The Stevens master’s degree in Business Intelligence & Analytics is among the newer offerings at the School of Business, but it has had an outsized impact since its launch in 2012.
To that end, TFE Times has ranked the degree in its top 10 for the third straight year, alongside programs offered at New York University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Villanova University. The BI&A program is ranked No. 7, an improvement from No. 9 last year.
“Graduates of our program continue to be in strong demand as companies in more and more industries realize the incredible need for professionals who combine an expertise in understanding what the data is telling them with an ability to communicate those findings to an executive audience,” said Dr. Chris Asakiewicz, director of the program. “The BI&A program is designed to prepare professionals to bridge that gap and lead the intelligent enterprise of the future.”
The BI&A program’s unique architecture includes a blend of professional skills, disciplinary knowledge and technical skills, supplemented by the Hanlon Financial Systems Center and its two state-of-the-art labs, which allow students to analyze, manage and visualize enormous data sets. The program also has a highly active board of advisors from companies like Google, Facebook, American Express, Pfizer and IBM that ensures the curriculum is current with marketplace demands.
“Companies are looking for people who can use analytics to interpret the data, but they also need business acumen — and in this program, they get both,” said Rochelle Lostumbo, a business unit executive at IBM who serves on the program’s board.
Like many other graduate management programs at Stevens, the BI&A degree teaches students to use data and analytics to create advantage, but with a unique emphasis on how those skills fit into the business landscape. That's what attracted students like Hao Han to the program.
“Other schools I looked at don’t tell you how what you learn applies to business,” said Han, who graduated in 2014 and is now completing an MBA as well. “At Stevens, the BI&A program is a perfect combination of the statistics and the business side.”
TFE’s rankings primarily consider average GMAT scores and starting salaries, as well as employment rates and undergraduate GPA, among others. Other Stevens graduate degrees also were ranked by TFE Times, including the 30-credit master’s in Management, which ranked 13th in the country, and the Stevens MBA, which was ranked by the website for the first time.