Students at the University of Houston-Victoria will be equipped to excel in a world that increasingly relies on massive amounts of data collected through digital systems, thanks to a new graduate program in data science to be offered from spring.
The new Master of Science in Data Science will be offered for the first time by the UHV College of Natural & Applied Science from January.
Students pursuing a career in data science previously had the option of pursuing a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in data science.
The new program is a 36 credit hour degree that will allow students to pursue more intensive learning in data science, either in person, online, or in hybrid courses.
“The new graduate degree is specially designed for students seeking careers in data science and artificial intelligence,” said Hardik Gohel, assistant professor of computer science at UHV and director of the new program. “Data science is an exciting and engaging field for students. There is a need for data science professionals in almost every field, and businesses in neighboring cities have a wide choice of opportunities available.
Students in the program will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in various data science applications, including data collection and storage, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
They will also examine the tools and methods used by industry leaders such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue internships in the field of data science.
Students who earn a data science degree have a wide range of careers available to them, Gohel said. Some more common roles include Data Analyst, Data Engineer, Database Administrator, Machine Learning Engineer, Data Scientist, Data Architect, and Business Analyst. These roles are crucial in many sectors of society.
“Data science is an increasingly important part of technology in the United States and around the world,” said Joann Olson, associate vice-president of research and dean of graduate studies at UHV. “Every industry needs data management and other skills that are taught in a data science program. Whether it is medicine, online shopping, voting statistics, environmental information or more, the new Master of Science in Data Science at UHV will allow our students to understand how to collect, interpret and use that data.
For Sergio Campa, a senior UHV from Houston, the new program is exciting news. By offering a data science program, UHV will allow its students to have an edge in a growing field for an affordable tuition fee, he said.
“Modern technology is creating a massive amount of data, and there is a global need for professionals who know how to effectively sort, protect and use that data,” Campa said. “This program will be an exceptional addition to UHV’s arsenal.
Campa will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in Cybersecurity. He had previously planned to attend the University of California at Berkley for a master’s degree in data science with a major in cybersecurity before the announcement of UHV’s new program. He became interested in data science because of the many possible uses of the data collected by modern technology.
“Working with data and finding the best uses for it is like a huge puzzle,” he said. “You have to find out how the data can be used to meet the needs of your organization. I’m delighted to see that the UHV is going to offer this to its students, and I’m a little sad that I already accepted an out-of-state place before the UHV begins its program. This diploma will take UHV’s programs to a whole new level.
To learn more about the new MS in Data Science, contact Gohel at [email protected] or 361-570-4219.