MS in Informatics and Analytics
This multidisciplinary program focuses on the most advanced practices, including guiding those working with extensive amounts of data to find innovative and new types of emerging information and content. While the advent of information technology brings tremendous opportunities for industry, it also brings with it increasing complexities of the digital economy and challenges to enterprises and to individual executives and managers. Today, the data scientist, who deals with big data to find insights into new and emerging types of data and content, is the sought-after professional.
Master of Science in Informatics and Analytics
The Master of Science in Informatics and Analytics (MSIA) degree program is designed to equip individuals with best-practice knowledge and current methodologies to make their businesses more agile as they acquire skills to aggregate and analyze disparate types of data and to recognize patterns and trends within that data. Students collaborate within the classroom environment to research and present data driven solutions to real-world problems. The curriculum encompasses foundational aspects of informatics and analytics, including:
-Statistical analysis and decision modeling
-Research methods in informatics
-Big data management and analytics
-Data mining and predictive analytics
-Information ethics, law and policy
Completion of the program requires 36 graduate credits (12 courses). To provide a common background in informatics and analytics, ten core courses are required of all students. In addition to the core courses, students will choose a concentration within the program by taking two courses in an emphasis area. The degree culminates with a comprehensive real life industry-type practicum, comprising 6 of the 36 credits, oriented toward the student’s domain of interest.
The ideal student has a strong background in statistics or business analysis and is passionate about data driven solutions
Faculty members are leaders in their fields and bring a wealth of real-world experience to the classroom
Night and weekend classes, with 36-hour coursework including a six hour practicum project, are all delivered in as little as 12 months
A rich, face-to-face experience, allowing students to learn from, support and network with faculty and peers
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Accreditation by the Commission on Colleges signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.
A total of 85 standards are grouped into the following categories: Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards, and Federal Requirements. Institutions accredited by SACS complete the reaffirmation process every ten years with an interim five-year progress report on 15 standards.
Lipscomb University was reaffirmed in 2007 and found to be in compliance with all 85 standards.
International Student Requirements:
1. International student applicants must supply proof of financial status (enough saving to pay for at least one year’s tuition and living costs). Lipscomb requires that the first semester’s tuition and fees be paid in advance. Lipscomb also requires proof of health insurance coverage.
2. International students are required to be proficient in written and oral English before enrolling.
3. International students must make application at least six month prior to the desired date of entrance with a non-refundable international student application fee of $75.
4. All applicants whose academic records are from colleges, universities, and institutes located outside the United States must order a course-by-course report from an approved evaluation service.
5. Official copies of satisfactory standardized test scores on TOEFL and the GMAT, GRE or acceptable alternative, must be submitted six months in advance.
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