Why a MS in Analytics Degree?
The explosion of modern computing power and data acquisition techniques has created a job market which seeks people with a strong background in fundamental statistical analysis, operations research, management of information systems, and computer science. Today, corporations have come to realize that the collection and storage of large amounts of business operations data has become increasingly easy and inexpensive.
However, having the ability to analyze, make sense of the data, and use it as a predictive tool is what gives a corporation a competitive edge. Data/Business analysts are professionals who have the analytical and technical expertise to make sense of the data. The MS in Analytics at BGSU is designed to position students for a successful career in analytics. View the MS in Analytics Fact Sheet to find out more.
- Full-time, cohort, 12-month program
- Focus on hands-on experience and applications
- Analytical skills in descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics
- Technical skills in database management, business intelligence and big data analytics
- Soft skills in management and leadership
- An integrated experience in analytics projects
- Taught by full-time faculty
- Approved for affiliation as a Professional Science Master’s degree by the Commission on Affiliation of PSM Programs which provides a competitive advantage for graduates
Why a MSA at Bowling Green State University?
The MSA at BGSU is an interdisciplinary graduate program that involves four departments across two colleges. BGSU already thrives on its strong and nationally recognized faculty, undergraduate and graduate programs in statistics, operations research, management of information systems and computer science. BGSU has embraced a long standing tradition of collaborations among faculty from these fields. These strengths and traditions at BGSU put the university in a unique position to offer a high quality MS in Analytics degree.
In a 2017 Report, the Business-Higher Education Forum, a nonprofit membership group of Fortune 500 CEOs, college leaders and the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, found that by 2020, about 2.72 million job postings will seek workers with skills in data science and analytics (DSA). The analysis also found the demand for DSA skills is growing in all industries, and revealed that by 2021, 69% of employers expect candidates with DSA skills to get preference for jobs in their organizations.
Graduates with a MSA degree are in high demand, and as companies tap into big internal and external data sets, the demand for these jobs with excellent pay, benefits and career advancement opportunities will continue to increase.
Upon completion of the graduate degree, students in Analytics are expected to be able to:
- Analyze data using statistical and operations research techniques pertaining to descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics
- Apply computer algorithmic, data base management, and business intelligence techniques using software and hardware platforms pertaining to big data analytics
- Implement project management skills necessary to manage the scope, time, cost, and quality of analytic projects
- Evaluate how analytics are applied to critical tasks facing business decision-making
- Communicate effectively orally, in writing and through the use of creative data presentation and visualization
Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.
Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Analytics program does not lead to professional licensure.
Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
The Analytics program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.