University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Master of Applied Business Analytics

The need to effectively analyze data is growing at an amazing rate. At the same time, businesses are finding that they lack enough skilled professionals to fill those roles. Industry analysts predict that the United States will soon face a vast shortage of people with deep analytical skills as well as the managers and analysts qualified to make decisions based on that data.

What Story Does the Data Tell?

A professional working with big data and analytics.

Program Overview

The Master of Applied Business Analytics degree will arm students with a solid knowledge of business analytics, data handling and management, machine learning methods, optimization, and computing.

Data skills, combined with knowledge of business application modeling and business problem solving, will enable students to identify, assess, and seize the opportunity for data-driven value creation in the private and public sectors.

Focus is given to answering questions such as:

  • How do we get and transform data for use?
  • How to we manage data?
  • What are the data telling us?
  • How can we put the data to work via modeling?

Students may choose from a variety of elective analytics courses focusing on business applications or a deeper dive into statistical theory. The program culminates with a multi-semester practicum experience where students work with industry data to complete an analytics project from beginning to end.

 

Master of Business Analytics Full-time program

Master of Applied Business Analytics

Program Length: 1 Year
(Summer; Fall; Spring)

Program Start Date: Mid-May

Application Deadline:
November 1

Curriculum Overview
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Admissions Information
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Required Test: GMAT or GRE
A GMAT/GRE waiver is available for select candidates with quality work experience and a strong prior academic record.

Program Cost
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Program Designation:
This is a STEM designated program.

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Career Outlook

Prospective employers indicate a strong demand for graduates with a working knowledge of applied business analytics. Job titles associated with the knowledge and skills obtained from the program include:

  • Business Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Management Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Operations Analyst

Expected starting salaries are in the range of $70,000 to $85,000. An average salary for these positions is $73,000, rising with experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median pay in 2018 for a management analyst is $83,610 per year.

Program Highlights: Skills, Tools, Certifications

  • STEM designated degree
  • Graduate Certificate - Enterprise Systems Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics
  • State-of-the-Art Software access – SAS, Tableau, SQL, Python, Power BI, etc.
  • Data analytics and problem solving using real, “large-scale,” datasets
  • Use of “industrial strength” systems – IBM, MS, Teradata, SAP, SAS, …
  • Comprehensive multi-semester practicum for real-world business problems.

Jobs and Salaries

$83,610

National median pay for management analysts in 2018.

876,300

Number of people employed as management analysts in the United States in 2018.

+118,300

Projected numeric change in the number of employed economists from 2018 to 2028. (+14% change. The average growth rate for all occupations is +5%.)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

 


 

Industry Survey: Employer Feedback

Executives and managers from the multiple corporations wrote letters of support for offering the Master of Applied Business Analytics degree, include: Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield, Teradata, Dillard’s Inc., Tyson Foods Inc., Wal-Mart, and J.B. Hunt Transport Inc.

Blue Cross"Data driven decision-making permeates throughout our company. Consequently, analytics has become very important in many roles, from operational to strategic decisions."

A respondent from BlueCross Blue Shield

Dillards"Analytics has become a critical role within companies to make informed and advanced decisions to improve and transform their business. This disciplinary focus exemplifies courses and subject matter for training necessary to produce qualified professionals toward advanced skills in analytics."

A respondent Dillard’s, Inc.

JB Hunt"Over the last few years the use of data to make decisions in our organization has had great success with a great ROI. This program would be crucial in getting more people in the organization the skills to use data more effectively."

A respondent from J.B. Hunt

 


 

Program Outline (Full-time MABA) – 1 year

Summer 6 credit hours
Fall 12 credit hours
Spring 12 credit hours
 

 




Saturday Class Dates

Spring
2021
Summer
2021
Fall
2021
Spring
2022
Summer
2022
January
9
May
15
August
28
January
15
May
21
February
6
June
12
September
25
February
12
June
18
March
6
June
26
October
30
March
5
July
9
April
3
July
24
November
20
April
2
July
30
April
24
  December
11
April
30
 

*Students admitted to the Full-time MABA program are required to attend a three-day orientation prior to the start of scheduled courses. Dates to be determined. Please contact gsb@walton.uark.edu for more information.


 

 

Admissions Requirements and Prerequisites

The Master of Applied Business Analytics program is open to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who can present evidence of their ability to do graduate work (superior grade-point average, an acceptable test score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and recommendations with respect to ability for successful pursuit of graduate-level work). Other admissions criteria can be considered on a case by case basis.

The Master of Applied Business Analytics program considers work experience an integral part of the curriculum and recommends that students work/intern for up to one year in a position (or positions) which allow for the practical application of the theoretical principles taught in courses. The Master of Applied Business Analytics Degree is a non-thesis degree program.

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