Master of Science in Business Analytics
Business analytics aims to turn big data into actionable intelligence. To that end, business analysts use a variety of statistical and quantitative methods, computational tools, and predictive models – as well as their knowledge of finance, the corporate world, and the economy – to make data-driven decisions. With the emergence of today's data-driven revolution, the Business Analytics Master’s program trains participants in how to uncover highly relevant data insights using advanced analytics and technologies. A joint report by PwC and the Business-Higher Education Forum indicates that data science and analytics job postings will rise to 2.72 million by 2020, and revealed that by 2021, 69 percent of employers will seek candidates with data science and analytics skills.
The goal of the Business Analytics program is to prepare students with the requisite knowledge to implement data gathering, cleansing, integration, and modeling tasks as well as data asset analysis for business applications. The program will build on the basic business core courses by adding the necessary advanced courses in the Statistics, Data, and Business Analytics Domains. These courses will cover statistical methods, data warehousing, dimensional modeling, big-data analytical methods, and visualization tools and techniques and will introduce topics such as machine learning and predictive analytics. Students will have the skills and experience to create and manage big data initiatives as well as associated business processes facilitating large-scale business data analytics in organizations. Program graduates will not only drive decision-making across companies and government agencies, but will also act as catalysts for growth.