OSU Launches New “Big Data” Degree Program

The goal of the newly launched Translational Data Analytics Institute (TDAI) is to enable the use of big data to solve real world problems. Now the leaders of TDAI are building a program from the ground up to teach graduate students to help solve those problems. As businesses move to a future where every transaction and interaction is quantified and analyzed, The Ohio State University is working to prepare students for careers in this new world.

TDAI is working to develop a new professional science master’s degree to train the next generation of analytics-enabled professionals, including data scientists. The institute is doing its homework in order to make sure these future graduates are ready to get jobs.
Industry leaders said the graduate program should serve different students on different tracks, including those who have a range of technical knowledge in the field of data analytics. The program should also be available to workers who want to take classes around their current job.

More work needs to be done to move the program forward. TDAI leadership will be looking at everything from the types of students who would be well served by the graduate degree to the course structure to teaching methods.