SMITHFIELD, RI – Bryant University announces the launch of four new graduate programs to empower students and working professionals with the knowledge, skills, and advanced credentials to succeed in the global, data-driven digital economy. New STEM-designated in-person Master’s degree programs in Business Analytics, Data Science, and Healthcare Informatics are enrolling for Fall of 2023. The Master’s in Taxation will be delivered online and is also slated for next fall.
"There is an urgent need for leaders and analysts who can see connections and innovate to develop smart, effective strategies for the way business gets done and problems get solved.”
As business needs change and industry boundaries blur, Bryant is committed to developing interdisciplinary academic programs and curricula that incorporate business, analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, finance, and health sciences to meet workforce demands.
These new programs provide opportunities for undergraduates to create pathways to career-accelerating graduate degrees. Professionals at all levels—from early career employees to C-level executives—will be able to uplevel their skills and advance in their careers. All programs are available to students and professionals around the world, and several programs offer “4+1” options for Bryant students.
Through Bryant’s marketplace-driven approach and signature real-world experiential education, the new data-centric graduate programs are answering the call for educated and skilled professionals to perform in key roles in top industries where skilled data scientists and analysts are in high demand, including health sciences, financial services, accounting, digital marketing, cyber security, manufacturing, and energy.
“Through Vision 2030, we are forging a new era of growth and academic innovation at Bryant University.”
Developing new graduate academic programs aligned to evolving workforce demand is part of a key Bryant University Vision 2030 Strategic Plan.
“Through Vision 2030, we are forging a new era of growth and academic innovation at Bryant University,” says Bryant University President and respected economist Ross Gittell, Ph.D. “The value and return on investment on our innovative, highly ranked academic programs is attracting increasing attention of students, families, alumni, media, and corporate partners around the world.”
The return on investment on a Bryant education is in the top 1% nationally, according to a recent survey by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
“Advances in technology, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are increasingly integral parts of life and business today. There is an urgent need for leaders and analysts who can see connections and innovate to develop smart, effective strategies to solve problems,” says Provost and Chief Academic Officer Rupendra Paliwal Ph.D. “These new graduate programs build on our historic strengths and culture of creativity and innovation to prepare our students to be leaders, disruptors, and valuable contributors anywhere in the world.”
Business Analytics, Data Science, and Taxation will join other successful programs offered by the College of Business including the MBA, Professional MBA Online, and Master of Professional Accounting (MPAC). Healthcare Informatics is offered by the newly launched School of Health and Behavioral Sciences joining the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS), which launched in 2014. Additional graduate programs offered through the College of Arts and Sciences will be announced this fall.
More About the new programs
The Master of Science in Business Analytics prepares future business leaders to use advanced analytics to support organizational goals and strategies and use analytics to tell compelling stories that impact business strategy. Working with state-of-the-art business analytics tools and techniques, students learn the whole process of data analytics lifecycle from business understanding, data preparation, data exploration, model building, and data visualization and communication. The MSBA is a full-time, in-person cohort program comprising eight required business analytics courses and a three-course specialization, or a generalist track that tailors electives to individual personal and professional needs.
Building on the strengths of Bryant University in business and undergraduate data science programs, MSDS program is applied with a foundation in business and helps train the next generation of data scientists to work in various fields. The program’s core courses include data ethics, statistics, machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, large-scale data analytics and more. The MSDS program is a full-time, in-person cohort program and will run over the fall, spring, and summer sessions. Students will complete eight required data science courses and choose a three-course specialization, or a generalist track that tailors electives to individual personal and professional needs.
Healthcare Informatics is an interdisciplinary field of study in the healthcare industry that uses information technology to organize and analyze health data and records to improve healthcare outcomes. Bryant’s program provides a holistic understanding of the healthcare system and emphasizes the need for collaboration to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. Graduates of the program are equipped with knowledge of the healthcare industry and technology solutions and the technical skills needed to effectively analyze complex health data, manage evolving health information systems and support the increased utilization of electronic health records. The 10-course, 30-credit, in person program can be completed in 18 months or 12 months with classes over winter and summer sessions.
Bryant’s Master of Science in Taxation, offered online, will prepare graduates to enhance or launch their professional careers in accounting with a focus on taxation. Gaining in-depth expertise in taxation will enable graduates to understand the nuances of complex tax-related issues in terms of theory and practical application for individuals, partnerships and corporations. The MST program will incorporate data analytics and visualization with machine learning technology to ensure that graduates are well-equipped to best serve their organizations and clients. Graduates will be prepared to advise on retirement and compensation plans as well as navigate estate planning. The 10-course, 31-credit, online program will be delivered in 10-week increments with specific start times to be announced soon.
About Bryant University
For 160 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. The University delivers a uniquely integrated academic and student life experience with nationally recognized academic programs at the intersection of business, liberal arts, and STEM fields. Located on a beautiful 428-acre campus in Smithfield, R.I., Bryant is recognized as a top 1% national leader in student education outcomes and return on investment and regularly receives high rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Money, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, College Factual and Barron’s. Visit www.bryant.edu.