“The use of big data will underpin new waves of productivity growth and consumer surplus.”

 “In the United States, we expect big data to rapidly become a key determinant of competition across sectors. But we project that demand for deep analytical positions in a big data world could exceed the supply being produced on current trends by 140,000 to 190,000 positions … by 2018.”

Big Data: The frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity, McKinsey Global Institute, May 2011. 


Data is pervasive in almost every sector of business, from finance to health care to on-line sales. A graduate trained in statistical analysis and problem-solving with real-world data will find many career opportunities.

Top employers regularly recruit Notre Dame graduates on site. The University of Notre Dame Career Center hosts events for students aiming for jobs on Wall Street, health care, and at major consulting firms. Our famously strong alumni network connects the program directly with potential employers. The Career Center hosts numerous career fairs, a Consulting Week, and also provides training in effective job search techniques, interviewing, and professional presentation.

Our program's flexibility allows students to tailor it to their professional interests. They will have the opportunity to substitute required classes with a wide range of courses in applied and computational mathematics and statistics, as well as various electives. Our students can obtain training in advanced scientific computing, analysis of “big data,” optimization, and numerous topics in applied statistics. With this solid background, graduates entering the workplace will be able to contribute immediately and meaningfully to the solution of complex quantitative problems.

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