New Programs In Analytics

Last fall, two business schools launched programs in business analytics to address the growing demand for Big Data workers who are skilled in using a wide range of information to predict trends and solve problems.
New Programs In Analytics

The University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business in Iowa City launched its major in business analytics and information systems (BAIS) to address the shortage at the undergraduate level. The BAIS program will combine topics from computer science, industrial engineering, mathematics, and statistics to teach students to take a more sophisticated approach to using data to solve business problems, says Jeffrey Ohlmann, associate professor of management sciences.

The W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in Tempe also launched its nine-month master of science in business analytics program as a joint effort with ASU’s information system and supply chain management departments.

The new programs aim to stem the predicted shortage of Big Data workers, says Michael Goul, chair of the Carey School’s information systems department. “It’s estimated 4.4 million data analysts will be needed worldwide by 2015,” he says, “so it’s a big area of career growth.”