A 2011 McKinsey report estimates there will be 140,000 to 190,000 unfilled U.S. data analytics positions by 2018.
Since the advent of Internet technology, companies have been collecting a lot more data than they can analyze. Over time analyzing large data sets — commonly called big data — has become a key basis of competition, fostering new waves of productivity growth and innovation. However, there is significant scarcity of talent that can elicit managerial implications from this type of comprehensive data. Now offered both in Moraga and in Silicon Valley, the Saint Mary's M.S. in Business Analytics Program aims to develop graduates who can perform sophisticated analytics for actionable business opportunities and decisions.
Unlike similar programs at other institutions, the Saint Mary's M.S. in Business Analytics Program is taught from a business school perspective. This provides graduates with a clear employment advantage: they will not only know how to collect, process, and understand big data—they will also be able to employ analytical and critical thinking skills to leverage data in making critical business decisions.
Whether you are interested in understanding how data can help consumer companies market more effectively to their target audiences, in leveraging investment trends to plot more successful portfolio strategies, or in analyzing processes to maximize supply chain effectiveness, the Saint Mary's M.S. in Business Analytics Program can help you reach your career goals.