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FAQs

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Your needs are individualized, so it makes sense that your questions are, too. Our admissions team is ready to answer your questions and can be reached at (651) 962-4200 or businessanalytics@stthomas.edu. You can also take part in a live chat with an admissions representative. But if your questions need answers now, here are some quick answers to the most commonly asked questions.


General Program Questions

What is business analytics?

Business analytics focuses on developing new insights and understanding of business performance based on data science, statistical analysis and modeling.

Business leaders apply business analytics to improve their data-driven decision making. Consumer product companies use business analytics to better understand their customers' behaviors and buying patterns. Health care organizations improve quality and safety of patient care, understand population health trends, and improve overall operations of hospitals using analytics. Many Fortune 500 companies apply supply chain logistics to optimize the global flow and production of goods and services.

What are the differences between the MS in Data Science offered by the School of Engineering and the MS in Business Analytics offered by the Opus College of Business?

Students who pursue the MS in Data Science degree obtain deep technical skills and knowledge to manage and analyze the large-scale, complex data platforms that enable efficient data-driven discoveries and decisions. The curriculum has a more technical focus and includes data architecture and warehousing, database management and design, and data mining.

Students who pursue the MS in Business Analytics degree build managerial skills and technical understanding to effectively draw insights from data and apply those insights to improve business performance. The curriculum includes fundamental skills in statistics, modeling, data analysis, business communication, and industry analytics.  

 

Can I complete this program as a full-time student?

Yes, you may complete the entire program in as little as 15 months by taking three (or more) courses in the fall and spring terms, and/or taking a course during the summer or January terms. You would work closely with your program advisor to determine the proper course selections and sequencing for this accelerated schedule. Please note class meetings are scheduled for evenings and weekends to accommodate part-time working professional students. 


Sample Full-time Completion Schedule

Fall

  • OPMT 600
  • OPMT 621
  • SEIS 605

Spring

  • OPMT 605
  • OPMT630 Elective #1

Summer or J- term

  • Elective #2

Fall

  • SEIS 737
  • Elective #3
  • Elective #4

Admissions Questions

DO YOU REQUIRE THE GMAT or GRE?

Applicants to the program are not required to take the GMAT or GRE. However, if you have taken either within the past five years, you may include your scores with your application.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?

An admissions adviser will review your file and present it to the admissions committee. Once a decision is made, typically within two weeks of your final application, we will contact you immediately. 

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY? WHEN ARE THE APPLICATION DEADLINES?

You can apply anytime. We admit students for the fall and spring semesters. Priority deadline for Fall semester is May 1. Priority deadline for Spring semester is November 1. With our rolling admissions process, applications are welcomed earlier than our posted deadline and reviewed once the file is complete. If unable to meet the priority deadline, please contact an admissions adviser to discuss a possible timeline.

CAN I TAKE CLASSES BEFORE BEING ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM?

No. You must be a fully admitted student to enroll in MS in Business Analytics courses.

WILL CREDITS FROM MY CERTIFICATE TRANSFER INTO THE MS IN BUSINESS ANALYTICS PROGRAM?

Yes. If you choose to complete the MS degree once you’ve started the graduate certificate, we will count those courses toward your degree. 

ARE PREREQUISITES REQUIRED?

Applicants are expected to have strong technical, quantitative or analytical abilities as demonstrated through work experience or academics. Knowledge of business, mathematics, statistics, actuarial science, economics, engineering or computer science are examples of experience a successful applicant will have.

DO YOU REQUIRE A TRANSCRIPT FROM EVERY PROGRAM OR COURSE I ATTENDED FOR WHICH COLLEGE CREDIT WAS GRANTED?

Yes, transcripts are required from every institution at which you completed coursework for academic credit. The only exceptions are for advanced placement, PSEO coursework (college classes taken during high school), and study abroad transfer classes.

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