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The University of
Virginia Darden School of Business has announced an innovative dual-degree
program with UVA’s Data Science Institute.
The new MBA/Master of Science in Data Science (MBA/MSDS)
aims to provide the robust training and cutting-edge tools ideal for students
who plan to pursue a variety of career fields, from technology to
entrepreneurship to consulting.
By combining Darden’s top-ranked general management program
and unparalleled education experience with the cutting-edge, data-intensive
curriculum of UVA’s Data Science Institute, students will gain broad
understanding of business leadership opportunities and challenges. They will
also develop a deep knowledge of data science tools that can turn data to
action-oriented business insights.
“This new dual degree represents an incredibly exciting
development for the Darden School and prospective students,” said Raj
Venkatesan, Darden professor and faculty lead for the dual degree. “There
is a clear demand from students for this kind of analytics-driven curriculum
and from organizations for employees who can harness the almost limitless power
of Big Data to develop new business models. These graduates will be coveted
hires and become indispensable leaders.”
The new dual degree, which will begin enrolling a limited
cohort of students in summer 2017, with a fuller launch in 2018, will deliver
both the Darden curriculum of core and elective courses and the 11-month MSDS
curriculum offered by the Data Science Institute over a two-year span. Tuition
fees for the new program will be the sum of the standalone MBA and MSDS
The Darden core curriculum provides students with an
integrated perspective on general management in the first year, focusing on key
themes such as finance, marketing, decision analytics, strategy, ethics,
accounting and leadership. Beginning in the final term of the first year,
students choose from a diverse selection of more than 100 electives and begin
to tailor the Darden education that most closely meets their interests and
The MSDS curriculum, with core courses in computer science,
statistics, and systems and information engineering, provides students of all
backgrounds with a base in languages, computation and linear modeling before
building on those skills to move to the practice and application of data
science. The program also addresses the ethical implications of data and
analytics and culminates in a capstone project focused on a real-world data
science problem. The capstone project will address a business problem and how
data science can be used to address those challenges.
“This new program will change the way that top business
leaders of tomorrow are thinking about data,” said Don Brown, director of the
Data Science Institute. “This game-changing dual degree will give students a
deep understanding of data science along with a top-ranked management program
that will allow them to unlock new ways of questioning, answering and thinking
about today’s top business challenges.”
The new dual degree is one of many offered at Darden,
which currently offers dual degrees
with UVA partners in the fields of law, medicine, nursing, education, engineering,
public policy, public health, government or foreign affairs and East Asian Studies.
“Darden dual degrees show the power of collaboration at
UVA,” said Darden Dean Scott Beardsley. “The new Data Science partnership shows
that Darden and UVA are committed to coming together to provide the best and
most relevant education opportunities for students.”
from all backgrounds want to be equipped for jobs in technology and
entrepreneurship,” said Sara Neher, Darden assistant dean for MBA admissions.
“This new dual degree will be a way to differentiate yourself.”
For more information on Darden’s dual-degree programs or to
learn about applying, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business
delivers the world’s best
business education experience to prepare
entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D. and
Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for
teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research.
Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public
university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Sophie ZunzDirector of Media RelationsDarden School of BusinessUniversity of VirginiaZunzS@darden.virginia.edu+1-434-924-7502
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