Data: It's Everywhere!

data graphicData is all around us, and it affects our everyday lives in ways we often take for granted. Google and Facebook analyze the content of our e-mails, searches, and posts, and then they use that data to target ads relevant to our interests. Amazon and Netflix track our online behavior, compare it to the behavior of other users, and recommend products and movies that suit our tastes—often with uncanny accuracy. To thrive in this environment, you must be able to work with data, draw well-reasoned inferences from it, and effectively communicate your discoveries to broader audiences. 

The Demand for Data Science

Individuals with substantive knowledge and data science skills are in demand across all sectors, from industry to academia to non-profit.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that data scientists, statisticians, computer programmers, and related occupations earned a median annual salary of $74,280 - more than double the average annual salary ($34,750; as of May 2012). According to a Burning Glass repost, the fastest-growing roles are Data Scientists and Advanced Analysts, which are projected to see demand spike by 28% by 2020.  On average, data science roles ring in an annual salary of $80,265—a premium of $8,736 relative to all bachelor’s and graduate-level jobs. [1]. By 2020, the BLS projects that 47,200 new jobs will be added in statistics and computer programming fields alone [2]. However, learning how to code and use statistics are not the only valuable skills an undergraduate can develop. Independent research published by Workday shows that Emory is already meeting the needs of the future [3].

Emory's Approach: Borne Out by Data

What sets Emory apart is Data Science+. We offer a cutting-edge quantitative curriculum plus an elite liberal arts education. Research shows that liberal arts graduates with data management and analysis skills, like those emphasized in QTM, earn $12,700 more annually than their counterparts without such skills, and an additional 137,000 entry-level careers are available to them [3, as reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education]. Data Science at Emory is designed for the needs of the modern world.

Meeting the Needs of the Modern World

QTM offers five innovative degree options designed to help students succeed:

So which one is right for you? That depends! We offer a spectrum of degrees to serve students of all mathematical/statistical interest and capability:

QSS Minor

QTM 100 QTM 151
QTM 110 ❏ QTM 200
QTM 150 QTM 250
❏ 2 quantitative electives

QSS, PPA, or QSS+BBA major

❏ MATH 111 QTM 151
QTM 120 QTM 210
QTM 150 QTM 220
❏ 3 quantitative electives

QSS, PPA, or QSS+BBA major

❏ MATH 111 ❏ MATH 211
QTM 150 ❏ MATH 221
QTM 151 ❏ MATH 361
QTM 220 ❏ MATH 362
❏ 3 quantitative electives

AMS major

❏ MATH 111 ❏ MATH 250
❏ MATH 112 ❏ MATH 315
QTM 150 ❏ MATH 361
QTM 151 ❏ MATH 362
❏ MATH 211 ❏ CS 170
❏ MATH 212 ❏ QTM220
❏ MATH 221 or 321
❏ 3 MATH electives
❏ 3 quantitative electives

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†Considered double major