New College adds master’s in data science

SARASOTA — New College of Florida is no longer an undergraduate-only institution.The school has earned accreditation to offer graduate degrees and is set to debut its first master’s program in data science this fall.Patrick McDonald, a professor of math at New College, said not only will there be a data science master’s and undergraduate program, but the school is launching an effort to ensure all students are data literate by the time they graduate.“The idea is all of the students who come in will be given fundamental skill sets involving computational statistics,” said McDonald, who is directing the school’s new data science program. “It used to be reading, writing and arithmetic, but it turns out inference in computing is part of the game. If you don’t know these things when…

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