Stephen Mahar – MSA Program

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Stephen:  The MSA program is focused on improving business decision-making.  We are housed in the business school and are AACSB accredited and when I think analytics a lot of time I think of the different phases – we have descriptive, predictive and prescriptive.  And a lot of what we’re doing here, going over, it fits right into that prescriptive phase.  So we’re teaching the students a lot of existing tools and techniques as far as Data Management, Data Mining and Decision Modeling and then students are taking the skill set and applying it to improve business decision-making.  Our focus when we were developing the program, we were working with Fortune 500 executives, trying to understand what they thought should be involved in an analytics curriculum.  And so those are the tools and techniques that we brought into the curriculum so that students can go out there and start making use of them, on day one.

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