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NKU’s Data Science Degree Receives National Ranking  

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June 6, 2019— Northern Kentucky University continues to lead in the world of informatics, with the College of Informatics (COI) ranked 16th for its Data Science program.

The Data Science Degree Programs Guide (DSD)  published its 20 Best Data Science Bachelor’s Degree Programs for 2019, ranking NKU’s Bachelor of Science in Data Science as the 16th best program in the nation. DSD compiled its annual publication based-off College Navigator and reviewing universities who offer the major. COI’s program received the ranking for its access, flexibility and career preparation. 

“We are the only university ranked in Kentucky, that’s a testament to our committed faculty and staff to providing our students the necessary skills tackle big data,” said Dean Kevin Kirby, College of Informatics. “The College of Informatics remains committed to graduating the most career-ready students who are leaders in this ever-changing field.”

DSD stated in its review of NKU, “Northern Kentucky University offers a Bachelor of Science in Data Science that trains graduates how to effectively use, track and manage information. Graduates will study specific data science classes to learn about data analytics, mining, processing, and visualization.”

“NKU launched its Data Science bachelor degree program in 2013, one of only three undergraduate programs at the time. The program we offer is both flexible and fluid, allowing students to gain hands-on experiences in a diverse range of subjects. Throughout their studies, our students gain the necessary skills to be effective business decision-makers,” said Dr. Maureen Doyle, Department of Computer Science chair. “We encourage all students in this program to do internships.  Graduates of this program are in high demand and are employed at companies mastering data knowledge like Great American, 84.51 and General Electric.” 

COI’s Department of Computer Science is home to three bachelor degrees, two master degrees and nine certificates and minors all aimed at producing graduates who are highly capable problem solvers and are intellectually agile, technically skilled and ethically responsible. COI was also recently ranked as a top school for women in computer science

For the full list of DSD’s 20 Best Data Science Bachelor’s Degree Programs rankings, visit its website.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit