University provides advanced degrees to MDC students

By Kelly Montoya

University provides advanced degrees to MDC students

By Kelly Montoya
The University of Miami is collaborating with Miami Dade College to make data science master’s degrees more accessible to graduates of MDC’s School of Engineering and Technology.

The University of Miami and Miami Dade College (MDC) have signed an articulation agreement that will help MDC’s School of Engineering and Technology graduates, who have earned their Bachelor of Science in data analytics, further their education at the University.

Leonidas Bachas, dean of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, explained that this initiative will help meet the demand of highly trained individuals in data analytics, artificial intelligence, and advanced computing.

“We proudly embrace the opportunity to support local tech talent. The College [of Arts and Sciences], through our partnership with IDSC and the M.S. in data science, is committed to providing opportunities for Miami’s diverse and qualified students to lead the way in tech start-ups and digital entrepreneurship,” added Bachas.

This agreement comes at a time when tech in Miami is a hot topic.

“Miami’s booming tech start-up scene is going to need a highly-trained, diverse talent pool who can work in a variety of fields,” said Maryann Tatum Tobin, assistant dean for professional education and personalized learning at the College of Arts and Sciences.

“The agreement will provide opportunities for students to expand on the comprehensive technical foundation provided by MDC in their B.S. in data analytics program by obtaining a master of science at UM’s unique interdisciplinary program, in which students apply data analytics and visualization to several disciplines,” she added. 

According to the agreement, this collaboration allows students who have earned their Bachelor of Science in data analytics from MDC’s School of Engineering and Technology with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher to qualify for admission into the Master of Science in data science program at the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. 

Additionally, MDC graduates admitted to the M.S. in data science program will receive a 50 percent discount on their tuition to successfully complete the requisite 30 graduate level credits and earn the degree in one calendar year, if enrolled full time.

“With landmark investments in the Miami tech landscape from the Knight Foundation and with the support of Miami’s leadership, this agreement will help to establish UM and MDC as local leaders in tech education,” said Tobin.

Visit https://www.mdc.edu/transfer-information/transfer-agreements/institution/?id=133 for more information about the articulation agreement.