BY BRIDGET AYMAR

The Carlson School is launching a part-time version of its successful Master of Science in Business Analytics Program (MSBA) to provide area working professionals with the skills needed to better harvest, process, and analyze data. This fall, the inaugural part-time cohort begins classes.

The three-year program is designed to meet growing employer demand for managers with the analytics and business acumen to make data-driven business decisions.

“Companies today are inundated with data from their own systems, and the broader mobile, social, and sensor ecosystem that we all live in. Yet, very few have the analytical talent with the ability to harness these big data into actionable insights,” says Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Business Analytics and Information Systems Ravi Bapna, academic director of the program.

The Carlson School predicts this part-time offering will enable working professionals to advance or break into careers in analytics. The outlook for MSBA graduates is promising: 100 percent of students among the Full-Time MSBA class of 2015 received offers for employment within 90 days of graduation.

Similar to their full-time counterparts, part-time MSBA students will be grouped into cohorts that proceed through the program together, ensuring each incoming class can develop valuable connections to fellow students. Additionally, as one of the key components of the program, students will complete a hands-on project course to apply the analytics methodologies, techniques, and tools they learned in the context of a specific, comprehensive analytics challenge.

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