New Programs Prepare Students for In-Demand Careers

July 12, 2021

Buffalo, NY - Whether you compare it to gold or oil, data is becoming the world’s most valuable 21st century resource. Consequently, industries across the board are competing for a limited number of individuals with expertise in turning complex information into actionable insights. Canisius is filling this void with the introduction of a new BS in data science and MS in business analytics.

Housed in the College of Arts & Sciences, the BS in data science develops in students a core set of skills in mathematics, computer science and business intelligence. It’s complemented by experiential learning opportunities in which students use the latest technologies to explore and analyze data sets and anticipate how they might be applied to various problem-solving situations. Rounding out the program is a holistic approach to the ethical issues that guide the use of data in modern life. Students graduate prepared for careers as business analysts, statisticians, data scientists and deep-learning engineers. They can also continue their education via the college’s MS in data analytics or new MS in business analytics.

The MS in business analytics, designed in partnership with industry experts through the Wehle School of Business (WSB), teaches students how to focus on the story behind the numbers to highlight key insights and add value. Emphasis is placed on core skills, such as teamwork and
communication, as well as the ethical stewardship of data. Students also gain real-world analytics experience through professional internships and the WSB's Leadership and Professional Development (LPD) program, which provides personal coaching and the skills necessary to
become an effective leader. A unique feature of the program is its overlap with the MS in data analytics, which provides business analytics students with very strong technical skills. When combined with strong business acumen, graduates will be able to effectively use data to identify and support strategic opportunities. Students from both programs work and study in a multidisciplinary team environment, just as professionals do in the workplace.

The new MS in business analytics and BS in data science are set to launch in fall 2021.