ANN: New Online Master of Science in Data Mining

Daniel Larose larosed at ccsu.edu
Tue Nov 13 21:29:27 EST 2001

CCSU Launches Online Master of Science in Data Mining

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) announces the launching of
an online Master of Science program in Data Mining, the first such
program to be offered online.

Data mining is the search for interesting patterns and trends in large
databases using statistical methods.  The MIT Technology Review chose
data mining as one of ten emerging technologies that will change the
world.  Data mining expertise is the most sought after among
information technology professionals, according to the 1999
Information Week National Salary Survey.  In a 2001 KDNuggets survey,
27% of data mining professionals earned more than $100,000 (US)

All courses in the data mining MS program are offered online.  This
means that class is as close as your computer, whether you live in
Beijing, New York, Singapore, or Canton.  Further, all courses are
asynchronous, meaning that students can work when they want to work,
whether at 3:00 in the afternoon, or 3:00 in the morning.

The 33-credit program, which can be completed in two years, consists
of courses in data mining, artificial intelligence, statistical
analysis, and computer science.  The MS in data mining is fully
licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education.

The program stresses the solution of real-world problems, using
applications and case studies, while gaining a deep appreciation of
the underlying models.  These applications include customer
relationship management, credit-card fraud, and profit/cost
optimization.  Students will apply methodologies such as decision
trees, market basket analysis, neural networks, association rules, and
cluster detection.  Students will gain strong exposure to
state-of-the-art software such as the Clementine data mining suite
from SPSS.

Courses available online, starting in January, include Introduction to
Data Mining, Data Mining Methods, Linear Models, Foundations of
Computer Science, Database Concepts, and Mathematical Statistics II. 
Some prerequisite courses are also offered online.  To register for
these courses, proceed to OnlineCSU at http://onlinecsu.ctstateu.edu/.

For more information about the data mining program, including how to
apply, please visit www.ccsu.edu/datamining, or contact Program
Director Daniel T. Larose, Ph.D. at larosed at ccsu.edu or 860-832-2862.


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