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The New Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) at Cornell Johnson

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New to Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business this fall is the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA). Online via eCornell, the MSBA is a 16-month, 30-credit, part-time graduate program focusing on analytics, business intelligence, and problem solving through strategic data science application. 

The MSBA program at Cornell Johnson is STEM-certified and mostly online. The coursework is presented in asynchronous format and taught by some of the top faculty at Cornell. The program has two week-long in-person intensives in NYC and Ithaca, NY.  Students may choose from four possible concentrations including Marketing Analytics, Finance Analytics, Operations and Supply Chain Analytics, and Business Analytics. The MSBA program is designed to teach students to utilize analytics tools like Excel, Python, R, SQL, and Tableau to collect, visualize, and analyze data, apply business foundations and critical thinking to real problems, and create a science skill set enticing to employers and organizations. Through specialized concentrations and a comprehensive, flexible courseload students may accelerate their career in business analytics while working. Including the residencies, core classes, electives and the capstone project students should expect about 20 hours of coursework per week.

MetroMBA spoke with Cornell Program Director and faculty member Vishal Gaur. ‘The need for new talent in Business Analytics is growing at a faster pace than ever before. Essentially, data and analytics are now fundamental to all organizations. Whether we think of e-commerce or supply chain transparency or new ways of delivering services and healthcare, analytics is required to solve the problems that companies wish to solve’ said Professor Guar. ‘Our program is designed for working professionals who have recently graduated from college and are seeking to grow their careers in business analytics. Engineering or computer science undergrad background is not necessary for admission to our program as long as an applicant has some college-level course work in calculus or statistics to be able to succeed in the programming and applied machine learning courses.’ Cornell’s MSBA format and approach to learning sets it apart from other schools’ comparable programs. Professor Guar went on to say that, ‘very few schools currently offer an MSBA in this format, so this is something that sets our program apart. Another is the curriculum. Our program has a full business core and offers concentrations in four areas – finance, marketing, operations, and general business – to equip students with the knowledge of business fundamentals and analytics relevant to their career paths.’

Classes for the first intake of the 16-month Cornell Johnson MSBA program will start online on May 16, 2022, and run through August 2023. The first application deadline is November 15, 2021. Subsequent application deadlines will be on the 15th of each month until March 15, 2022. Applications are open now.

Cost: $78,586
Location: Online
Start Date: May 16, 2022
Length: 16 Months


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