“One of the great luxuries of being an academic is that you have a relatively broad license to research and explore a wide range of disciplines if you choose,” Lipton continues. “Over the course of my academic career, I’ve been able to research topics including machine learning methodologies, applied machine learning with healthcare applications, ethical concerns with automated systems and much more.”
Data professionals aren’t fortune-tellers, and analytics tools aren’t crystal balls. Nonetheless, predictive analytics enables an organization’s stakeholders to think ahead with algorithms that extrapolate from past data to determine what changes are likely over the months and years to come. These findings may reveal what products existing customers will probably buy next, warn cybersecurity teams about potential incidents of fraud or project the performance of financial assets.
“We wanted to enter the ring with a program that fully reflects the Tepper’s School’s reputation as a leader in the development and use of analytical tools for business application, and draws on the breadth and depth of our research faculty,” says Willem-Jan van Hoeve, Ph.D., Carnegie Bosch Associate Professor of Operations Research and faculty head of the new program. He adds, “Having operated at the intersection of business and technology for so long, we are well-positioned to offer a premier online MS in Business Analytics.”
Willem van Hoeve, the academic head of the Tepper School of Business’ new Online Master of Science in Business Analytics program and Carnegie Bosch Associate Professor of Operations Research shared some details about the program.
The online MSBA is geared to individuals with technical backgrounds who want to deepen their analytical skills and move into senior business analyst positions. Online MSBA students have varying levels of professional work experience and may have little or no background in business or analytics. They typically relish the challenge of solving complex problems, are passionate about data, and adept at or intrigued by coding and algorithms.
The MSBA can be completed part-time in 18 months and provides students with opportunities to build foundational business knowledge, practical experience using analytics and the communication skills to persuade stakeholders to take action.