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Role of a data scientist

We live in a data-driven world that’s generating huge volumes of information at ever-increasing rates, via social media, financial transactions, telecommunications, and even scientific discovery.

The emerging interdisciplinary field of data science combines areas of computer science with mathematical statistics and domain expertise to manage and analyze this data.

Though incorporating statistical methods, data science puts a greater emphasis on the specialized computational skills required to manage and analyze big data from sources such as social media, sensors, mobile and transaction data.

Data scientists develop the capability to derive insight and opportunity from the vast repositories of data that many organizations collect. They help organizations in all sectors of the economy to make sense of these very large volumes of data; enabling businesses to gain a competitive edge, governments to deliver more targeted services, and research teams make new discoveries.

Career outlook

As data science is still a new and emerging field, the roles available for data scientists are quite varied and diverse. As well as the title of data scientist, other positions include: analytics specialist, business intelligence analyst/developer, data analyst, data architect, data engineer, data miner, research scientist and web analyst.

Program structure

The first year of the program develops a solid foundation in computer science and statistics –

core skills necessary for every data scientist in their professional work.

Students with an undergraduate background in computer engineering may gain some advanced standing. During the first year of this master's degree, students with an undergraduate background in Mathematics will take advanced courses in computer science to supplement their knowledge. While students with a bachelor's degree in computer science will follow specialized courses of applied mathematics in order to get ready for the advanced core courses of the second year.  

The second year also includes a major project, which can be working on an industry or research project.

International Students

Find out more about studying as an international student at USJ here:

Visit the Master in Data Science page on the Saint Joseph University of Beirut website for more details!




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