DePaul University continuously examines business trends to design academic programs to meet students' current and future educational needs. That's why the university's business school is introducing a Master of Science (MS) in Business Analytics this fall.
“Business analytics is a broad term used for an emerging academic and professional field that incorporates tools and techniques that help businesses find unique insights and solve problems in more rigorous ways,” says Garry Cooke, director of recruitment and admission at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. “The degree prepares students for existing and emerging roles in all functional areas of business.”
Cooke notes that all industries are requiring increasing levels of sophistication and comfort with analytics, which has led business analytics to become one of the fastest growing fields. A Graduate Management Admissions Council survey of recruiters found that 71 percent of employers plan to place recent business school graduates into data analytics roles in 2018.
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DePaul’s MS in Business Analytics degree is designed to meet this industry-wide need for business professionals who have exceptional data analysis skills. Through the program, students learn techniques for turning complex data into solutions that drive business decisions -- skills that can be applied to a variety of fields, including economic forecasting, finance, health care, hospitality, human resources, marketing and supply chain management.
“Our program is unique in that it is equally focused on developing students data analytic skills and business acumen,” says Robert Rubin, management professor and and interim associate dean for advanced learning. “We see analytics and business acumen as inextricably linked. That is, our students will develop the ability not only to derive unique business insights, but also learn how to make a business case associated with these insights.”
Students in the program learn to master emerging analytic tools and to effectively communicate business results within the management decision-making process, he says.
“This program is designed for students who are interested in working in business intelligence or data science units within organizations. It is also geared toward working professionals who want to incorporate more analytics into their current and future positions.”