Technology has enabled corporations to adopt sophisticated data collection methods, netting powerful information that can help build a competitive advantage or improve the customer experience. These advancements have created a growing need for professionals who can analyze and interpret large sets of data, commonly referred to as “Big Data,” to help guide corporate initiatives. In response to this need, The University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business has announced that it will offer a Master of Science degree in Business Analytics beginning in the fall of 2017.
The curriculum for the Master of Science in Business Analytics is designed to provide students with the technical tools necessary to analyze a variety of high-dimensional business and scientific data, including traditional descriptive techniques, contemporary data mining approaches and advanced predictive algorithms. The 30-hour program allows full-time students to complete the program in as few as 16 months, with evening courses that accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Participants can select elective courses to tailor a discipline-specific area of emphasis in health care, energy, marketing and consumer behavior, accounting forensics, information systems, finance or operations management.
In addition to courses specifically focused on data science and modeling tools, students complete three weekend-long seminars to develop the computational and software framework they need to manage, analyze and process a variety of data types. The curriculum also includes courses on the management of analytics projects and organizations, an emphasis that differentiates TU’s program from those offered by other institutions. With small class sizes, students experience significant interaction with faculty mentors and practitioners as they develop the analytical and managerial skills necessary to fulfill their personal and professional goals.
“Based on input from the college’s Executive Advisory Board, which is comprised of corporate leaders who represent a wide range of industries, our faculty has designed a program that equips professionals with a skillset currently in high demand by employers across the U.S.,” said Gale Sullenberger, dean of the Collins College of Business. “The ability to further customize the degree based on career interests gives students the opportunity to compete for jobs in a number of industries.”
Individuals interested in pursuing the Master of Science in Business Analytics should have a four-year degree in business, engineering or science from a regionally accredited university. Applicants holding baccalaureate degrees outside these areas but possessing significant professional experience in technical or data-analytic job functions will also be considered.
Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2017 semester. Prospective students can apply online.
Along with the Master of Science in Business Analytics, the Collins College of Business also offers a full-time and part-time MBA, Master of Accountancy, Master of Science in Finance and an online Master of Energy Business.