By Whitney Knight
With the need for professional data analysts on the rise across virtually every career field, Mid-America Christian University has launched the first-ever bachelor of science in data analytics program in Oklahoma. The degree program combines business, mathematics, and information technology using data mining, simulation, and optimization.
Students will learn to analyze industry data and develop the necessary skills to become a critical thinker and an ethical leader, said MACU School of Mathematics chair Dr. Carol Fowlkes. “There is a big need for data analysts in the workplace today,” Fowlkes said. “Traditionally, many businesses would hire a general math major to fulfill this role, but there is a growing desire to have data analysts with specific training.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the data analysis field is anticipated to grow by 33 percent by 2025. Some career choices include work as a business intelligence (BI) developer, data scientist, digital marketing manager, operations analyst, or quantitative analyst.
MACU’s bachelor of science in data analytics is built using foundational classes from the university’s award-winning business and mathematics programs, with the addition of brand-new computer science classes.
The new degree program will be offered both 100-percent online and on campus in Oklahoma City. Enrollment is now open, with classes beginning Jan. 14, 2020.
Mid-America Christian University offers a Christian liberal arts education through two dynamic colleges. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers undergraduate degrees to traditional residential and daytime commuting students. The College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) makes college education affordable and accessible to busy working adults and graduate students. Degree programs are offered online or on-ground at the MACU campus in south Oklahoma City. MACU is an endorsed agency of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) and is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Visit www.macu.edu for more information.