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The New STEM Designated, One-Year MS in Business Analytics Welcomes Inaugural Class

More than 20 students are enrolled in the new one-year master's program. There's still time to apply. Deadline is May 27. Classes begin online in June.

May 20,  2020

By Elaine Cole

The new one-year Master of Science in Business Analytics degree is proving to be very popular.

More than 20 college graduates are enrolled and more have applied. Deadline to apply is May 27 at

The first students enrolled represent a range of majors, including strategic communication, social work, economics, sports conditioning, political science, geography, marketing, finance, supply chain, business information systems and engineering.

They come from TCU, SMU, Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech, University of San Diego, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Western New England University.

Catherine Forte, TCU ’20 strategic communications major, expressed excitement about the new graduate program: “This new degree can increase my market competitiveness and help me develop a deeper understanding of data-driven methodologies. I’m excited for this next step in my career.” 

Will Swanson, TCU ’20 finance major added: “I’m excited to learn about different ways I can leverage data and analytics so I can improve performance and solve business problems.”

The MS in Business Analytics is a STEM designated program, designated by the Department of Homeland Security. STEM designated programs provide interdisciplinary technical and mathematical skills, as well as the business acumen needed to help solve complex business issues and help navigate the future of business. 

The curriculum covers data analytics, statistical models, data visualization, predictive analytics and people analytics. Faculty members with expertise in marketing, information systems, supply chain, management and accounting will lead the courses. Students will work with technical and statistical software through experiential learning, case study analysis and class projects.

Who is hiring people with business analytics skills? Software companies including IBM, Facebook, Amazon and Apple; retailers such as Walmart, Walgreens and REI; financial firms such as Charles Schwab, Discover and Northern Trust; health care organizations including Quest Diagnostics and cancer centers; manufacturers such as GM, Intel, GE and Daimler Benz; and management consultants such as Bain, McKinsey and BCG Gamma.

The degree is available to upcoming and recent graduates from any major, as well as professionals of any specialty. The GMAT/GRE requirement has been waived for the inaugural year. For more information and to apply, visit