March 13, 2019

Fairfield business analytics program makes grade

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed

Fairfield University's Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program has been named one of the best of its kind in the nation, and the best in Connecticut. So says the website CollegeChoice in its 2019 "Best Big Data Degrees" ranking.

Business analytics refers to the skills, technologies, applications and practices for continuous iterative exploration and investigation of past business performance to gain insight and drive business planning by using data and statistical methods.

The rankings list balances cost, reputation, quality of education and graduate success rate. Data for the rankings include information from U.S News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics and Payscale.com. Also included is data from a nationwide college freshman poll published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, in which students rated "academic reputation, financial offerings, overall cost of school, and graduate success rates."

"It is imperative that our ever-changing society have professionals who can analyze the plethora of data crucial to business success," said Zhan Li, dean of Fairfield's Dolan School of Business. "Our MSBA program provides students with the modern, innovative education needed to be successful leaders in business and beyond."

Also among CollegeChoice's top 10 in business analytics degree offerings are Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California/Berkeley, Villanova University, Pennsylvania State University and Boston University.

The website CollegeChoice.com ranks U.S. colleges and universities among a dizzying array of categories, from "Most LGBT-Friendly Universities" to "Safest Small Colleges."

Fairfield University has turned up on a number of the myriad lists of higher-education superlatives. Last month FU was named one of the best in the nation by the Princeton Review for best return on investment, internship opportunities and alumni networks.

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