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Nov 5, 2019

Masters Advantage: Business Analytics or Accounting?

Masters Advantage: Business Analytics or Accounting?

A specialized master’s degree can be a valuable tool for enhancing your career prospects. If you have a specific career in mind—financial analysis, marketing, statistics, etc.—a master’s degree in your specialty can provide you with the advanced training you need to be successful. So, the question is, what specialized masters is right for you and will give you the advantage you want?

To help you out, we’re putting the most popular master’s degrees head-to-head in our new series. First up, we’re comparing Business Analytics and Accounting.

What is a Master’s in Business Analytics?

A Master’s in Business Analytics is designed for students interested in big data. These individuals are interested in using machine learning algorithms to process data and draw conclusions in everything from sports to consulting, manufacturing, and healthcare. It’s all about making sense of vast amounts of data to streamline business.

What is a Master’s in Accounting?

A Master’s in Accounting is exactly what it sounds like—it’s hyper-focused on accounting. Individuals who choose this path are interested in completing their CPA examination and pursuing a career in corporate accounting. You’ll be prepared to take a strategic accounting role in audit, tax, financial management, and more.

Business Analytics or Accounting: Coursework

There’s some overlap in the coursework you’ll take as an accounting master’s student and a business analytics student. Both master’s programs delve into financial topics and include finance-related courses. In fact, some Master’s in Business Analytics programs offer a professional track in finance.  

Also, in both cases, you’ll dive into analytical techniques and data modeling—though in the Accounting program it will always emphasize finance and accounting areas whereas Business Analytics tends to be more generic.

However, that’s where the similarities end. In Business Analytics, you’ll dive deep into computer programming, statistics, machine learning, and visualization. On the other hand, a Master’s in Accounting will take you into financial reporting, auditing, business taxation, business law, and management accounting.

Those enrolled in a Master’s in Business Analytics programs will deal with more heavy statistical analysis, while those in accounting programs will focus more on elements such as taxation and financial reporting.

Business Analytics or Accounting: Accessibility

Both master’s degrees can typically be completed in 12 months with some programs lasting up to two years. In addition, students can complete either program through full-time, part-time, online, or hybrid tracks. What’s different is the application process and what type of student is best suited to each program.

Business Analytics students must be mathematically inclined and gifted in quantitative fields. Many of these Master’s programs are STEM-designated, so candidates must be prepared to demonstrate high grades and test scores in these subjects.

Master’s in Accounting applicants are expected to have a strong background in accounting, often having earned their undergraduate degree in the same field. Work experience is not typically required unless the student has no practical training in accounting.

Business Analytics or Accounting: Careers

As a Business Analyst, you may earn a higher salary than an accountant when starting—around $15,000 more—and you’ll have more job opportunities. A Master’s in Business Analytics graduate can work in a variety of analyst roles in everything from marketing to finance, strategy, and statistics. While, on the other hand, a Master’s in Accounting graduate is typically regulated to an accounting, tax, or audit career.

Business Analysts are in high demand and have many opportunities regarding their careers, typically earning around $85,000 to start. They can work in almost any industry and in a variety of job functions, including:

  • Business analyst
  • Budget analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Corporate strategy analyst
  • Actuary
  • Social media data analyst
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Machine learning analyst

Master’s in Accounting graduates are also in high demand and can work in a range of industries. Everyone from public accounting firms to government organizations, financial institutions, and nonprofits need accountants. However, when it comes to job functions, graduates are typically limited to working as an accountant or an auditor earning around $69,000 to start.

Business Analytics or Accounting: The Top Programs

To earn your Master’s in Business Analytics or Accounting, there are many top programs across the country that are highly regarded. It all depends on your specific interests and goals.

Those opting to enroll in the USC Marshall School of Business may have a tough time deciding between either master’s programs, considering each are regarded among the country’s best options.

If you want the best of both worlds, the USC Marshall School of Business is the only program to be in the top five for both degrees. It is highly regarded for offering great flexibility and quality curriculum.

In the Midwest, one of the top Master’s program for Business Analytics can be found at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. Its MS Business Analytics and Information Management program is 11 months long, affordable, and STEM-oriented. For a Master’s in Accounting, you should look toward the University of Illinois Gies College of Business, which offers the best STEM-designated accounting program in the country with a 98 percent job placement rate.

On the East Coast, MIT Sloan offers the best Master’s in Business Analytics program with 100 percent of the most recent graduating class earning employment offers by graduation. Whereas NYU Stern an excellent Master of Science in Accounting, ranked 9th overall by the U.S. News & World Report.


Nov 5, 2019

The Newest New York City Data Analytics Jobs

The Newest New York City Data Analytics Jobs

It’s no secret that data and analytics have become integral parts of the business landscape. Companies are working hard to translate the information they receive from their customers into a competitive advantage in the marketplace. The New York City data analytics jobs listed in this week’s dispatch all are opportunities for MBA graduates to translate their knowledge of the digital marketplace and technology into a career.

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Nov 4, 2019

Virginia Tech Offering Dual Degree MBA and IT Master in DC Area

Virginia Tech Offering Dual Degree MBA and IT Master in DC Area

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In today’s digital age, as technology drives innovation throughout the enterprise, business acumen and technology expertise are emerging as essential skills.

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Oct 31, 2019

Ohio State Fisher or Purdue Krannert: Which School Is Right for Me?

Ohio State Fisher or Purdue Krannert: Which School Is Right for Me?

There are many reasons to love the Midwest. In particular, the area is home to many high-quality business schools and MBA programs all offering something unique in terms of cost, location, and prestige. Unfortunately, the close proximity of these programs and their individual features can make it difficult for prospective candidates to choose the right program for them.

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Oct 31, 2019

Where Should I Work: PwC or KPMG?

Where Should I Work: PwC or KPMG?

If you’re interested in a career in consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and KPMG are two of the top names in the business. As elite professional services firms, they have a lot to offer MBA graduates in terms of high salaries, culture, and career development. And that’s on top of their unique internship and recruiting opportunities specific to MBAs.

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Oct 30, 2019

Scotland’s Top Destinations for Business School Grads

Scotland’s Top Destinations for Business School Grads

This past summer, Scotland’s employment rate reached a record level of employment; a positive sign of a steadily growing economy. While it’s likely that many people hold the image of Scotland as an agrarian economy (who doesn’t love wool sweaters and whisky?), the fact is that its tech, healthcare, finance, and construction industries are also booming. Scotland.org, which uses the hashtag #scotlandisnow, says it best. “Scotland has something for everyone. As far as we’re concerned, if you’ve got the skills, we’ve got the country.”

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Oct 29, 2019

5 Questions with UW’s Hybrid MBA Program Director

5 Questions with UW’s Hybrid MBA Program Director

In our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Jodey Farwell, the new Director of the University Washington Foster School of Business Hybrid MBA Program. Farwell talks about the school’s rapidly growing program, what you can expect when enrolling, and Seattle’s staple brunch spot.


1.) Why Do You Believe the UW Foster Hybrid MBA is Expanding While Other MBA Programs Around the U.S. are Shrinking?

“The UW Foster Hybrid MBA program is a niche model—it’s not online and it’s not in person. It is something different, something better. Fostering a belief that we are ‘Better Together, Better Tomorrow.’ 

Jodey Farwell, UW Foster Hybrid MBA Program Director.

The Hybrid MBA was designed with today’s current student in mind. Want to feel connected to your classmates, professors, and university? We have quarterly immersions. Want to be challenged by world-class faculty without having to physically sit in class each week? We have dynamic synchronous ‘live’ sessions each week. Our classes are delivered with intentionality. Our curriculum design team works with faculty to break down their content in order to deliver different concepts in compelling ways from high quality, professional videos to live sessions to activities in the online course environment.  Our cohort team-based program creates a tight-knit network of students located all over the US.

Our Seattle location is also attractive. Seattle has established itself as an iconic, global leader in business and innovation. For students wanting to get their foot in the door with Seattle-based companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia, and Starbucks, Foster can provide access through its expansive alumni network and rich Seattle business connections.”

2.) What is the Ideal Type of Candidate for the UW Foster Hybrid MBA Program?

“Our program is built for busy mid-career professionals. They are self-motivated, driven, and collaborative individuals looking to make an impact in their industry.” 

3.) What are the Advantages of the Hybrid MBA Over Other Traditional Online MBA Programs?

“The Hybrid MBA allows you to remote into class from wherever you are the world. If you travel for work, for pleasure, or are in the midst of a move—no problem; you can continue pursuing your MBA with our program.  

We are in a highly remote/telecommuting culture. If your job is remote in nature, you can be ‘live’ anywhere; the Hybrid MBA creates this same environment with its virtual classroom. This allows for some flexibility while deepening how the students value their in-person immersion sessions each quarter. When they arrive, they are ‘all in.’ This is their time to spend together and to network, with professors, and staff, and our career experts.”

“The UW Foster Hybrid MBA program is a niche model—it’s not online and it’s not in person. It is something different, something better. Fostering a belief that we are ‘Better Together, Better Tomorrow,'” Farwell says.

4.) How Does UW Foster Help Establish Students’ Careers with a Program that is Majority Online?

“As part of the UW Hybrid MBA, we have two career experts on staff. They offer one on one coaching, remote and in-person programming, and applicable workshops. They often bridge the gap between classroom learning and applying those concepts in your day to day- from salary negotiations, interviewing, or networking facilitation. It is our required in-person quarterly sessions, ‘Immersions’ that make these in-person components possible. 

The Career Management team also offers optional treks where students can travel to key metropolitan areas to visit companies. Students visit high growth U.S. companies to experience their culture, learn about their operations and hear about potential opportunities.”

5.) For Those Visiting The School, What’s One Lunch Spot They Should Visit?

Portage Bay is a Seattle brunch staple and there is one located on Roosevelt near UW. They serve organic dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Portage Bay is often giving back to the community and the local farmers. Their slogan is well known and displayed proudly on all of their mugs, ‘Eat Like You Give a Damn™.’ It’s also fun to support local entrepreneurs!”


Oct 29, 2019

New MBA Jobs in Minneapolis-St. Paul

New MBA Jobs in Minneapolis-St. Paul

The Twin Cities are are home to seventeen Fortune 500 companies as well as a host of noteworthy brands. In addition to the business landscape, the Twin Cities offer many cultural, athletic, and outdoorsy opportunities for residents.

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Oct 28, 2019

Top MBA Recruiters: MassMutual

Top MBA Recruiters: MassMutual

Headquartered in Springfield, the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company was founded in 1851. MassMutual initially sold policies in New England, then joined the economic movement surrounding western expansion and the gold rush by selling high-cost policies to railway, steamship, gold digging workers, and migrants to the American South. By 1855, MassMutual had locations throughout the country including New York City, Cleveland, Chicago, and Detroit. By 1868, MassMutual’s San Francisco office was established.

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Oct 25, 2019

Wharton Directors Dig into MBA Class of 2021 Profile

Wharton Directors Dig into MBA Class of 2021 Profile

The Wharton School’s Director of Admissions Blair Mannix and Director of Student Life Eddie Banks-Crosson recently shared deeper insights into the class profile of the new MBA Class of 2021. To begin, the latest group of candidates is closer to gender parity than ever before. This year, 47 percent of students identify as women. Banks-Crosson said, “If we’re talking about diversity and inclusion, women matter, and I think that women are saying globally, that, ‘We matter,’ and so, we should be leading that charge, and I think that’s what that feels like within this class.” And gender parity is only one piece of the Wharton 2021 MBA class puzzle.

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Oct 24, 2019

MS Business Analytics and Information Management

Purdue Krannert MS Business Analytics and Information Management Program Structure

The Purdue MS Business Analytics and Information Management (MS BAIM) program at the Krannert School of Management is an 11-month, full-time, STEM-designated Master’s program, with classes beginning in June. The program consists of 36 total credits worth of courses taught over three semesters.

The core curriculum comprises 25 credits of the 36 credit program, with six credits of business foundation courses and five credits of free electives from the Krannert full-time MBA program.

Curriculum

The program starts with a four-course summer semester, covering the following core courses:

• Business Analytics
• IT Innovation and Competitive Advantage
• Python Programming
• Business Foundation Elective

The following fall semester features these courses:

• Data Mining with SAS Enterprise Miner
• Management of Organizational Data
• Web Data Analytics
• Analyzing Unstructured Data
• Communication and Persuasion
• Big Data
• Predictive Analytics
• Management Information Systems
• Six Sigma and Quality Management

The third and final semester features the following:

• Industry Practicum
• Digital Business and Information Strategy
• Design: Social Networks & Engagements
• IT Project Management
• Spreadsheet Modeling and Simulation
• Advanced Business Analytics with SAS
• Production Scale Big Data Implementation
• Spreadsheets and Macro Programming
• Optimization Modeling with Spreadsheets
• Supply Chain Analytics

Courses in the MS BAIM are also taught through the Krenicki Center for Business Analytics & Machine Learning.

Class Profile

A total of 81 students were enrolled in the most recent Purdue MS Business Analytics and Information Management class, with 34 percent female students. The class, as a whole, was 25-years old on average, scored 680 on the GMAT, enrolled with a 3.6 GPA, and had a little less than three years worth of professional work experience.

Career Statistics

The school reports a 97 percent employment rate for MS BAIM graduates, with an average annual salary rate of $78,703 and an average signing bonus of $7,281.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

In-state students in the Purdue MS Business Analytics and Information Management program expected to pay a tuition rate of $24,300. Out-of-state U.S. resident tuition is currently $34,200, and tuition for international students is $48,600.

Students in the program are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Students may also be able to help fund their educational expenses with part-time work at the Krenicki Center for Business Analytics & Machine Learning. Graduate assistantships are not available through Purdue for MS BAIM attendees, but assistantships may be available outside of the school.

Federal and private loan offerings may be available for select students, along with employment sponsorship.

Admissions

The following must be submitted in order to apply to the Purdue MS Business Analytics and Information Management program at the Krannert School of Management:

• A completed online application
• Official transcripts
• Two essays and one optional essay
• Two online letters of recommendation (no paper recommendations are accepted)
• Video essay responding to 3-5 questions
• GMAT/GRE scores (waiver available; preferred minimum score of 500)
• Official English Language Test Scores (if necessary)
• $75 application fee (waived for U.S. residents and Purdue University undergraduates)

Application deadlines are as follows:

Round One – Sep. 1-Nov. 1, 2019
Round Two – Nov. 2, 2019-Jan. 3, 2020
Round Three – Jan. 4-Jan. 31, 2020 (final international round)
Round Four – Feb. 1-April 1, 2020 (final domestic round, or until classes are filled)


Oct 24, 2019

MBAs at Mastercard: A Top Recruiter Offering High Salaries

MBAs at Mastercard: A Top Recruiter Offering High Salaries

Mastercard Incorporated is an American financial services company headquartered in Purchase, New York with its Global Operations headquartered in O’Fallon, Missouri. The company processes payments between merchant banks and consumer banks who use a Mastercard-brand debit, credit, or prepaid card. Founded in 1966 as “Interbank,” Mastercard Worldwide is a publicly-traded company earning more than $14.9 billion a year.

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Oct 24, 2019

Best Companies in Indianapolis for MBA Graduates

Best Companies in Indianapolis for MBA Graduates

Indianapolis is a great place to live in the U.S. It frequently appears on “Best Places to Live” lists, ranking 38th according to the U.S. News & World Report. Forbes ranks Indianapolis 30th on its “Best Places for Business and Careers” list and 80th in “Job Growth.”  

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Oct 23, 2019

New GMAC Report Gives New Warnings for Global Talent Search

New GMAC Report Gives New Warnings for Global Talent Search

A rapidly changing global economy and prohibitive immigration laws are making the search for international talent difficult for U.S. business schools.

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Oct 22, 2019

New Project Management Jobs in the Bay Area

New Project Management Jobs in the Bay Area

For better and worse, the Bay Area continues to reign as the global tech hub. But what has evolved in recent years is tech’s relationship to MBA graduates. MBAs were once personas non-grata in Silicon Valley. While newer startups won’t likely have a use for you, the big boys and girls of tech—the Slacks, Adobes, Twitters, Facebooks, Googles, Apples, etc.—certainly do. This week is focused on opportunities that allow MBA graduates to apply their PM skills to Bay Area tech.

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Oct 21, 2019

Master of Management Studies

Duke Fuqua Master of Management Studies Program Structure

The five-term Master of Management Studies (MMS) program at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business features 15 total courses worth a total of 43 credits.

Duke offers two variations of the MMS program. The Foundations of Business track, taught at the Fuqua School of Business campus, and the Master of Management Studies: Duke Kunshan University in China. The Foundations of Business track lasts, in total, 10 months.

Curriculum

Among the 15 courses required to complete the MMS program, six are in accounting, economics, and finance; two are in analytics and critical thinking; two are in communication and leadership; and five are in markets, strategy, and management. Coursework and projects for the Duke MMS program are completed in a collaborative process, with students paired into groups of four-to-six each.

The program starts with a three day orientation workshop in July, followed by a six-week summer term and two terms (six weeks each) in the fall and spring, respectively.

Class Profile

A total of 139 students are enrolled in the Duke Fuqua MMS class of 2020. About 53 percent of students in the class are female. The average age of the entire class is 23-years old. Students enroll with around six years worth of previous work experience, a 3.45 undergraduate GPA, a GMAT range of 580-740.

Career Statistics

The majority of recent Duke University Master of Management Studies graduates (30 percent) earn careers in financial services, followed by consulting (18 percent), and technology (17 percent). Around two-thirds of graduates report advancing career positions after earning their degrees.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The Duke University Master of Management Studies program currently costs around $54,000. In addition to fees, supplies, and cost of living, the total comes to $83,032.

Foundations MMS students are all automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Domestic students may be eligible for various federal and private loans, while international students can fund their education through the International Student Loan Program. No co-signer is needed for the International Student Loan Program. Eligible Armed Services members and veterans may also be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program to help fund their education.

Admissions

Those interested in enrolling in the Duke University Master of Management Studies may apply to only one of the two track options within one calendar year. Students enrolled in one track also cannot switch to the other during the program.

interested applicants must have already earned an accredited undergraduate degree or are slated to do so in the near future. Those with an MBA are not eligible for the MMS program.

In addition to a completed application, the following must be submitted:

• Official transcripts
• Answers to three short essay questions
• One page resume
• One letter of recommendation
• GMAT/GRE scores (no minimum score required)
• $125 application fee
• English as a Second Language test scores (if necessary)

Strong applicants will be asked to conduct an interview by invitation-only.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Round One – Oct. 28, 2019
Round Two – Jan. 22, 2020
Round Three – March 5, 2020
Round Four – April 19, 2020


Oct 21, 2019

Top Hiring MBA Companies: Minneapolis

Top Hiring MBA Companies: Minneapolis

Minneapolis serves as an example of one of the most accessible modern American cities—thriving with culture and urbanity but still aware of its roots as the center of America’s heartland. It’s also home to 22 corporate headquarters, and has a winning combination of low housing costs and higher than average wages.

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Oct 18, 2019

Master of Management

Michigan Ross Master of Management Program Structure

The Michigan Ross Master of Management (MM) is a 10 month program designed for non-business undergraduates that have earned their degree recently, taught in through the Michigan Ross Sanger Leadership Center. Students learn through action-based seminars like the Leadership Crisis Challenge, Story Lab, and Legacy Lab. In total, the program features 14 courses that comprise 30.75 credit hours.

Curriculum

The program begins with a summer term, starting in June, featuring several core courses alongside workshops with the Career Development Office. Students continue core course work through the fall, winter, and spring terms, with integrated elective courses, recruiting sessions (both on-campus and self-directed), and the ABL Capstone. Those wishing to integrate international experiences to their education also have the option to complete a Global Practicum Course.

Class Profile

A total of 88 students are enrolled in the most recent Michigan Ross Master of Management class. These students joined with a 3.6 undergraduate GPA, a 610 GMAT average, and up to two years of work experience. The class featured 57 percent female students and was around 22-years old.

Career Statistics

The most recent MM class reported a 98 percent full-time job offer rate within six months of earning their collective degrees. The median base salary of the recent class was $62,500 per year, with around 27 percent of the class going into the consulting industry.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The Michigan Ross Master of Management tuition is currently $48,908 for Michigan residents, and $53,908 for out-of-state and international residents. There is an additional mandatory fee of $410 for in-state residents and $500 for out-of-state and international residents.

The school estimates that additional costs for MM students is as follows:

• Books & Supplies: $2,014
• Food & Housing: $20,087
• Personal: $7,940
• Loan Fees: $278

Potential students looking for scholarship consideration are encouraged to complete an application alongside the standard program application. Federal unsubsidized, Perkins, and Grad PLUS loans are are available to select students, although which types of loans may vary from student to student.

Admissions

In order to be eligible for the Michigan Ross Master of Management program, applicants must have completed either Pre-Calculus (MATH 105 at the University of Michigan) or Introduction to Statistics (STATS 250 at the University of Michigan). In addition to a completed application, the following must also be submitted:

• Official transcripts
• GMAT/GRE scores (no minimum score, waiver available for select students)
• A current essay
• Four short essay prompts
• Two recommendations
• A $75 fee for U.S. applicants; $100 fee for international applicants (fee is waived for U.S. Armed Services members, or those that have served with Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America in the past three years)
• TOEFL scores (if necessary for international applicants)

Application deadlines are as follows:

Feb. 1, 2020 (International Deadline)
March 1, 2020 (Final Deadline)



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