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Program Structure

The Drake Data Analytics program is anchored to two objectives:

  1. Students will gain not only a common foundation of knowledge about data—in particular how it is stored, accessed, analyzed, modeled, scored, and applied—but also an understanding of how it should be used ethically and how to communicate with stakeholders before and after performing analyses.
  2. Students will have the relative freedom to personalize their experience in the major by selecting an area of specialty. Here, objective one is put to application. Students will have the opportunity to successfully apply core knowledge to a discipline of their choosing.

Professional preparation is also an important part of the major. Drake is forging partnerships with businesses and organizations in the Greater Des Moines area for student internship opportunities. Students will learn by applying principles of data analytics to topics they find personally fulfilling, be it biology, marketing, actuarial science, computer science, economics, finance, or other fields. 

Students will also be challenged to complete both a major-specific case studies course and a disciplinary capstone in a chosen area of specialty.

February 22, 2018
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has publicly reaffirmed accreditation of Drake University for an additional 10 years.