Data Analytics


Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is Data Analytics?

Data Analytics combines statistical methods, programming skills and deep knowledge in a field of application to extract meaning from large, unstructured or complex data sets with the goal of informing policy, decisions or scholarly research. Students select a concentration in one of four areas of application: Bioinformatics, Geospatial Analytics, Social Data Analytics and Sport Analytics. A major in data analytics layers field-specific content knowledge on a strong foundation of tools for data management, programming solutions and statistical modeling.

An ever-broadening expanse of data informs discussion in the public sphere and pushes the frontiers of knowledge in all areas of scientific and human inquiry. In-depth analysis of complex data shapes operations and effectiveness in communities, government, health and nonprofit organizations while fueling innovation in business and industry. The major in Data Analytics provides the skills and knowledge needed to investigate and understand trends, connections, preferences and influences

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Emphasis on teaching and learning

The ratio of instructors to students is small and allows for an excellent one-on-one relationship. Typical intermediate to advanced classes for data analytics majors have 25 or fewer students. Students receive individual attention and get to know instructors. With Miami's focus on undergraduate education, senior faculty regularly teach introductory, intermediate and advanced courses. For guidance, you'll also be assigned an adviser in your first year.

A broad range of options

The Data Analytics major includes concentrations in social sciences, natural sciences and sports. Students can sample introductory courses in different areas with an eye toward satisfying liberal education requirements as well as the major. Data Analytics is also an ideal choice for students interested in obtaining a double major or adding a minor or two.

Opportunities for research

Student research is the norm in the departments offering field-specific concentrations. The Data Analytics major has been specially designed to develop skills of immediate value to exploring research questions in a wide variety of areas. Through the University Summer Scholars Program and other student research programming sponsored by the Office of Research for Undergraduates, students are given the opportunity to do research with a faculty mentor. Students can also work with a faculty member through independent studies. In many cases, these activities lead to papers that can be presented at a regional or national student conference.

Alumni mentors

Miami alumni actively serve the profession and community. The participating academic departments regularly invite alumni back to Oxford for one on one discussions with students about career opportunities, the role of their Miami training in the workplace, and how their work impacts society.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

Data Analytics majors take a core curriculum of six introductory and intermediate courses in statistics, computer programming, mathematics, ethics and professional communication. These courses provide the foundation needed for successful application of Data Analytics in any field or career. Data Analytics majors also take a concentration of six courses up through the advanced level in a selected area of application or focus. The concentrations instill students with an in-depth understanding of the goals and important questions of a specific discipline, with an emphasis on how data analysis tools reveal structure and patterns of interest.

What can I do with this major?

Employer demand for Data Analytics cuts across all types of organizations. The first two years of technical training expand opportunities for internships. The hands-on application of those skills in later advanced courses opens doors to career options as an analyst and problem solver in companies, research organizations and government agencies. And the powerful combination of technical skills with a broad liberal education strengthens applications to graduate and professional schools.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Statistics
311 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056