Dr. Simon J. Sheather, professor of statistics and academic director of the MS Analytics Program at Texas A&M University, is excited about a bold new adventure he is undertaking with the program. In Fall 2018, the program will be taught solely live online.

"At this time, I am not aware of any other analytics program that is broadcasting all of their classes live," Sheather said.

The live online program will position students across North America with a competitive advantage in big data and analytics by offering them the live classroom experience from any location convenient for them, in addition to a new level of interaction for professors and students in the program.

Texas A&M's Master's of Science in Analytics program began in 2013 in the Department of Statistics in partnership with Mays Business School, both highly ranked academic programs. Although there are many new analytics programs emerging, the MS Analytics program at Texas A&M remains a top-ranked analytics program by MastersinDatascience.org. The program is distinct because it is part-time, live online and provides a unique, yet convenient way for working professionals to learn. The curriculum is approximately 67 percent statistics and 33 percent business and taught by top-ranked faculty who are experts in their fields.

"Our program gives students the ability to study in a robust academic environment amongst peer professionals in an executive style learning atmosphere," Sheather said.

The program incorporates unique features, such as a work-based capstone project as well as interactive group work throughout all five semesters. Students solve important business problems within their organization by building predictive models. Each week, students apply what they learn to their jobs, to work more efficiently or to improve their organization's data processes, collection and utilization. Peer groups share perspectives from a variety of industries, both in live online classes and in group exercises. The program also features three intensive face-to-face workshops at the beginning, middle and end of the program.

"We create a live online experience like none other," Sheather said. "Our innovative technology creates an online experience that replicates being in a classroom with your peers and professor. Students meet and interact inside and outside of class with peers, using the same technology. Office hours are available live online, you can raise your hand in class to ask questions and you foster relationship with peers just like if you were here in College Station for class."

For more information about the MS Analytics program, visit the program's newly redesigned website at http://analytics.stat.tamu.edu/.

To learn more about the Texas A&M Department of Statistics, visit http://www.stat.tamu.edu/.


Contact: Myra Gonzalez, (979) 845-6855 or myra-g@tamu.edu

Jennifer South

  • Dr. Simon J. Sheather

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