New Applied Business Analytics Programs Delivers In-Demand Skills

in Administrative Sciences, MET News
October 28th, 2015

New Applied Business Analytics Programs Delivers In-Demand Skills

MET is now offering three new graduate programs in Applied Business Analytics, providing a highly sought-after skill set—the ability to understand, analyze, and improve data-driven business processes. Offered through the Department of Administrative Sciences, the programs include the Graduate Certificate in Applied Business Analytics (online or on campus), the Master of Science in Applied Business Analytics Management (online), and a new Master of Science in Administrative Studies concentration in Applied Business Analytics (on campus).

Boston University’s Metropolitan College Announces Three New Graduate Programs in Applied Business Analytics

October 2015, Boston—Expanding its offerings in the field of analytics, Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) announces the Graduate Certificate in Applied Business Analytics (online or on campus), the Master of Science in Applied Business Analytics Management (online), and a new Master of Science in Administrative Studies concentration in Applied Business Analytics (on campus). Offered through MET’s Department of Administrative Sciences, the new programs augment an expanding analytics curriculum that so far includes a Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics and Data Analytics concentrations in MET’s Computer Information Systems and Computer Science master’s programs.

Students in all three new programs will gain a comprehensive understanding of the concepts, techniques, and state-of-the-art tools used in the process of data-driven business decision-making—an area of burgeoning need in today’s marketplace. The McKinsey Global Institute has reported that the shortage of skilled data analysts could reach 140,000 to 190,000 in the U.S. alone by 2018. That’s in addition to a projected 1.5 million vacancies for managers and analysts with the ability to make effective data-driven decisions.

“Managers need to know how to handle the explosion of information extracted from very large data sets,” says MET Associate Professor of the Practice Vladimir Zlatev. “The new Applied Business Analytics programs will increase students’ capabilities for integrating the volume, velocity, variety, and veracity of information assets into sound analytics-based decisions.”
The core of MET’s Applied Business Analytics graduate curriculum—taught by highly qualified faculty with substantial backgrounds and achievements in applied business analytics—includes four courses:

  • MET AD 571 Business Analytics Foundations
  • MET AD 616 Enterprise Risk Analytics
  • MET AD 654 Marketing Analytics
  • MET AD 688 Web Analytics for Business

“Data is being generated at an enormous rate and new techniques are continuously being developed to deal with it,” says Dr. Suresh Kalathur, director of MET’s analytics programs. “Big data is a challenging area to be in—the forefront of the data revolution. Our new programs expose students to both the technical and practical sides of the discipline, which will make them more competitive.”

For those seeking to assess their fundamental knowledge of probability, statistics, and decision-support tools in order to either brush up on quantitative skills or pursue more advanced analytics curricula, MET offers the non-credit, online Pre-Analytics Laboratory (MET AD 100). The laboratory also serves as a prerequisite to courses in the Applied Business Analytics programs.

For more information about MET’s new graduate programs in Applied Business Analytics, please visit bu.edu/met/business-analytics.

About Boston University’s Metropolitan College
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, along with a number of multidisciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission.

As one of the University’s 17 degree-granting bodies, Metropolitan College (MET) offers more than 70 part-time undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate programs, providing a flexible learning environment that supports the academic, professional, and intellectual needs of working adults. Along with convenient evening classes, Metropolitan College also offers a variety of high-quality online and blended format programs. For more information, visit bu.edu/met.

About the Department of Administrative Sciences
MET’s Department of Administrative Sciences responds to the educational demands of students by providing industry-specific academic programs that are innovative, scholarly, challenging, interdisciplinary, and practically focused. Degree and certificate programs incorporate the technologies necessary so they can be delivered at times, places, and in formats that meet a wide array of learning needs. The department’s programs are accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Master’s degree programs in Administrative Studies (Boston) and management (online) are accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS). In addition, the Master of Science program in Project Management is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked the department’s master’s degree programs in management #9 among the nation’s best Online Graduate Business Programs.

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