Big Data brings big academic opportunities

Educational opportunities in advanced-degree analytics programs arrive with land rush speed

By , Computerworld |  IT Management, education

Northwestern University's new Master of Science in Analytics began this week with 32 students, according to Chris Bray, the assistant director of the program. The program, which is in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was developed with the help of IBM.

Of the students in the Northwestern program, one third enrolled directly from an undergrad program, another third had one to five years of work experience, and the remaining third have five to 10 years of experience. The median age is 27, said Bray.

It is a 15-month, full-time program, and while it is part of the industrial engineering program, the curriculum is designed to bring together information technology, data science and business so that students will be able to analyze the data and "communicate the value of it," said Bray.

A common element in all these programs is a need for a strong quantitative background, which could include work in math, computer science, engineering, life sciences, finance and other studies that have foundational quantitative skills.

In April, the New York University Stern School of Business announced a new Master of Science in Business Analytics that will be offered in Shanghai and at the school's NYC campus. The program will begin in May 2013.

University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business launched a Master of Science in Business Analytics, with classes that began Sept. 5th. There are 16 students enrolled in a part-time program, although some students may be able to elect full-time schedules in some terms.

The program is expected to take two years, assuming part-time enrollment and some waivers on business foundation courses, said a spokeswoman at the university.

Michigan State University new master's degree program in business analytics will begin in January. Announced in concert with IBM, it will start with an enrollment of 10 students with plans to expand in the following years.

Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, announced this month a Masters of Business Administration degree focused on business analytics. The first class will begin next summer with as many as 25 students and take 24 months to complete.

Louisiana State University and SAS, a business analytics firm, said last month that they were collaborating on a Master of Science in Analytics program. LSU ran a pilot program that finished this year with nine students.

All the graduates of the LSU analytics program got jobs within weeks of graduation


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