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American University offers an MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics that students can complete primarily online. MBA candidates must take part in at least two immersion sessions during the program. Immersions last three to four days each. At least one immersion session is held in Washington, D.C., annually, with the others taking place in a variety of U.S. and international cities. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must submit two letters of recommendation. The university does not require GRE or GMAT scores, but admissions decisions take into account factors such as an applicant's GPA, relevant work experience, and any advanced degrees. The program has four start dates each year, and students must complete 48 credits to earn the degree.
Capella University offers an online MBA in Business Intelligence that allows students to take traditional classes or to use the university's FlexPath option, which allows students to move through the material at their own, faster, pace. MBA classes are 12 weeks long with a one-week break between quarters. Students in the Business Intelligence program must earn 48 credits to graduate, including 33 credits in MBA core courses and 12 credits in specialization courses, which cover topics such as statistical methods, management decision methods, and data mining. Students must also complete a capstone project that requires them to apply their knowledge to a project related to their career. Applicants to the traditional program must have maintained a 2.3 GPA or higher while earning their bachelor's degree. FlexPath applicants must have a degree in business or a related field (such as accounting) or else have at least five years of relevant business experience.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has an online accelerated MBA program that offers an emphasis in data analytics. Students can earn their MBA in 18 months or less, and while they are in the program they will gain skills they can immediately apply in their current job. Online classes are taught by practicing professionals in areas such as international operations management, corporate finance, and quantitative decision making. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester, and there is no requirement to attend any courses on campus. Students can complete their capstone project at the location of their choosing. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.75.
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Auburn University's online Master of Business Administration offers a concentration in Business Analytics. The online MBA program allows students to attend class via livestreaming, or they may choose to view class content at a time that is convenient for them. New online MBA students are encouraged to attend orientation on campus before beginning the coursework, but attendance at orientation is not required. The MBA curriculum includes eight core courses and four electives that students take to fulfill the requirements for the concentration. In the capstone course, students work together to provide consultation to real businesses. Auburn's MBA program is open to students with a bachelor's degree in any discipline. The online program is open only to residents of the United States and members of the U.S. military. Auburn is a Preferred School Partner for The Boeing Company's Learning Together program.
Baker College has an MBA in Business Intelligence that is offered through Baker Online. There is no on-campus requirement, and students can choose from four start dates each quarter. The program is designed for managers of departments other than information systems who want to learn about emerging information technologies and subjects such as data mining, analytical processing, and how information can be used to improve decision-making. The MBA program requires candidates to complete at least 53 quarter credit hours, with 33 credits in core business classes and 20 credits in the business intelligence major. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and a minimum of three years of full-time professional work experience. Submitting GRE or GMAT scores is optional.
Ohio University-Main Campus
Ohio University offers an online MBA program with a concentration in Business Analytics. Students in the program are required to attend one professional development workshop that is held over a long weekend (Friday through Sunday) on the campus in Athens, Ohio. The MBA program lasts for six semesters, with each semester consisting of two seven-week terms. Students take one course each term. Most classes are offered asynchronously, but students may occasionally be required to log in at a set time for a live lecture session. Students specializing in business analytics take core MBA courses and courses in predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, and data management and business intelligence. Applicants to the program must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and must have maintained a 3.0 GPA during their undergraduate career. The program does not require GMAT scores, but applicants should have two to five years of professional experience.
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University offers an MBA in Business Intelligence that students can complete entirely online with no requirements for campus visits. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.75. GMAT or GRE scores are not required. Students who did not study business as an undergraduate may be required to take up to five foundation courses, including business math and statistics, economics, financial reporting and analysis, business law, and human behavior in organizations. Beyond foundation courses, the degree includes eight MBA core courses, three courses in the business intelligence area, and an integrative capstone project. Courses are delivered in 10-week sessions, and students can start the program at five entry points per year.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers an online Professional MBA program with a concentration in Business Analytics. The program consists of eight core classes in topics such as financial accounting, business law and ethics, financial management, organizational behavior, marketing management, and strategic management. The four courses in business analytics cover topics such as databases and data warehouses, advanced queries and business reports, data mining, and advanced data analytics. Students can complete the program in as little as 16 to 24 months. Applicants to the program should have a 2.7 undergraduate GPA, although students who don't meet that requirement may be considered for the program if they have three years of consecutive professional work experience and exceed specific scores on the GMAT or GRE. UTC offers a variety of scholarships for online Professional MBA students, including a military scholarship, merit scholarship, and affiliate partner scholarship for students who meet specific criteria.
Thomas Edison State University
Thomas Edison State University offers a completely online accelerated MBA program that allows students to earn an MBA in Data Analytics. The 39-credit program can be completed in about 18 months. The college has six terms per year and courses run in eight-week sessions. Students may enter the MBA program in January, May or September. Students are required to earn 15 credits in core courses such as financial management, strategic operations management, and global strategic management. Data Analytics majors also take courses in managerial statistics, business forecasting, predictive analytics, and data analytics and visualization fieldwork. Some classes may occasionally require students to log in and participate at a set time. Applicants to the program must have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 and two years of related professional or managerial work experience. Prerequisite classes include financial accounting, microeconomics, and statistics; a preparatory program covering those classes is available.
University of Maryland-College Park
The University of Maryland in College Park offers an online MBA program with a specialization in Information Systems and Business Analytics that focuses on managing and analyzing data and implementing information systems. The program requires two residencies. The opening residency is a three-day, on-campus program where students meet their faculty and classmates and get started in the program. The closing residency focuses on a capstone business experience. Students can complete the program in as little as 18 months while continuing to work. Most classes are presented in an asynchronous format, although some classes may require live online videoconferencing. Classes in the specialization cover topics such as data analytics, managing digital businesses and platforms, and social media and web analytics. Students in the online program have access to a variety of career services including career coaching, access to the Smith School of Business online job database and recruiting system, and interview training.
University of St Francis
The University of St. Francis offers an MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics that can be completed fully online. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester and may take classes on a full-time or part-time basis. Students can complete the program in 12 months by taking four classes per semester (two classes per module, with two modules in a semester) for three straight semesters. USF allows students to begin taking classes in the concentration as soon as they enter the program, and classes focus on experiential learning such as case studies and team projects. The business analytics curriculum includes coursework in business forecasting and econometrics, enterprise resource computing, data mining, and business intelligence and analytics. Applicants to the MBA program should have a bachelor's degree with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75. They should also have two years of full-time experience in a management position.
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Students accepted to the Emerging Leaders MBA program at Bentley University can choose from eight areas of concentration, one of which is information systems and technology. This full-time program can be completed in two years and is designed for students with relatively little (three years) or no workplace experience (fresh graduates). The program is comprised of five foundation courses, eight core courses, and five electives from a student's field of specialization. Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited college or university within five years of applying for the program may be exempted from taking the foundation courses. Emerging Leaders MBA students can combine their degree with one of six Master of Science degrees available at the university.
The Professional Master of Business Administration (MBA) program available at Bentley University offers a concentration in information systems and technology. Students who take advantage of this option enroll in four graduate courses offered by the following departments: Computer Information Systems, Information Design and Corporate Communication, and Information and Process Management. They can take all four courses from one department to gain a deep understanding of a particular field, or enroll in courses from all three departments to gain a broad perspective on the information systems and technology space. This part-time MBA program is designed for mid-level professionals. Although the GMAT is required for admission, applicants with eight or more years of relevant work experience can request to have this admission requirement waived.
California State University-East Bay
California State University-San Bernardino
Carnegie Mellon University
Indiana University Bloomington
Keller Graduate School of Management
New York University
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Santa Clara University
The University of Alabama
The University of Tennessee
University of Bridgeport
University of California-Davis
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Georgia
University of Kansas
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of New Haven
University of Pennsylvania
Master of Business Administration - Operations, Information and Decisions Specialty, Information Systems Track
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
University of Rochester
A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a terminal degree designed to give students the full breadth of knowledge and skills needed to succeed in business. While traditional MBA programs require two years of full-time study, a variety of part-time, accelerated, and online options make it increasingly possible to pursue the credential in your own time and at your own pace.
Many MBA programs include tracks, specialties, or concentrations that allow students to focus study on areas of particular interest. This is where data science—most often in the form of business analytics—comes in.
Why an MBA?
It’s clear why MBA programs are scrambling to beef up the analytics components of their curricula. Data-savvy business leaders have an edge these days, and b-schools want their graduates to stand out in the 21st-century marketplace.
Why, though, would you, a could-be data scientist, opt for the MBA route?
Because, in short, you want to understand not only cutting-edge analytical methods but also the modern business environment in which to fruitfully deploy them.
Here’s how Florian Zettelmeyer, director of the Program on Data Analytics at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, explains the need for business leaders well-versed in the tools of data science (see “Big Data Study: Is It Really a Business School Essential?” for context):
“Business problems are owned not by the data scientists, they’re owned by the businesspeople. At the end of the day, a lot of the decisions on analytics need to be made by managers. They don’t get made and shouldn’t be made by data scientists.”
An MBA program with a data science track or concentration, then, positions you to transform data into better business decisions. Armed with the potent combination of foundational business knowledge, analytical expertise, and big-picture perspective such programs offer, you’ll be able to both identify areas of business where analytics can add value and communicate effectively with the data scientists who will crunch the numbers.
As the Kellogg School’s Zettelmeyer notes (see “Billy Beane Shows Why Leaders Can’t Leave Data Science to Data Scientists“), devising or even applying a new method of analysis is unlikely to make an impact by itself. Someone in power has to have the courage and confidence to actually alter business practices in light of the insights gleaned from the data.
An MBA with a data science specialization prepares you for careers in brand management, strategic planning, risk management, public finance, and management consulting.
Courses that count toward a concentration are typically taken in the later part of an MBA program, after you have completed the core curriculum. For a specialization in business analytics, electives may include
- Business Forecasting and Econometrics
- Marketing Analytics and Decision Making
- Data Mining for Business Analytics
- Introduction to Stochastic Processes
- Research for Consumer Insights
- Retail Analytics, Pricing, and Promotion
Other Things to Think About
- Prerequisites. To qualify for admission to an MBA program, you usually need to
- Have a bachelor’s degree. Most programs do not require a specific major, though you may need to complete certain business prerequisite courses.
- Take an admissions test. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is the most commonly required exam, but some schools will allow you to substitute the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).
- Accrue work experience. MBA programs typically expect applicants to have real-world work experience. The duration and nature of this experience can even be an important factor in admissions, particularly to the top-rated programs.
- Cost. Business school can be pricey, and a full-time program will take you out of the workforce—and thus off of the payrolls—for two years. Scholarships, fellowships, company sponsorships, and federal and private loans can all help finance your continuing education, but research your funding options and career prospects in advance. Verify that the cost-benefit analysis comes out in your favor.