The MS in Business Analytics kicks off in fall 2013 with a very strong incoming class. The 56 students in the inaugural cohort include graduates of Northwestern, the University of Michigan, Peking University, Indiana University, the Indian Institute of Technology, and other top schools around the world. Fourteen of the incoming students have earned degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, including several McCombs grads. The average GPA for students from schools in the United States is 3.6, and the average GMAT score is over 710, with quantitative scores averaging near the 90th percentile.
Students will use their strong quantitative backgrounds to develop deep skills in statistical analysis, predictive analytics, data mining, programming, machine learning, and optimization. The classes in finance, marketing, and supply chain analytics allow students to apply those deep analytical skills to different business disciplines.
Coursework includes a Capstone project, which spans almost the entire program. Business leaders who attended our Industry Council meeting in April expressed the need for employees who can perform complex analyses of data sets and also present on what they have discovered. Students will work on real industry projects in small teams, which allows them to use the cutting-edge analytical methods they learn in class to eventually work with the clients to “tell the story” embedded in the data.
A couple of notable organizations—Wal-mart and Deloitte Consulting—have taken the lead in providing support and guidance in the launch of the program, and they form the backbone of the strong corporate support coming from many different industry sectors and interested organizations. We welcome inquiries from any interested organization that would like to become more involved in our program to contact us on ways to engage with our program and our students. You can reach us at: firstname.lastname@example.org