Academic Programs

UNC Charlotte’s Data Science Initiative creates education, training, and research programs in data science and analytics, integrated with business and industry expertise. These interdisciplinary academic programs are developing a new generation of data scientists, business analysts, and managers with both the technical and business skills to transform data into smart, innovative business solutions.

Life revolves around prediction. We use it to plan our lives; businesses use it to enhance their productivity and competitiveness. With a DSI graduate degree, you can be the mind that sees the promise, transforms data into knowledge, and effects change.

Data Science and Business Analytics


Data Science and Business Analytics offerS both a 15 credit hour Graduate Certificate and a 33 credit hour Master's Degree. Each program is an interdisciplinary drawing of domain expertise in business, computer and information sciences, statistics, and operations research. DSBA graduates are equipped for employment in a wide variety of data-intensive industries, such as financial services, energy, retail/supply chain, etc., fields where the demand for business analysts with quantitative, computational, and sophisticated analytical skills is growing at an explosive pace. 

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Health Informatics and analytics

Health Informatics 

The Health Informatics and Analytics program offers a 36-credit Professional Science Master’s program leading to the M.S. degree and a 15-credit Graduate Certificate, and contributes to other campus programs, including Early Entry and Dual Degree programs. We created these programs in response to the regional need for trained professionals in health analytics and data science.Health Informaticians (increasingly called Health Data Scientists) bridge the gap between the worlds of medicine and information technology looking for patterns in data that reveal best practices to improve healthcare.  These programs meet the strong demand across the region for trained professionals in health analytics and data science, individuals who understand both the language of healthcare and of “Big Data.”

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Both the Health Informatics and Analytics and the Data Science and Business Analytics academic programs offer regular face-to-face and online information sessions. Topics covered include a brief overview of the application process, funding, and financial aid, as well as an open Q&A session. Register today and learn more about our innovative degree programs and how you can leverage your academic and professional experience.

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Student Organization

The Data Science Initiative Student Organization (DSI SO) serves the purpose of organizing programs, events, and meetings for current students of DSI academic programs Data Science and Business Analytics (DSBA) and Health Informatics and Analytics (HIAN). This organization creates opportunities to network with colleagues, professionals, and alumni. The aim is to share, discuss and collaborate on various ideas and advance both academically and professionally in the analytics domain.

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Contact Information

Academic Programs

Carly Mahedy

 Carly Mahedy

Director of Student Services

Executive Education

Jennifer Ames-Stuart

 Jennifer Ames-Stuart, Ph.D.

Director of Executive Education

Academic Programs

Doug Hague, Ph.D.

Interim Executive Director