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New graduate degrees reflect the needs of industries

Monday, December 9, 2013
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New graduate degrees reflect the needs of industries
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Everything from new developments in a particular field to the evolution of technology are influencing the graduate programs available at colleges and universities. Duke University in North Carolina is among those schools which plan to introduce new graduate programs to prepare students for tomorrow's careers.

According to The Herald-Sun, Duke recently received approval to launch six new graduate degree programs — five master's degrees and one doctoral degree — in 2014. The master's degrees will focus on bioethics and science policy, historical and cultural visualization, medical physics, statistical science and economics and computation.

A program focused on statistical science reflects the greater emphasis companies are placing on the collection and analysis of big data. In today's world, there is rising demand for economists and computer scientists who possess sophisticated computational skills and knowledge of the economic principles that influence technology, the news source reported.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that professionals in a variety of fields use big data, from business and government to health care and science. With the demand for big-data professionals on the rise, Duke's new degree is sure to be appealing.

Duke's new doctoral program in biostatistics is designed to address the shortage of biostatisticians who can conduct medical research in the fields of education, government and industry, according to The Herald-Sun.

By Monique Smith

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