QU to offer graduate degree in business analytics


HAMDEN — Quinnipiac University will introduce a new master of science in business analytics program this autumn.

“The [QU] School of Business carefully monitors what the market needs are for graduate business programs,” explains Susan McTiernan, the school’s associate dean for graduate programs. “The new program in business analytics will fill a genuine need for well-trained individuals with the skills required to manage large amounts of data and leverage it for organizational success.”

The 33-credit program, which has earned state accreditation, will be offered exclusively online and will feature seven core courses and four electives.

“The program fills a need that is missing in that there are so many jobs that have become dependent on information analysis,” says Richard McCarthy, professor of computer information systems. “It combines statistics, technology, marketing and financial analysis into one unified approach.”

According to McTiernan, the program was designed to provide advanced training in statistical methods, data management and business intelligence and analytics for those who are either working in the field or aspire to. The International Data Corp. projects that the number of openings worldwide for skilled business analysts will grow by 7.2 percent annually over the next five years.

“The program at Quinnipiac is designed to offer a high quality, flexible master’s that allows for business electives to those who will seek these opportunities,” McTiernan says.

Quinnipiac also offers five other online graduate programs: master of business administration, master of science in organizational leadership, master of science in information technology, master of science in interactive media and a master of science in teacher leadership. QU also offers online bachelor’s degree programs in health sciences studies and nursing.