Posted on August 21, 2017 by Joanna Carver

MSDA students studying Culminating a momentous year of firsts, the UTSA College of Business graduated the first cohort of students in the M.S. in Data Analytics program and placed them on the pathway to professional success.

Filling the need for highly-skilled data analysts, the college launched the M.S. in Data Analytics program last fall. Offered in both daytime and evening cohorts, the daytime cohort concluded this summer with 20 graduates. The evening cohort will graduate in December.

The initial class included students from a variety of majors including mathematics, marketing, statistics, computer information systems, finance and psychology. Representing universities from across the United States and internationally, 30 percent of the students were Hispanic.

“The faculty in the program deeply cared about the students and challenged us to succeed,” said Beth Ross, MSDA ’17. “They spent extra time outside of class ensuring that we were comfortable with the material.”

Drawing upon experiential learning, the students became data savvy professionals and learned the latest tools, techniques and applications used to transform data into meaningful information. Further, they applied their education by performing real-world data analytics through intensive practicum coursework with strategic business partners.

“Our program covers a wide array of topics including analytics, data architecture and business issues,” said Max Kilger , director of the data analytics program. “And, the students learned how to apply this skill set to real world problems. We are thrilled with the success and the growth that we’ve seen in this first class of students.”

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