A Master of Science degree in operations research and applied statistics
The MS - Business Analytics is a Master of Science degree combining operations research and applied statistics, using applied mathematics and computer applications, in a business environment; the program was formerly known as MS - Quantitative Analysis (MSQA). The subject of this unique program has helped our students get rewarding professional jobs and excel in all corners of the business world. The program is housed in the Department of Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems (OBAIS) (Operations and Business Analytics section) in the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati. We are not newcomers to this area -- the OBAIS Department has been offering this degree since the late 1970s and its popularity has flourished in recent years.
The MS - Business Analytics program has been officially designated as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program; see the STEM Education Coalition. In addition, the program is included in "Big Data Analytics Masters Degrees: 20 Top Programs" by Information Week (January 8, 2013).
Depending upon background, full-time students can complete the program in as little as nine months (two semesters), though 12 months is more common; see a snapshot of the program for both full- and part-time students, which also contains the current year's tentative schedule of course offerings (on the second page). Part-time students are welcome and accommodated by evening and late-afternoon class times. Some financial aid is available, in the form of scholarships and assistantships, and is awarded on a competitive basis. Placement is excellent, with relevant, interesting, and challenging positions as analysts in many functions, including supply-chain management, manufacturing, operations, health-care analysis, marketing research, financial risk analysis, information technology, and consulting, among others. Some students continue into PhD programs, either in OBAIS or elsewhere.