Master of Science in Business Analytics
The new Master of Science in Business Analytics will prepare graduates to collect, analyze, and interpret data. It is designed for students holding or in the process of earning a baccalaureate degree in the fields of business, economics, finance, marketing, mathematics, engineering, or computer science.
The MSBA is a 30-credit program featuring two concentrations:
- Analytics for Managers
- Healthcare Data Analytics
Business analytics (BA) is the practice of iterative, methodical exploration of an organization’s data with emphasis on statistical analysis. It focuses on developing new insights and understanding of business performance based on data and statistical methods. The MSBA program will prepare professionals for collecting, analyzing and interpreting information in order to make sound strategic business decisions.
The MS in Business Analytics is completed in 12 months with hybrid courses taken in trimester format. Courses are offered online with select Saturday sessions. Saturday classes meet at our West Campus in Fairfield, CT from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Preparation for the Workplace
Students will be proficient in Excel, SQL, Tableau and Python. Students will also be prepared to sit for Python certification at the completion of the program.
Our STEM-focused program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) offers cutting-edge training in data management with a curriculum grounded in rigorous analytics and applied techniques. Students must demonstrate strength in mathematics, from statistics to the development, critique and use of various statistical models. The program includes instruction in probability theory, statistical analysis, numerical methods, computation and simulation methods and more. STEM Program benefits include:
- Equipping students to compete for jobs in the growing STEM field
- Job-market advantage due to the consistent employment demand in these fields
- Access to higher paying jobs
- Students can be approved to partake in the program for a 12-month or extended 36-month period
The demand for such professionals is increasing in the marketplace. According to IBM, the number of jobs for all US data professionals will increase by 364,000 openings to 2,720,000 by 2020. In a joint report, PWC and Business – Higher Education Forum (BHEF) note that 69% of the employers surveyed indicated a preference for job candidates with data science and analytics skills while only 23% of educators surveyed noted they were producing such graduates. International Data Corporation (IDC) notes in a 2016 report that the worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics (BDA) will grow from $130.1 billion in 2016 to more than $203 billion in 2020. It is against this backdrop that the WCOB plans to launch the Master of Science in Analytics (MSBAN) Program in Fall 2019.
 “The Quant Crunch: How The Demand For Data Science Skills Is Disrupting The Job Market,” Research Report by Burning Glass Technologies, Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), and IBM. Download this report.
 “Investing in America’s data science and analytics talent: The Case for Action,” Research Report by Business-Higher Education Forum and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Download this report.
 “Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide,” Report by International Data Corporation. Download this report.