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I'd like opinions on Central Connecticut State University's Masters in data mining. I'm particularly curious to know if it is possible to get a decent job in data mining just by having this Master's, without an undergrad degree in a quantitative field such as comp sci, stats, or math. (I have a bachelor's in an unrelated field.)
Ideally I'd like to go back to school for the undergrad comp sci degree first, but it is looking prohibitively expensive to do so. I suppose I can pick up some programming and database skills on my own. It does seem like programming and database skills are pretty important in this field.
I want to be able to do interesting applied statistical analysis, data mining, and text mining for a medium-to-large company.
Also, are there comparable programs in the US? That is, affordable ones that will let me get a decent data mining job in two years or so?
I'm in the program, and in my opinion it is one of the best available because the focus of the program is very applied. I find it to be fascinating. I have seen other programs that have statistics courses that explain the theory behind data mining, but they do not seem to be so applied as this one.
However, I recommend you not to take our word for granted. Nobody will be able to answer questions related to your specific situation better than the program director, Prof. Larose. You can reach him at [email protected] . He is a very approachable person. You can tell him about your experience (or lack of), your skillset, your objectives and fears, everything.
One thing, though, is that the courses are very demanding. Actually, that can even be an understatement. They are not so intellectually hard or difficult to understand, but they require A LOT of work from you (reading texbook, learning to use the programs, processing data, writing reports, etc.). If you have family and a current full time job, dont ever consider taking two courses at the same time unless you have a strong statistics background and are experienced using R. Actually, having a robust statistics background helps a lot, even for those courses that have no formal statistics prerequisite. As Jeff says, linear algebra would help too, but I dont have it either. And about Calculus, I would recommend you to talk about it with Prof. Larose if you dont have it. Dont despair if you dont,