NJIT launching data science grad program — in Jersey City

Data scientists looking for a place to earn a graduate degree will have a new option along the Hudson Waterfront, as New Jersey Institute of Technology announced Thursday that it will begin offering programs in Jersey City, just steps from the Exchange Place PATH station.

NJIT said in a news release that its Ying Wu College of Computing will begin offering part-time and full-time graduate studies in data science in the fall at 101 Hudson St., through a program dubbed NJIT@JerseyCity.

“NJIT already is the largest producer of computing talent in the region, graduating about 800 computing professionals each year,” President Joel S. Bloom said in a prepared statement. “Recognized by Forbes as No. 1 nationally for student economic upward mobility and by PayScale.com as Top 2% nationally for return on investment, NJIT will continue to provide the workforce with quality and affordable technological training.

“NJIT@JerseyCity will be a convenient option for our graduates and other tech-savvy professionals to broaden their skillset and advance their careers in the tech industry.”

YWCC Dean Craig Gotsman said the strong demand for data scientists working in New York City and Hudson County makes Jersey City an excellent location for these programs, which can lead to a Master of Science in data science or certificates in Big Data essentials and data mining.

“Data science is a fast-growing field, and the New York City metropolitan area has the greatest demand for data science professionals among the Top 20 metro areas in the country,” Gotsman said in a statement. “In fact, the demand in the New York metro area is double the demand of runner-up San Francisco. Our programs can help transform computing professionals into data scientists to meet this demand.”

The program will enable students to study modern computer science and work on projects involving artificial intelligence, Big Data, analytics, data mining and more, NJIT said.

“Reclaiming New Jersey’s position as the ‘State of Innovation’ through targeted investments in students and workers is a pillar of Gov. (Phil) Murphy’s plan for a stronger and fairer New Jersey economy,” Tim Sullivan, CEO of the state Economic Development Authority, said in a statement. “NJIT’s expansion will create new opportunities for New Jerseyans and make our already highly-educated workforce even more attractive to employers and entrepreneurs.”

Courses will be offered afternoons, evenings and weekends, and will be taught by NJIT faculty from the main campus in Newark, the university said.

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