Many colleges and universities are developing advanced degree programs in analytics to manage big data. All of the programs require a strong quantitative background, which could include work in math, computer science, engineering, life sciences, finance, and other studies.
North Carolina State University launched one of the first programs in 2007, and has enrolled 84 students in its class of 2013. The University of Texas is now accepting applications for its Master of Science in Business Analytics, which will begin in the fall of 2013. "There is lot of demand for people who can say something meaningful about the data that is accumulating," says University of Texas Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management chair Prabhudev Konana. Northwestern University's Master of Science in Analytics began this fall with 32 students. The curriculum is a 15-month program and combines classes from information technology, data science, and business.
New York University recently announced a new Master of Science in Business Analytics program that will begin in May 2013, while the University of Michigan-Dearborn launched a Master of Science in Business Analytics program this fall. In addition, Michigan State University, Loras College, and Louisiana State University also recently launched business analytics programs.
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