New Graduate Programs Prepare Rutgers–Camden Students in Cutting-Edge Disciplines

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Rutgers Board of Governors approves Ph.D. and master’s degree in prevention science; master’s degree in data science

April 12, 2022

By Tom McLaughlin

The Rutgers Board of Governors on Tuesday unanimously voted to approve three new graduate programs – a Ph.D. program and a master’s program in prevention science, and a master’s program in data science – to be offered by the Graduate School at Rutgers University–Camden. The programs are scheduled to launch in fall 2022.

Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Antonio D. Tillis applauded the Rutgers Board of Governors for recognizing the demand for highly skilled expertise in these fields. “Through our new prevention science program, practitioners will receive an interdisciplinary approach to helping communities address social policy issues,” said Chancellor Tillis. “Similarly, our data science program will provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of technology and its applications.”

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The Ph.D. in Prevention Science program at Rutgers University–Camden requires 60 credits – 45 from coursework and 15 from the doctoral dissertation.

The Ph.D. in Prevention Science program at Rutgers University–Camden requires 60 credits – 45 from coursework and 15 from the doctoral dissertation. The M.S. in Prevention Science is a two-year program that requires 30 credits for completion. Both programs will deliver an interdisciplinary approach to address the most challenging programs facing communities and individuals.

“Prevention science often is at the heart of housing policy experiments,” said Robert Atkins, interim dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University–Camden. “It offers guidance to the design and assessment of programs to reduce crime and the effective targeting of government and philanthropy grants rest on the principles of prevention science.”

The distinctive focus of the Rutgers–Camden program – intervention, causal analysis, and statistical sophistication – will prepare graduates of the program to conduct research of the highest quality. Graduates will be equipped with the tools necessary for experimental work in international development, educational reform, healthcare, and other areas. Additionally, the expanding recognition of the need for prevention science researchers means that Ph.D. graduates are recruited by universities, governments, private research organizations, and philanthropies.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Rutgers–Camden prevention science program offers a broad focus on a wide range of social problems, including issues related to health, education, business, psychology, human development, and criminal justice.

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Students in the M.S. in Data Science program at Rutgers–Camden will receive a strong background in data science fundamentals.

Students in the M.S. in Data Science program at Rutgers–Camden will receive a strong background in data science fundamentals, including data visualization, technical project management and agile practices, data management and integration, and applied research and statistical methodologies.

“This program is designed for those seeking careers – and career advancement – in data science,” says Interim Dean Atkins. “Given the growing emphasis on data across a wide range of occupations, the program will serve students with a variety of career aspirations.”

This new Rutgers–Camden program will incorporate the latest trends in data science into the curriculum while remaining responsive to local industry needs through a multidisciplinary curriculum. A hands-on, applied focus will bridge the gap between knowledge and practice and ensure that students receive the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to be successful in a multitude of environments.

Classified as a Carnegie R2 research university, Rutgers University–Camden currently offers Ph.D. programs in childhood studies, computational and integrative biology, and public affairs, as well as the doctor of nursing practice degree in the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden. For a complete listing of graduate degree-granting programs, visit Rutgers–Camden’s website.