Technology has enabled corporations to adopt sophisticated data collection methods, netting powerful information that can help build a competitive advantage or improve the customer experience. These advancements have created a growing need for professionals who can analyze and interpret large sets of data, commonly referred to as “Big Data,” to help guide corporate initiatives. In response to this need, the business college will offer a Master of Science in Business Analytics beginning in the fall of 2017.
The 30-hour program allows full-time students to be completed in as few as 16 months, with evening courses that accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Participants can select elective courses to tailor a discipline-specific emphasis in health care, energy, marketing and consumer behavior, accounting forensics, information systems, finance or operations management.
In addition to courses specifically focused on data science and modeling tools, students complete three weekend-long seminars to develop the computational and software framework they need to manage, analyze and process a variety of data.
“Based on input from the college’s Executive Advisory Board, our faculty has designed a program that equips professionals with a skillset currently in high demand by employers across the U.S.,” said Gale Sullenberger, dean of the college. “The ability to customize the degree based on career interests gives students the opportunity to compete for jobs in a number of industries.”
Applicants should have a four-year degree in business, engineering or science from a regionally accredited university. Those holding baccalaureate degrees outside these areas but possessing significant professional experience in technical or data-analytic job functions will also be considered.
Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2017 semester. More information is available at utulsa.edu/msbana.
The college announced a new tuition structure for all business graduate students beginning August 21, 2017. In an effort to curb rising tuition costs across the U.S. and the increased debt load carried by many students, the new tuition rate for graduate business courses at TU will be $900 per credit hour, which represents a 27 percent decrease. The new rate applies to all current and incoming graduate business students.
“With the recent economic downturn, many companies reduced or eliminated tuition assistance programs that helped make it possible for students to pursue advanced degrees,” said Dean Gale Sullenberger. “TU’s graduate business programs offer excellent value for professionals who seek to expand their career prospects. We hope this tuition reduction will give more students the opportunity to enhance their skills and experience to meet critical needs in the business landscape without the burden of excess debt.”
In addition to the tuition reduction, the college also offers generous scholarships to eligible graduate business students.
The college honored three alumni and four graduating seniors during its annual Honors and Awards Banquet April 7 at Allen Chapman Student Union. Kala Sharp (BSBA ’99), vice president, controller, natural gas at ONEOK Partners, was named the 2017 Outstanding Alumna; and Don P. Quint, Jr. (BA ’78), principal and founder of Don P. Quint & Associates, as the 2017 Outstanding Alumnus. Ashley Lewis Jackson (BSBA ’08), customer success integration manager at GE Digital, was named the 2017 Fast Track Alumna.
Four graduating seniors received the 2017 David R. Lawson Outstanding Senior award in recognition of their leadership and accomplishments while students at TU: Amanda Calhoun, energy management; Paul Moses, accounting and finance; Claire Thompson, accounting, economics and finance; and Francisco Yanez, finance and management.
Faculty and staff award recipients, Beta Gamma Sigma initiates, honors graduates, certificate of merit recipients and college and department award recipients also were honored.