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 “data scientist” is regularly named the top in-demand job in Glassdoor’s annual survey.

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 than 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.

In The Classroom

Nearly 50 Mercyhurst students from the Cyber Security, Data Science, Intelligence Studies, Business and Competitive Intelligence, Accounting, and Sport Business Management majors recently took and passed the PCEP-02 certification exam. The PCEP-02 credential is the industry "board-exam" equivalent of programming assessment in Python programming. Per the Python Institute, this Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer certification is a professional credential that measures a candidate's ability to accomplish coding tasks related to the essentials of programming in the Python language. While cyber security experts and data scientists particularly benefit from this programming knowledge, it is valuable in many industries and is an excellent resume feature.

students and certificates

Center for Intelligence Research Analysis and Training (CIRAT)

Our CIRAT program works to hone and professionalize the skills of students in Intelligence Studies and Computer Information Science programs. As a nonprofit arm of Mercyhurst University, CIRAT develops opportunities with business and government entities through contracts, grants, and academic partnerships. Students of all academic levels can participate in CIRAT to apply their skills in a variety of collaborative intelligence and data-driven projects. By participating in CIRAT, Mercyhurst students gain a competitive edge; upon graduation, they already have applicable, hands-on experience working with national security organizations, U.S. government agencies, private sector businesses, and more.


The Federal Resources Corporation Cyber Education Center is an 8,000-square-foot state-of-the-art cyber training and mitigation facility providing classroom and experiential learning spaces on the campus of Mercyhurst University.


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.