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<p>Master’s in Computer Science versus Data Science</p> <p>Two pathways to Next Generation Careers</p> <p>With today’s high demand for software solutions and data analysis, professionals are pursuing graduate education to advance their knowledge and skills, but some have the dilemma of deciding which master’s program is the best fit – computer science or data science. While the programs share some similarities, there are also key differences to consider. Explore the benefits of Lewis University’s online Master of Science in Computer Science and Master of Science in Data Science programs.</p> <p>The Big Picture</p> <p>Computer Science focuses on shaping the science of technology. What you’ll learn is advanced computing, including in depth experience in developing enterprise scale applications, database systems, security solutions and automated systems. It’s for developing next generation technology in software, cyber security and intelligent systems. Computer Science matters because it’s the prime mover of today’s technological innovations.</p> <p>Data Science is discovering the meaning within big data. You’ll learn the mathematics and computer science analyzing large data collections using data mining, data visualization, predictive analysis and efficient data management. It’s for honing subject matter expertise and the skills needed to clarify the meaning of large data sets, which can help lead to better organization decision-making. It matters because data is important to any company, and the sheer quantity of it requires experts who can make sense of it.</p> <p>Careers for Computer Science can include; Application Developer, Computer Engineer, Computer Programmer, Database Architect, Database Developer, Data Center Manager, I T Engineer, Mobile Specialist, Network Administrator, Network Architect, Software Engineer, Systems Architect, Systems Programmer, and Web Developer. These jobs include the potential salary ranges from 68,664 to 146,807 across a range of professions. Software developers are second only to nurses in employer demand.</p> <p>Careers for Data Scientist can include; Business Intelligence Manger, Business Systems Analyst, Clinical Researcher, Computational Biologist, Data Analyst, Database Developer, Data Scientist, Data Strategist, Health Informatics Analyst, Financial Analyst, Marketing Analyst, Predictive Modeler Researcher, Research Analyst, Risk Analyst, and Statistician. The median advertised salary for technical professionals with big data expertise is 124000 dollars per year. Three large tech companies alone advertised more than 26000 positions requiring big data expertise in 2015.</p> <p>Program Details</p> <p>When going for your Computer Science Masters you can specialize with concentrations in Cyber Security, Intelligent Systems, and Software Engineering. When studying Data Science, you can focus on concentrations like Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and Computer Science. You can also receive graduate certificates in Data Science and Data Science in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Each program takes 2 years to complete with Computer Science needing 32 credits to graduate <sup>1</sup>, while Data Science needs 33 credits. <sup>2</sup></p> <p>Computer Science costs 25,440 dollars with the requirements of having an undergraduate degree preferably in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mathematics, or information systems. Data Science costs 26235 dollars and requires an undergraduate, degree including undergraduate math coursework in calculus.</p> <p>Learn more about Lewis University’s online master’s programs.</p> <p>Resources include:</p> <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Master_of_Science_(MS)_Computer_Science_(CS)/Salary">http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Master_of_Science_(MS)_Computer_Science_(CS)/Salary</a> <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2015/11/16/where-big-data-jobs-will-be-in-2016/#54b04e0f7f16">http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2015/11/16/where-big-data-jobs-will-be-in-2016/#54b04e0f7f16</a> <a href="www.fastcompany.com/3054142/the-future-of-work/these-will-be-the-most-in-demand-jobs-in-2016">www.fastcompany.com/3054142/the-future-of-work/these-will-be-the-most-in-demand-jobs-in-2016</a> <a href="www.dataversity.net/big-data-hiring-trends-for-2016/">www.dataversity.net/big-data-hiring-trends-for-2016/</a> <a href="www.forbes.com/sites/stevemorgan/2016/01/02/one-million-cybersecurty-job-openings-in-2016/#108f46977d27">www.forbes.com/sites/stevemorgan/2016/01/02/one-million-cybersecurty-job-openings-in-2016/#108f46977d27</a> <p><sup>1</sup> Depending on previous academic preparation, applications may need to take up to 12 additional credit hours for total of 44 credit hours. Time to completion would then be up to 3 years and the total tuition would then be up to 34980 dollars.</p> <p><sup>2</sup> Depending on previous academic preparation, applications may need to take up to 6 additional credit hours for total of 39 credit hours. Time to completion could then exceed 2 years and the total tuition would then be up to 31005 dollars.</p>