M.Sc. in Computing & Data Analytics

MSc CDA Industry Partners

An overriding MSc CDA goal is to infuse the entire program with software, tools, and insights from industry leaders in big data, analytics, and business intelligence.

MSc CDA partners with local, national, and international organizations to help students develop in-demand analytics skills and knowledge, leading to exceptional career opportunities.




IBM is helping build a smarter planet using big data and analytics to transform businesses and achieve a competitive advantage. The IBM Academic Initiative provides MSc CDA with curriculum and software to teach coveted business and technology skills. MSc CDA students use Watson, Bluemix, and IBM software to prototype applications and enhance analytics skills.


Analytics tools that help users make sense of big data are in high demand. SimplyCast has over 15 marketing and communication tools in an all-in-one platform, that enable users to create personally targeted communication campaigns. SimplyCast works with MSC CDA to explore innovative marketing and communications solutions through focused development projects.

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LeadSift started mining social media conversations for brand insights using real time data in 2012. By crawling through major social networks representing over 500 million posts daily, LeadSift’s machine learning algorithms provide actionable insights. LeadSift works with MSc CDA to explore hidden marketing opportunities through advanced analytics applications.

Digital NS
As the industry association for Nova Scotia's fastest growing sector, Digital Nova Scotia (DNS) provides advocacy, industry intelligence, and delivers high-level programming to Nova Scotia’s $1.5 billion digital technologies industry. DNS' membership-base consists of multi-nationals, SMEs, start-ups, academic institutions, and a number of industry stakeholders.


The Government of Nova Scotia, IBM, Nova Scotia Business, Inc. and a consortium of six higher education institutions are collaborating to create highly skilled jobs and nurture “economy of tomorrow” analytics skills within Nova Scotia. Saint Mary’s University is a founding member of CARET.


As the leader in business analytics software and services, SAS transforms data into insights organizations can use. SAS software is used by more than 75,000 business, government and universities around the world, including 93 of the top 100 companies on the Fortune Global 500® list. SAS provides MSc CDA with the most up-to-date statistical and quantitative tools.

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Affinio was built to help marketers understand their social audience. By analyzing the billions of network connections that exist within an audience, Affinio allows you to identify high-value audience segments and extract the contextually-relevant details needed to build impactful content and place it where it counts. Affinio is excited to partner with MSc CDA in order to help students learn to work with, and draw insights from, massive social data.

Certified Analytics Professional designation

MSc CDA is a Registered Education provider for the Certified Analytics Professional designation. CAP® is managed by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the largest professional society in the field of operations research, management science, and analytics. By completing the MSc CDA program, graduates will have fulfilled the education requirements for CAP® credential and are prepared to write the qualifying exam.

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En Point's work is aimed at providing young professionals opportunities to develop the confidence, soft-skills, and connections required to stand out in today’s marketplace and be successful in the workplace for many years to come.  More info here: YouEnPoint.com


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Homegrown and based in Nova Scotia, REDspace is an award-winning digital studio specializing in creating unforgettable, interactive experiences for some of the world’s biggest brands. We’re deeply invested in fostering talent in Nova Scotia and growing our industry. Through mutually beneficial partnerships with top institutions and post-secondary programs like MSc CDA, we work closely to bring innovations to our global clients while providing exciting career growth opportunities for both students and our employees.

Advisory Board

MSc CDA is proud to receive expert strategic advice on programming, external partnerships, and environmental scanning of issues.

  • Dr. Jamshid Vayghan
    Global CTO & VP, GBS ADM Innovation,  IBM
    IBM Distinguished Engineer, Member of IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team
    Senior Member of IEEE, Senior Certified Enterprise Architect
  • Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia
    President and CEO, Digital Nova Scotia
  • Stephen Perelgut
    IBM Canada Bluemix Ecosystem Business Development Manager, IBM
  • Jian Pei
    Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Big Data Science, Professor of Computing Science Simon Fraser University