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Big Data Analytics Master's Degrees: 20 Top Programs

These one-year and two-year graduate programs are just what's needed to close the big-data talent gap. Read on to find a school that fits your ambitions and background.
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University of Connecticut, Graduate Learning Center, Hartford, Conn.

Degree: Master of Science in Business Analytics and Project Management

School: School of Business, Department of Operations and Information Management

Description: Hybrid face-to-face and online program combining in-depth course work in both advanced business analytics and project management along with a broad choice of elective courses. Business analytics courses focus on data development, storage, retrieval and utilization. Also covers data preparation, predictive modeling, model assessment and model implementation as well as decision analysis, optimization, simulation, sensitivity analysis, time-series analysis and network modeling.

Project management courses focus on designing, managing and re-engineering business processes; project management; project time, scope and quality management; project communications management; project cost and risk management; project procurement management; understanding leadership type, behavioral strengths and motivators; influencing customers, managing team collaboration and productivity, and change management.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Completion of a one-semester college-level calculus course. GMAT or GRE test.

Full-time program: 1 year.

Part-time options: Yes. Can be completed in 3.5 years.

Distance learning options: Selected courses.

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11/6/2015 | 2:46:31 PM
New Master of Science in Business Analytics at the College of William & Mary in Virginia
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia approved a new Master of Science in Business Analytics degree at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business. The residential-based degree program will launch in August 2016.

W&M's one year master's program promises to address the growing demand for data science talent. The program is designed to give students the advanced skills necessary to help businesses use big data to gain a competitive advantage. The program will provide comprehensive coverage of analytic methodologies with a focus on four skill areas: business acumen, applied mathematics, computing technologies and communicating with impact. The curriculum will include coursework in data visualization, optimization, algorithms, database management, machine learning and probability and statistics.

"We designed the program to enable our graduates to ask the right business questions, identify the real problems, build the right models, analyze those models using the right methodologies and successfully interpret and convey the results to business managers," said Jim Bradley, lead faculty sponsor for the program. "Graduates of this program will know how to communicate results in plain, managerial terms that are relevant and effective in business settings."

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10/8/2015 | 3:12:29 PM
SMU Online Master of Science in Data Science

DataScience@SMU prepares data science professionals to understand, manage and analyze large data sets, as well as communicate the results. Blending the flexibility of online learning with an interdisciplinary curriculum, this Master of Science in Data Science program allows students to benefit from Southern Methodist University's connection to the global business community without having to relocate. Professors from the Dedman School of Humanities and Sciences, the Lyle School of Engineering, and the Meadows School of the Arts collaborated on the curriculum to create a degree that gives students foundations in data science that can be applied in many different areas.

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3/30/2015 | 4:11:54 PM
Professional Master's Program in Big Data at Simon Fraser University
In 2014, the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University launched the Professional Master's Program in Big Data. This hands-on program is intended for students with some programming experience who wish to learn more about the state-of-the-art in data analysis.

As there is no research component, the M.Sc. in Big Data is geared towards students who wish to prepare for an exciting, well-paid career in the data science industry.

The program is 16 months in length. More info here:

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3/25/2015 | 6:51:09 AM
Big data Analytics

The definition of big data holds the key to understanding big data analytics. According to the Gartner IT Glossary, Big Data is high-volume, high-velocity and high-variety information assets that demand cost effective, innovative forms of information processing for enhanced insight and decision making.

- Volume refers to the amount of data. Many factors are contributing to high volume: sensor and machine-generated data, networks, social media, and much more. Enterprises are awash with terabytes and, increasingly, petabytes of big data.

- Variety refers to the number of types of data. Big data extends beyond structured data such as numbers, dates and strings to include unstructured data such as text, video, audio, click streams, 3D data and log files.

-Velocity refers to the speed of data processing. The pace at which data streams in from sources such as mobile devices, clickstreams, high-frequency stock trading, and machine-to-machine processes is massive and continuously fast moving.

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11/13/2014 | 12:22:09 PM
MS in Analytics at the University of San Francisco
The University of San Francisco offers the MS in Analytics, jointly offered by the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Management. It is an intensive one-year (July-June) program that provides students with the skills necessary to develop techniques and processes for data-driven decision-making. The program covers topics such as data mining, machine learning, statistical models, predictive analytics, econometrics, optimization, risk analysis, data visualization, business communication and management science. USF's Analytics Program is highly technical and students write R and Python programs for most of their courses. Throughout their program, students work with an industrial partner in the practicum to gain real world experience. 

Pre-requisites include: a bachelor's degree, courses covering programming languages, inferential statistics, calculus and linear algebra, and either the GRE or GMAT exam.
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11/11/2014 | 9:42:25 PM
Re: Master of Business Analytics - Deakin University, Australia (online or onCampus)
Don't forget Bond University on the Gold Coast. They offer a digital business degree that covers all of the necessary topics and drill down into data science, big data, programming, systems design, cyber security, etc. Plus the course is offered over 3 semesters per year so the course is over in 2 years. They have strong links with Australian businesses and almost all grads land a great job straight from Uni...there is a lot of demand for data scientists in QLD at the moment and most jobs pay > $150k pa.
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11/4/2014 | 10:01:45 AM
Master of Science in Analytics at Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, offers a cohort, 12-month Master of Science in Analytics (from August to August). It is an inter-disciplinary program that offers the following strength and uniqueness:
  • 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
  • Collaborations with the Center for Business Analytics

For more information, please visit BGSU websit.

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10/20/2014 | 6:01:24 AM
Re: Master of Business Analytics - Deakin University, Australia (online or onCampus)
I am looking to do Masters of Business Analytics. I am just concerned with the quality of programs in Australia and the best universities to do with. As far as I know there are only few in Australia that provides this degree, namely Deaking, Melbourne Business School, Victoria Uni, RMIT. I am just not sure on how to go ahead with either of them as there is no performance information, existing alumini you could speak to, rankings, etc that usually helps a student to make a decision. 


could you please help.
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10/14/2014 | 6:45:39 AM
Nice, keep updates...
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7/3/2014 | 12:01:16 PM
Business Analytics MS at McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
The McCombs School of Business offers a challenging, intensive one-year program for recent graduates with quantitative and technical backgrounds. The MSIROM: Business Analytics Program boasts faculty from across the UT campus, deep industry relationships with top companies like Deloitte, Walmart, IBM, AT&T and others, workshops in applications for analytics, choice of electives in marketing, supply chain, and finance, and career services support for students. STEM-certified. No work experience is required.


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