The NDSU College of Business is now offering a Master of Science in Business Analytics. The program was approved in July 2019 and began accepting part-time students in fall 2019. Beginning fall 2020, the program will be in full swing.
The new degree focuses on the most up-to-date data mining and machine learning techniques for analyzing data. Students learn how to effectively present data to enhance decision making and apply current methodologies using current software analytics tools.
“It has been said that data is the new oil, and that organizations that can mine and understand their data can create business value and gain strategic advantage,” said Fred Riggins, MSBA program director. “Companies of all types are seeking to increase their capabilities in analyzing and gaining insights from their data. So, business professionals of all types can benefit from this degree.”
With all courses available either online or in the evening, the flexibility of the program is ideal for working professionals. Full-time students can complete the program in one year, and part-time students in two years.
The Master of Science in Business Analytics is the first STEM program offered by the College of Business. Its 30-credit curriculum requires courses in business, computer science and statistics. This multidisciplinary approach prepares graduates for careers in the growing fields of data science, business analytics and market research.
“There is a huge shortage of individuals with the skills gained from an MSBA program,” Riggins said. “As the Fargo-Moorhead area continues to be a hotbed of tech and entrepreneurial activity, it is important that NDSU be able to provide these skills to companies in the region.”