MBA in Analytics

Master of Business Administration
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Steer Data-Driven Decisions 

There’s a growing demand for professionals who steer data-driven decisions at the intersection of business, management, analytics, and strategy.  

The Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is introducing a new STEM-designated MBA in Analytics to equip individuals with these skills and prepare the next generation of leaders in this business domain. MBA graduates often experience significant career promotions and salary increases after completing their degree. In fact, more than two thirds of WPI MBA graduates report getting a promotion.

Value Proposition Description

Program Highlights Include: 

  • Leverage analytics methods, tools, and techniques to make strategic business decisions using a data-driven approach. 
  • Build your skills for early- to mid-career leadership roles in analytics, project management, product management, and more. 
  • Choose from concentrations in Applied Business Analytics, Data-Driven Strategic Management, Marketing Analytics, or Operations Analytics. 
  • Prepare for in-demand job roles: data analytics positions are projected to grow by 23% by 2031, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
  • International students can take advantage of the extended OPT benefits with this STEM-designated degree. 


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Curriculum for Master of Business Administration in Analytics  

Learn more about the required courses and specializations to customize your degree. 

Required Core Courses (4 Courses) 

MIS 502 Data Management for Analytics 

FIN 500 Financial Management 

MKT 500 Marketing Strategy 

OIE 501 Operations Management 

SPECIALTIES (18 Credits – Select two specialties of three courses each)

Applied Business Analytics (Select any 3 of the following)
  • FIN 540 Financial Analytics 
  • MIS 584 Business Intelligence 
  • MIS 587 Business Applications in Machine Learning 
  • MKT 568 Marketing Analytics 
  • OIE 552 Modeling and Optimizing Processes  
Data-driven Strategic Management (Select any 3 of the following)
  • BUS 546 Managing Technological Innovation 
  • ETR 593 Technology Commercialization 
  • MIS 576 Project Management 
  • MKT 569 Product Management  
Marketing Analytics
  • Required: MKT 568 Marketing Analytics  

Select two of the following:  

  • MKT 561 Consumer Behavior and Analytics 
  • MKT 562 Marketing Research 
  • MKT 565 Digital and Social Media Marketing  
Operations Analytics (Select any 3 of the following)
  • OIE 501 Operations Management 
  • OIE 542 Risk Management and Decision Analysis 
  • OIE 544 Supply Chain Analysis and Design 
  • OIE 548 Performance Analytics 
  • OIE 558 Designing and Managing Lean Six Sigma Processes 
  • OIE 549 Sustainable Supply Chain and Operations Management 

Required Capstone Courses

  • OBC 505 Teaming and Organizing for Innovation 
  • BUS 594 Data-driven Business Strategy (Capstone)  

Important Dates

Next Start: August 22, 2024 

Application Deadline: Apply anytime! 

Purvi Shah
Purvi Shah
Associate Professor, The Business School

Professor Shah has 'done' marketing and now she 'teaches' marketing at the WPI Business School. She has a diverse industry experience in the marketing/brand management function of mid-size to large corporations across consumer goods, retail, and real estate verticals. In academics, she aspires to play her role as a researcher (knowledge creation) and teacher (knowledge dissemination). Her research questions, in the context of discovery, attempt to explain and understand interesting and challenging marketing phenomena that have not received much research attention.

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Bengisu Tulu
Bengisu Tulu

I enjoy teaching because it allows me to interact with students who have the potential to make the world a better place using technology. I continually innovate in my courses to ensure students enjoy the learning experience, learn the key concepts and skills related to information systems through real world examples, have an opportunity to learn from each other, learn to present themselves as professionals, and most importantly learn to use or develop technology to make a difference.

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Jim Ryan
Jim Ryan
Associate Teaching Professor, The Business School

Prior to accepting my faculty position with WPI in 2019, I held tenured positions with Troy University and Auburn University at Montgomery, retiring from the Alabama System in 2019. During this time frame, I also visited the University of Louisiana at LaFayette. My teaching philosophy focuses on practical application of Information Technology and I have taught courses across the spectrum of management information systems, concentrating on systems analysis, database management systems, e-commerce, computer networking, and information systems strategy.

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Renata Konrad
Renata Konrad
Associate Professor, The Business School

The application of Industrial Engineering and mathematical knowledge has always been a rewarding challenge for me. I draw on a variety of Industrial Engineering techniques including optimization and simulation. My research has included evaluating anti-human trafficking efforts, computationally characterizing episodes of care from health insurance claim records, and examining the impact of physician incentives on patient outcomes, as well as research related to mental health, patient flow and practice guidelines.  

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