The School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University offers an online Master of Information degree with a concentration in Data Science. This is a data analytics program that focuses on data storage and retrieval technologies, and the analytical skills and visualization techniques used by analytics professionals to solve problems at scale. The Master of Information program also explores the privacy issues surrounding data collection, and the ethical aspects of data analytics. Students in the program must complete 36 credits of coursework for graduation, which can be done in 16 months of full-time enrollment. Part-time students can complete the degree requirements in three years, depending on the number of courses taken per semester. The program is 100% online and does not require any campus visits.
OnlineEducation.com classifies this program under Data Analytics based on the curriculum.
The online degree programs at Rutgers University are managed by the school’s Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies, which utilizes a learning management system (LMS) that supports asynchronous instruction. Students have on-demand access to video lectures, library resources, simulations, and interactive LMS functions that enable class discussions and group projects. The School of Communication and Information limits the size of classes in the Master of Information degree program to an average of 14 students.
The Data Science concentration’s analytics curriculum is built on a foundation of four required core courses. These include: Fundamentals of Data Science; Data Analytics; Problem Solving with Data; and Database Design & Management. Students can then choose three electives in subject areas like: Competitive Intelligence; Data Curation; Information Policy; Information Retrieval; Information Visualization; Social Informatics; and Understanding, Designing, and Building Social Media. The Master of Information curriculum encompasses three professional development classes, including a colloquium, an ePortfolio seminar, and a class that explores careers in analytics. Students must also take a required course in Information Technologies for Library and Information Service Organizations, as well as two additional general electives offered by the School of Communication and Information.
Rutgers University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The School of Communication and Information is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).