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WVU College of Business Announces MS in Business Data Analytics

Virginia Kleist, Chair and Associate Professor of Management Information Systems.

Virginia Kleist, Chair and Associate Professor of Management Information Systems.

West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics is proud to announce their newest graduate education offering; an MS in Business Data Analytics (MS BUDA).

This 12-month online hybrid program offers students the flexibility of online education while encouraging them to simultaneously learn valuable business analysis skills, apply concepts in a real-world setting, and experience improved results in an accelerated learning cycle.

Faculty across various disciplines within the college, with both industry and academic experience from around the globe, worked together to develop a strategic curriculum designed to incorporate various technical skillsets to allow students to make data-driven business decisions necessary for success.

As companies continue to collect enormous amounts of data, it is imperative that employees are able to analyze the data in real time. While the program addresses the needs of companies everywhere, West Virginia in particular will benefit from its graduates’ expertise.

“There are many reasons why this program differs from its competitors. By housing our program in the College of Business and Economics, instead of the Engineering School, we are able to offer students the technical skillsets employers are looking for, combined with the business know-how associated with large scale decision-making,” said Nichole Grossman, Program Coordinator for Online MS Programs at the College.

“Our faculty are experts in analytical, security and ethical concerns often faced by those working with large data sets which allows us to intertwine those topics throughout the entirety of the program.  The online format offers the flexibility to gain these skills and perspectives from the comfort of their own home while maintaining a full-time job,” Grossman added.

Companies throughout the state are already working with WVU to provide hands-on opportunities for current students to solve data-related problems. These partnerships start before the students even arrive on campus and continue through the job placement process.

The College of Business and Economics views this program as having the potential to impact the state economy in short order, starting with the inaugural cohort commencing fall semester, 2016.