Read This Before You Apply to a Business Analytics Master’s Program
Considering a master’s in business analytics? Here are four things to know before you apply.
1. You must be interested in the business side.
There’s a reason “business analytics” is called just that—it’s centered on how data insights can be used to solve business problems. Degrees like the online Master of Science in Business Analytics from Carnegie Mellon University build business knowledge and communication skills at the same time as they teach advanced analytical skills.
“You’ll learn multivariate regression models in one class, and in another learn to use those skills to model customer preferences, create sales-forecasting models, and use the information as the underpinning for strategy,” explained David Lamont, associate teaching professor in the Tepper School of Business.
2. Problem-solving is as important as programming skills.
MSBA applicants usually need to know basic mathematics, statistics, and have some programming capabilities. But those who excel in analytics have a relentless curiosity and are unafraid of tackling difficult problems.
If you are someone who wants to learn how to apply your analytical skills to make a real impact within an organization, then you are well-suited for a business analytics degree.
3. It really is possible to complete a master’s while working full time.
Online programs like Tepper’s are built with professionals in mind, offering asynchronous coursework and live sessions that meet in evenings.
“Life doesn't stop just because you're in school,” said Andrew Kwiatkowski, an MSBA student at Tepper. “CMU is famously rigorous but the professors and staff have provided terrific support and guidance.”
4. Make sure the degree will give you a good return on your investment.
Going back to school is an investment of your money and your time. That’s why it’s important to choose a program that will
- give you long-term skills for your entire career arc,
- provide a professional network that you’ll actually want to access, and
- add cachet to your resume.
“The Tepper MSBA degree carries a network and it carries an exceptional brand. But it’s not just these benefits: we don’t let people out the door unless they have real skills. That’s part of the DNA of CMU as well as Tepper,” said Lamont.
The online Master of Science in Business Analytics from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business features a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses data visualization, machine learning, large-scale data management and more.
Begin your application or talk to an admissions counselor at 888-876-8959.