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.

Industry Partners

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


IBMB

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.

 
MSc CDA Sponsor

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.


SAS

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.


Certified Analytics Professional designation

MSc CDA is a Registered Education provider for the Certified Analytics Professional designation. CAP® is managed by 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 in Nova Scotia, REDspace is an award-winning digital studio specializing in creating unforgettable, interactive experiences for some of the world’s biggest brands. Through mutually beneficial partnerships with top institutions and programs like MSc CDA, we work closely to bring innovations to our global clients while providing exciting career growth opportunities.

Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada

Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada and Saint Mary’s University created a unique scholarship program to recruit and train Canadian data scientists for jobs in the Canadian public service. Successful candidates will help implement the Government’s ambitious new Innovation and Skills Plan by leveraging data to better understand innovation outcomes across important economic sectors.

Industry Projects

Industry funded applied projects provide an excellent opportunity for students to hone their skills as both full stack developers and data analysts. Projects address a major data analytics problem identified by industry partners and emphasize project management and applying the skills and knowledge gained through MSc CDA coursework.  Here is a summary of recent industry sponsored projects:

 

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Individual Discovery Grant:  Generalized sequential data mining using enhanced object representations based on preliminary clustering profiles. $125,000

NSERC Engage Grant: Medical Diagnosis using Raman Spectrographs and Machine Learning.     $25,000

David Sobey Center for Innovation in Retailing and Services  Inventory prediction for products with short lifecycles using machine learning.     $10,000
Mitacs National Research Council

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that builds partnerships to support industrial research.  Mitacs funding provided internships for students in companies such as Hanatech, Clinical Logistics, and HomeExcept. All funding includes generous industry contributions.
Mitacs-Accelerate Cluster Graduate Research Internship Program
  • Visualization of IoT signals & optimization of sampling rate using machine learning.     $80,000
  • A fuzzy logic based alert propagation system for temporal tracking of clinical samples.    $80,000
  • Classification of human activities/detection of behavioral anomalies using thermopile sensor and machine learning.     $80,000

Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program:  R&D Projects for three companies   $50,000
National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program  (NRC IRAP) Science & Technology Assistance Program:  Environmental Data collection/visualization for course management.  10,000

 

Industry Challenges

Students build their professional networks and gain invaluable experience working on real industry challenges through hackathons and design competitions.  MSc CDA regularly sends teams to local and national competitions – with outstanding results.

 

Teams from MSc CDA finished first in the Nova Scotia Open Data Hackathon in 2017 and 2018, sponsored by Microsoft, IBM, Socrata, and the Province of Nova Scotia.

 


The International Business Analytics (IBA) Challenge

MSc CDA finished as the top Canadian team and third overall in the prestigious The International Business Analytics (IBA) Challenge. MSc CDA has sponsors teams in industry and government events alike:

  • RBC Next Great Innovator Hackathon, Toronto
  • Data for Good - Poverty Hackathon, Chief Data Office, Government of Canada
  • Data Visualization Competition, University of New Brunswick
  • Innovative Design for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition
  • IBM Bluemix Hackathon
  • Atlantic Lottery Hackathon, Payzant Home Hardware Hackathon: David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing & Services

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