The University of Rochester's Simon Graduate School of Business Administration has announced that it has revamped its MS program in Business Analytics, to better meet the needs of this rapidly-shifting discipline.
“Data is ubiquitous today," says Huaxia Rui, assistant professor of computers and information systems, who oversees the program. "The ability to extract useful business insight from huge amounts of data, structured or unstructured, is crucial to the career of business school graduates.”
To meet these emerging analytical needs, the program will now feature new curriculum, including "boot camps" in R and SQL technologies, as well as a class that focuses specifically on data mining and machine learning.
Additionally, the MS program will also allow for hands-on experience in business analytics and big data roles, through a "Consulting Practicum," where students can "work with corporate clients to assess their business contexts and offer frameworks for solutions that are centered on the core competencies of strategy and technology," according to the school.
The MS in Business Analytics will now also allow students to pursue an internship, which will extend the program from 11 to 17 months.
The program updates will be introduced for the cohort that starts in the fall of 2015.
For more information, please see the Rochester - Simon press release announcing the changes to the school's MS in Business Analytics program.