New College to offer first master’s degree

Author: Associated Press

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) – New College of Florida will move forward with its first post-graduate degree after state officials approved the plan.

The master’s degree is data science program is set to begin with eight students next year with a goal of eventually graduating 15 students each year.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune ( ) reports state lawmakers had already set aside $720,000 in recurring funding for the program. The final step was authorization from the state university system’s governing board. They voted unanimously without discussion to approve the master’s degree.

College officials hope to position the school as a leader among liberal arts schools in the data science field.

Math professor Patrick McDonald says the program complements New College’s traditional mission because many undergraduate students will take computer science and computer courses from the new professors.

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