Georgia State’s Institute for Insight prepares students for careers in big data for any business.
Our interdisciplinary approach gives students the skills needed for dealing with the complex problems associated with big data. Students develop collaborative abilities as well as computational proficiencies, building a solid footing for careers in data analytics.
Students benefit from exclusive access to data scientists from a variety of industries, practical experience working hand in hand with their peers and industry partners, and unprecedented access to employers in industries ranging from banking, health information, technology, communications and consulting.
Four Intense Semesters
Institute students complete four semesters of intense training to earn a master’s in analytics. They take 26 hours of classes, including data programming for analytics, machine learning for analytics and econometric modeling for analytics. Students also may choose to be mentored by a senior expert in data analysis from an Atlanta company.
There are evening lectures by experts working in the field. In addition, every Friday industry partners visit the lab to share ideas about data analysis, to discuss big data issues and to help the students develop new skills.
Filled with secure and advanced technologies, our lab is designed to facilitate collaboration so that students can learn from each other, from business professionals and from faculty.
Students work in teams on “data sprints,” four-to-six-week-long projects brought to the institute by companies seeking solutions to actual problems involving data management and applications. The students tackle each project with a company staff member and devise possible solutions.
Meet Kishen Jayanti
Research assistant Kishen Jayanti is typical of the high caliber of student attracted to the institute. Having studied biochemical engineering and neuroscience, he decided to switch fields, enrolling in the Robinson College of Business in June 2014 to work on an M.S. in analytics.
Learning from working executives about how companies mine and use data “is a lot more stimulating than working in a lab,” Kishen says. “In biology, I learned in theory, but here, I get the feeling we’re solving real-world problems.”
After Kishen completed only two semesters of study, SunTrust hired him as a marketing analyst. He will work part-time while finishing his degree and will then join the company’s marketing and promotions department. “The whole experience has been so valuable,” he says. “And I love the data sprints.”