Milgard welcomes inaugural student cohort to the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program

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We have all heard about the shortage of talent in data analysis. According to McKinsey Global Institute, by 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use big data to make effective decisions.

This Autumn 2017, the Milgard School of Business welcomed the inaugural cohort of Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) students to the UW Tacoma campus. The inaugural cohort is comprised of 35 interdisciplinary students with different skills, knowledge and experiences who will become next-generation savvy business analysts, project managers, analytics managers, chief analytics officers, digital talents, T-shaped analytical thinkers and adaptive innovators. Milgard's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) MSBA will prepare students to succeed in the data-driven digital era.

Here is a glimpse of the cohort profile:

  • Average years of professional work experience: 6 years
  • 66% male, 34% female
  • 26% hold advanced degrees
  • 43% are international students
  • 4 students with military experience (Army, Air Force, Coast Guard)
  • 22 companies are being represented

Additionally, students in the MSBA program are coming with years of industry experience. Some industries represented are aerospace, airline, accounting, IT, insurance, healthcare, financial, government, marketing, nonprofit, and more.

The inaugural cohort has a diverse student population including students who traveled across the world to attend the MSBA program, along with local students from the Puget Sound Area. Classes began September 16th as part of the accelerated 9-month hybrid model that engages students and business community partners in applied projects throughout the program.

This interdisciplinary MSBA is designed for professionals and college students who want to sharpen their critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, data/analytical decision-making, digital technology-enablement and project and process management skills.

Students will be educated to make effective and efficient business decisions that solve existing problems or cultivate new opportunities, improving the performance of organizations.

You can learn more about the Milgard School’s MSBA at

October 3, 2017
Media contact: 

Shane Benoit