Master of Science in Applied Statistics (MSAS)
The Master of Science in Applied Statistics (“MSAS”) and the Master of Science in Applied Statistics with a specialization in business analytics, offered jointly with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, are nationally renowned programs that prepare graduates for successful careers as statisticians in the public, private and academic sectors. This degree can be completed in as little as three semesters, while the specialization in business analytics is typically completed in four semesters.
The program allows students to tailor the program to their career goals. There are a wide variety of electives offered in applied statistics and mathematical statistics, including biology, computer science, operations research, accounting, business administration, finance, sociology, actuarial science, and math.
BGSU is excited to offer the MSAS with a specialization in business analytics. As employment opportunities for business analysts have increased, students opting to add the specialization has grown from one student when the specialization was first offered, to more than half of incoming MSAS students in the Fall of 2014. Writing on the growing opportunities in the fields of business analytics and big data, McKinsey & Company, a global management-consulting firm, found that “by 2018 the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills." The business analytics specialization at BGSU prepares students for careers using computing and data in concert with statistics by combing a foundation of statistics with skills in management of information systems and business operations. The specialization adds six credit hours to the standard curriculum, with courses covering data mining, time series analysis, and linear and integer programming. It also adds additional elective options in economics, business administration and computer science.
The MSAS strives to develop a learning environment that stimulates intellectual curiosity, enhances critical thinking, develops quantitative reasoning and problem-solving skills, encourages ethical behavior, and develops communication and leadership ability.
Graduates praise the professors in the MSAS program for taking an active role in helping them prepare for future careers and use their real world data to provide a foundation for lessons. Graduates have used their degree as a foundation to enter Ph.D. programs at top institutions like the Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan and UCLA. Former graduates have gone on to become faculty members in top universities at Yale University, Columbia University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and West Virginia University. Graduates of the program have also pursued careers in public health and clinical research with organizations such as the Harvard School of Public Health, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Eli Lilly and Company, and the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Other graduates have moved on to careers with banking, manufacturing, insurance, and other private companies. Some well-known companies that our graduates have gone on to work with include Capital One, Morgan Stanley, Honda, Nike, American Greetings, Hallmark, Microsoft, eBay, Amazon, the Walt Disney Company, Delta Airlines, BP, Nationwide Insurance, and Allstate Insurance, as well as many others.
The College of Business Administration supports students to reach their fullest potential through learning, discovery, and service. CBA graduates gain extensive business knowledge through classroom and experiential learning. The college emphasizes interactive educational experience and the ability to communicate clearly and to identify and solve problems critically, creatively, and ethically. The College of Business Administration holds accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, the pinnacle of accreditation in the field.