Unlock knowledge and insight from the data revolution.

The Big Data revolution promises to transform the world. Businesses are mining data about their customer's preferences. Organizations are analyzing data about their business processes to design more efficient processes. Data analysis is transforming the fundamental scientific process from a top-down, theory-driven process into a data-driven process. It's little surprise that in 2018, “data scientist” is the top in-demand job in Glassdoor’s annual survey for the third year in a row. 

Mercyhurst’s Data Science undergraduate major is designed to equip you with the skills you need to become a data scientist. This multidisciplinary program combines techniques from computer science and statistics to clean, manage, analyze and interpret data. Data Science majors will be well prepared for careers in a number of fields, skilled at determining actionable insights about the meaning of data for decision-makers in businesses, public agencies and nonprofits.

Fast Facts

  • Data Science is a field at the intersection of computer science and statistics, which makes it more exciting than computer science because you're applying computer algorithms to real-world problems and more employable that statistics

  • Data Science is the perfect second major with any art, science, humanities, business, or social and natural science field

  • Through real-world projects and hands-on experiences with specialized tools and software, you’ll learn to think critically about the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of the field

  • Data Scientist has been named the best job in America for three years running, with a median base salary of $110,000.


Take classes and conduct projects in Mercyhurst’s new MCPc Cyber Education Center, an 8,000-square-foot state-of-the-art cyber training and mitigation facility.


Nearly every industry publication and research firm—from IBM to Harvard Business Review—is reporting that demand for data scientists is far outstripping supply.


Data science has applications across nearly every academic and professional discipline, from the humanities and social sciences to the natural and health sciences. 

The MCPc Cyber Education Center includes four separate spaces: 

  • A Cyber Security Lab
  • A Security Operations Room
  • Two Computer Labs

The Cyber Security Lab features 20 individual terminals, each outfitted with high-end computing power and large monitors. The lab operates on an independent network with its own servers and firewalls, completely isolated from the campus network. In addition, the lab features virtual forensic workstations, mobile devices for exploitation tests, threat-analysis software packages, and other relevant platforms.

The Security Operations Room is staffed and operated by Cleveland-based technology firm MCPc. Two full-time MCPc employees work with and hire Mercyhurst students to address real-time cyber security threats. 

The Computer Labs provide hands-on education to undergraduate and graduate students in Mercyhurst’s cyber, data science and intelligence programs. 

See what industry and government leaders are saying about the new cyber facility.

Contact Us

M. Afzal Upal, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Computing and Information Science
Office: Library 412
Phone: 814-824-2117