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Northwest Missouri State University


Data Science<br/><i>Emphasis in Business</i>

Data Science
Emphasis in Business

The Northwest Difference

The first of its kind in Missouri and the region, Northwest’s Data Science major is an interdisciplinary program with four areas of emphasis: computer science, business, molecular biology and geographic information systems.

The business emphasis is designed for students interested in analyzing data and projecting the best option for a client. Faculty focus on ensuring students have tools to analyze big data and make proper business decisions.

Career Opportunities

Data scientists are in high demand. A McKinsey Global Institute report estimates that by 2018, “the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.”

Job titles:

Examples of employers:

  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Business data analyst
  • Quantitative analyst
  • Strategy analyst
  • Marketing specialist
  • Banking institutions
  • Consulting firms
  • Consumer and recreational service providers
  • Homeland security and intelligence agencies
  • Information management companies
  • Internet search engines providers
  • Major retailers
  • Media consultant agencies

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Students gain hands-on experience while participating in project-based learning that allows them to interpret actual data with faculty members.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available: faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.

For more information about study abroad opportunities »