The MS in business analytics program is designed for working professionals to develop the skill sets needed to address the massive amount of data that has become universally available and to leverage this toward successful business and decision-making applications. The program provides a strong quantitative foundation that is inclusive of advanced statistics, data mining, text mining, tools for analysis and presentation.
Numerous business functions and industries have noted the significant need for individuals who possess the quantitative, analytical and presentation skills required to apply data to the solution of business problems, to create new business opportunities and to support innovative practices. These skills also are critical to decision making in the nonprofit, governmental and education industries as well as to entrepreneurs and small business managers. The program content emphasizes statistics and other analytical tools that enable graduates to use sophisticated means to mine, analyze, evaluate and present data of varying types in multiple organizational environments.
Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of quantitative reasoning.
- Understand how to select and apply data and analytical tools in organizational decision making.
- Demonstrate skills in delivering and presenting analytical results and recommendations at all levels of an organization.
The MS in business analytics curriculum consists of 33 credits and is designed to provide a specialized education to students who seek to achieve leadership positions within businesses and other organizations that require sophisticated analytics to achieve their goals.
Through a partnership with SAS, graduates of this program will be issued a Certificate in Business Analytics Using SAS. This certificate will serve as the foundation for students to pursue any of the official SAS Certification exams to further distinguish themselves as top analytics professionals.
The Demand for Business Analytics
The field of business analytics is experiencing tremendous growth creating a need for professionals with the ability to use the insights derived from big data to drive strategic business planning. In recent years, business analytics has become a high priority in industries ranging from insurance and financial services to marketing and manufacturing organizations.
According to Gartner, Inc., a leading information technology research company, more than 4.4 million IT jobs will be created globally to support big data by 2015. Of those, 1.9 million jobs will be created in the U.S. alone. These will include operations research analysts, business intelligence professionals, data analysts, analytics developers and social media data analysts.
Businesses nationally and globally will continue to put great emphasis on business analytics, thus creating a need for highly-skilled and well-trained professionals.
Start Dates: Fall (late August), Spring (late January)
The Quinnipiac Advantage
The School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a voluntary international accreditation earned by only 5 percent of the business schools in the world. In 2015, Quinnipiac's online graduate business programs were ranked #15 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in the Best Online Graduate Business Programs category. In addition, The Princeton Review ranks Quinnipiac's School of Business as an outstanding school in its 2014 edition of its annual guidebook, "The Best 295 Business Schools."