B-school students cant get enough of big data. Neither can recruiters.
Interest in specialized, one-year masters programs in business analytics, the discipline of using data to explore and solve business problems, has increased lately, prompting at least five business schools to roll out stand-alone programs in the past two years.
The growing interest in analytics comes amid a broader shift in students ambitions. No longer content with jobs at big financial and consulting firms, the most plum jobs for B-school grads are now in technology or in roles that combine business skills with data acumen, say school administrators.
But some faculty and school administrators remain unconvinced that the programs properly prepare students to work with analytics.
The University of Southern Californias Marshall School of Business began its Master of Business Analytics program this fall with 30 students. About 50 to 60 students are expected to enroll in the $47,000 program next year, the school said.