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Clemson creates first MBA in analytics

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Published Nov. 5, 2015

Starting in the fall 2016 semester, Clemson University’s business school will offer the first Master of Business Administration program in analytics in the state of South Carolina.

According to the university, the program will “include a cluster of analytics courses that employers are finding crucial to the success of 21st century businesses. The Clemson University board of trustees recently approved the program.

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Jason Thatcher, business school management professor and director of Clemson’s Social Analytic Institute, said students seeking the new degree will “need core management skills but will also need to feel comfortable processing data and making business decisions on large masses of that data.”

“It’s where businesses are headed and what employers are wanting from employees today,” Thatcher said. “This new MBA curriculum will enable Clemson’s business school to deliver a more holistic business education experience to students.”

The university said the process of looking at the new degree offering began with gathering feedback from industry professionals, and that feedback included learning about data analytics gaps in the university curriculum.

“Discussions with industry professionals made it clear there was a strong and unfulfilled need in the market for employees with management and analytical skills,” said Greg Pickett, senior associate dean and director of MBA programs. “The MBA concentration in analytics will help fill knowledge gaps and give Clemson students a competitive edge in employment opportunities.”

Interim business school Dean Bobby McCormick said the new program can benefit any student and will cater to “current industry analysts who want to participate but are unable to take leave of absences from their employment.

“This is a discipline modern businesses have told us they are wanting from their employees, and we are delivering. It’s one more way Clemson’s business school is preparing the next generation of business leaders for life in the real world.”

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