MSBA students will be prepared to sit for the INFORMS Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP) designation upon graduation. The aCAP certification is becoming less of an option and more of a requirement in the world of big data, and this notable certification will allow students access to top job opportunities. The MSBA curriculum was carefully created to ensure students are well versed in the aCAP exam key concepts.
The Eccles School offers professional career management services and an MSBA dedicated career coach to provide students with guidance on all aspects of finding a great career. Students have access to recruiting events, an exclusive jobs database and one-on-one consultations with their career coach, in addition to a career-development course.
To enhance the hands-on focus of the MSBA program, students complete a capstone project as the culmination of their degree. The capstone project allows students to work with data from real companies, demonstrate their knowledge in key areas of business analytics and complete a complex consulting-based project. Learn more about the capstone requirement.
We see the value in students gaining work experience while attending graduate school. In order to accommodate working professionals, MSBA courses are offered primarily in the evenings, with most starting at 6 p.m. A limited number of daytime electives are also available, though the required core courses are all offered in the evenings. Additionally, students can choose to attend full- or part-time – graduate school may fit into your life easier than you think.
The MSBA core and electives include courses from a variety of departments, including operations and information systems, marketing, strategy, finance and accounting. Students benefit from applying analytics knowledge to multiple business disciplines as well as networking with graduate students in other programs.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, data jobs in the private industry grew 21 percent from 2003 to 2013, more than four times as much as overall private-industry growth. In a climate where many companies are in need of data professionals, the value of an MSBA has never been greater. An industry need in a state with a top business economy means more post-graduation opportunities for careers than ever before.