Many applicants are increasingly interested in an MBA in Business Analytics. Certainly, with the rise of big data, businesses increasingly need managers who can quickly analyze and understand the implications of huge amounts of information.
An MBA program with a specialization in Business Analytics or Big Data is valuable because it allows students to understand how to collect, sort, and understand the implications of data, and then to understand how to leverage data to meet strategic goals.
While post-MBA careers in business analytics can range from analyst-level positions to business intelligence managers, the concepts can be applied broadly, especially in marketing, supply chain, and operations functions.
Although some schools offer MBA specializations in Business Analytics / Big Data, increasingly, business schools are teaching these concepts in their MBA programs’ core curriculum. For students looking to go deeper, some business schools offer specialized master’s program in Business Analytics / Big Data.
See below for the top 10 MBA programs in Business Analytics and Big Data.
Launched in 2013, Stern’s Center for Business Analytics publishes research and provides networking opportunities. The school offers an MBA specialization in Business Analytics, as well as a Master of Science in Business Analytics. Fusing the school’s strengths in business analytics and finance, the school also offers an MBA specialization in Financial Systems and Analytics.View School Profile
Through the school's MBA concentration in Business Analytics, students can more effectively understand concepts in data mining, statistical modeling, and project management. The school also offers a 12-month MS in Business Analytics. Some students choose to pair the MBA and the specialized master’s program.View School Profile
Wharton’s recently-launched MBA major in Business Analytics provides students with an understanding of how to solve real-world problems by leveraging data. The school hosts several related research centers, inclusion the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative and Wharton People Analytics.View School Profile
HEC Paris is one of the few European business schools that's added analytics curriculum to its MBA program. In 2013, the school partnered with IBM to add business analytics courses to its MBA specialization in strategy. Students can also take advantage of the school’s Business Analytics Club, which puts on networking and informational events.View School Profile
Although the MBA program’s core curriculum touches on many aspects in big analytics and big data, for students who want to dig deeper, the school also offers a dedicated concentration in Business Analytics. Fox’s Global Center for Big Data in Mobile Analytics publishes relevant research and puts on an annual “Big Data Conference." Additionally, the school also offers an MS degree in Business Analytics.View School Profile
With a strong tradition of education and research in technology, it’s no surprise that Carnegie Melon’s Tepper Business School was one of the first to integrate analytics elements in their MBA programs. Indeed, today, the school’s MBA track in Business Analytics leverages the school’s research strengths in subjects like operations and information systems. Even the MBA’s core curriculum provides a great overview of analytics, with classes like “Probability and Statistics” and “Statistical Decision-Making."View School Profile
Established in 2014, Scheller’s Business Analytics Center puts on networking events and produces relevant research. The school’s MBA concentration in Business Analytics touches on process analysis and design, business intelligence, marketing research, and other topics.View School Profile
Since opening in 2011, Goizueta’s Marketing Analytics Center provides students and faculty with networking opportunities through conferences and other events. The school offers several MBA concentrations that are relevant to business analytics, including one in Marketing Analytics and other in Decision Analysis.View School Profile
Since partnering with IBM in 2013 to launch a Business Analytics Center, NUS has launched a Master of Science in Business Analytics, the first of its kind in Singapore. Students in NUS’ MBA program can be exposed to analytics through such classes as "Analytics for Managers."View School Profile
Imperial has ramped up its analytics footprint in recent years: in 2015, it open a business analytics research center with partner KPMG; that same year, it also launched an MSc in Business Analytics program. Even though Imperial’s core MBA program does not have a specialization in Business Analytics, it does offer a suite of analytics-related electives.View School Profile
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