The MSBA program at Cal Poly is positioned at the crossroads of statistical modeling, big data management, and actionable business insights. We prepare our students to enter the job market with advanced technical skills without losing sight of the business purpose behind the analysis.
Learn more about Cal Poly’s MS Business Analytics degree to see if it sounds like the right program for you.
DATA ANALYTICS PROJECTS – LEARN BY DOING
Students engage in interdisciplinary activities leading to three completed project, by analyzing real world problems and data provided by our industry partners. Students synthesize ideas and techniques learned throughout the MSBA program.
All projects are team based. Teams are assigned by advisors and faculty with each student’s undergraduate background and core skill set in mind. The students gain valuable experience working effectively in a team for a client in a consultant-like relationship.
Faculty, drawn equally from the technical and management disciplines, provide guidance throughout the project. In addition, there are regular checkpoints and scheduled office hours with the industry partners themselves.
The output is a professional written report, robust data models, and a presentation to industry partners, faculty, and advisors.
CLICK HERE to read an article by a former MSBA student about his experience working with our partners on projects.
CLICK HERE to read an article about a current MSBA student and why she chose Cal Poly.
INDUSTRY PARTNER EXPERIENCE
Watch an industry partner discuss their experience participating in our analytic projects.
To learn more about how industry informed the development of Cal Poly’s MSBA program, you may view this Question & Answer excerpt from our 2015 webinar, featuring Rich Clayton, Executive VP Business Analytics at Oracle, and Joshua Knox, Engineering Program Manager at Google.
Listen to Dr. Sanjiv Jaggia, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, discuss the formation of Cal Poly’s MSBA program, when he appeared on NPR in 2015.
The MSBA program is supported by an extensive advisory board made up of key executives from top companies in a variety of industries. Their participation aligns curriculum development with industry needs in this rapidly evolving field of data analytics. The advisory board members, along with other key partners, mentor our students, and provide real data for collaborative industry projects.
Business Analytics Advisory Board Members:
|Rex Briggs||Evolution, Inc.||Marketing ROI & Attribution Expert, CEO of Marketing|
|Rich Clayton||Oracle||Vice President of Business Analytics|
|Scott Dawson||Orfalea College of Business, Cal Poly||Dean|
|Michael Douroux||Workday||Regional Vice President|
|Brett Eldridge||Palo Alto Networks||Executive Advisor|
|Christine Grammier||LiveRamp, An Acxiom Company||Managing Director|
|Jean-Francois Coget||Orfalea College of Business, Cal Poly||Associate Dean for Academic Programs|
|Laura Joukovski||TechStyle Fashion Group||Senior Vice President, Global Media & Acquisition|
|Joshua Knox||Engineering Program Manager|
|Greg Leonard||Visa||Director of Analytics|
|Avash Lohani||KPMG||Director, Audit Data and Analytics|
|Kyle Hofer Mora||Orfalea Graduate Programs, Cal Poly||Director, Analytic & Quantitative Graduate Programs|
|Susan Scheer-Aoki||VMware||Vice President, Global Services Digital Platform|
|Ryan Shand||Bernstein Global Wealth Management||Vice President Business Analyst|
|Jared Souter||First Republic Bank||Chief Data Officer|
|Harry Tannenbaum||Google||Director, Hardware|
|Jeff Thayer||Informatica||Vice President Marketing Operations|
|Nikolas (Nick) Triantos||NetApp||Senior Director, Enterprise Reporting & Data Management|
|Simon Tucker||Anaplan||Chief Customer Officer|
|Nate Veldkamp||Tesla||Finance Business Intelligence|
|Abe Weston||Associate Principal|