Online MIT program and Discovery Analytics Center join in big data module to foster successful IT leaders

MIT Big Data Module Online MIT students can enroll in Big Data Module beginning with the 2016 fall semester.

With big data now pervasive in everything from healthcare to retail to manufacturing to e-commerce, Virginia Tech’s Online Master of Information Technology (MIT) program is offering a Big Data Module for enrolled students, beginning with the 2016 fall semester.

The popular MIT program is offered jointly by the College of Engineering and Pamplin College of Business.

“It is important that we continually update our curriculum to meet the needs of professional learners in the field,” said Parviz Ghandforoush, associate dean of the Pamplin College of Business and the program’s executive director. “As we strive to provide the knowledge and skills that propel our students to assume IT leadership positions in organizations throughout the world, data science definitely fits into that category.”

“It is really not a far stretch to claim that every IT professional today must have a working understanding of data science to be successful,” said Naren Ramakrishnan, Thomas L. Phillips Professor of Engineering and director, Discovery Analytics Center (DAC). “Seven out of 10 organizations have already invested or plan to invest in big data by 2016 and every type of IT practitioner, whether systems or applications, will be impacted by these trends.”

Developed by computer science faculty at DAC, the Big Data Module gives MIT students a working knowledge of storage and processing architectures for massive data; an understanding of machine learning and data analytics; and the ability to use data visualizations to comprehend and communicate insights.

Ramakrishnan noted that students will be introduced to data applications in domains such as advertising, marketing, electronic health records, social media, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Case studies with real-world datasets are also key to the curriculum.

The module begins with the core course, Object Oriented Analysis & Design, and includes two others, Machine Learning with Big Data and Social Media Analytics.

For more information about the online MIT program or the Big Data Module, please check out the website or email the program director, Terry Hinders at vtmit@vt.edu.

Posted July 07, 2016