Data Analytics program trains students for Big Data careers

April 06, 2020

Crack the code on big data with our new applied data analytics degreeDetroit Mercy’s Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics seeks students interested in Big Data careers. The application period for this program is now open for summer and fall enrollment

This new program is built on an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary foundation that draws on courses from several Detroit Mercy departments, schools and colleges, including Computer & Information Systems, Computer Science, Economics, Architecture, Business Administration, Mathematics and Health Professions. In addition, the program is available online, on campus or as a combination of online and traditional on-campus study. 

“Detroit Mercy created this program because the demand for these skills far exceeds the supply,” said Victoria Mantzopoulos, associate dean for Detroit Mercy’s College of Liberal Arts & Education (CLAE). “Students in this program will find the University's trademark focus on hands-on, skills-based course work for which the University is known makes them ready to meet the needs of employers."

The program responds to a local, state and national need for Big Data experts in most industry sectors. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information research scientists, including data analysts, is projected to grow 16% thorough 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Additionally, professionals are able to earn high career incomes in this field. Median pay in 2018 was $118,370.

The curriculum consists of 10 courses, eight of which are required, including a hands-on capstone project, and two electives to provide a foundation in data science and data analytics. Topics include data mining, data warehouses, data modeling, data visualization, research design, scientific reasoning, ethics, programming with Python and R, and statistical software.

A GRE is not required. The cost is $872 per credit hour for U.S. students at its McNichols Campus in Detroit, Mich., and for U.S. and international online students.

Detroit Mercy’s Jesuit and Mercy education provides students pursuing the Applied Data Analytics program the foundation they need in critical thinking, communication and ethical decision making. As a result, students will graduate with a stronger understanding of how to apply data analytics in helping people impacted by their companies and organizations.

Interested individuals must submit applications today to receive consideration for the summer 2020 or fall 2020 semester. For more information or to apply, visit, contact Victoria Mantzopoulos at 313-993-3254 or via email at