data represent an exceptional opportunity to harvest and extract insights important for competitive business and for innovation in healthcare, science, engineering, and societal well-being.

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