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Milgard School of Business Success Center

The Milgard School of Business is proud to host our dedicated career management Success Center. The Center is located in Dougan 290. Career management services are currently offered to all Milgard students and alumni.

Milgard School of Business prepares graduates to enter the workforce as digital, data and analytics savvy business analysts, program managers, project managers, analytics managers, consultants, business intelligence architects, engineers & analysts, information architects, dashboard designers & developers, solutions architect, digital talents, T-shaped analytical thinkers and adaptive innovators.

This program explores innovation as a creative problem-solving capability that is applied to a wide variety of market opportunities and social/institutional challenges. Students will have the opportunity to apply concepts, principles, and methods associated with business analytics to smart digital solutions (e.g. Apple Siri, IBM Watson, Microsoft Cortana, Google Now, and Amazon Echo). The program presents real opportunities and/or problems in an application domain associated with students' area of interest. More samples are in below...

What is Business Analytics?

Those skilled in business intelligence and analytics make effective and efficient business decisions that solve existing business problems, create new business opportunities, and improve the performance of organizations.

Business intelligence and analytics represents the combination of skills, practices, processes, applications and technologies used by organizations (for continuous iterative exploration and investigation of past business performance) to gain actionable insights for their business based on data, information, statistics, quantitative modeling, simulation, optimization & knowledge. It includes solutions for gathering, storing, accessing, reporting, modeling, simulating, analyzing and visualizing data to support actionable decision-making and innovation. 

What does BA mean for professionals in every field? Some examples are:

  • Marketing professionals: understanding not only what the customers want to buy, but how much they are willing to pay, how they would like to buy, and what keeps them loyal.
  • Supply-chain & logistics managers: not just tracking inventories, but also anticipating and preventing future problems and designing more responsive supply networks.
  • Human capital managers: knowing how much personnel contribute to or take away from the bottom line, how salary relates to their performance, and how to keep good employee in the company.
  • Finance professionals: being able to not only measure performance based on accurate financial information, but also asses the value of intangible capabilities. It also means having a balanced portfolio of metrics as a strategic management system.
  • Engineers and production managers: maximizing yields, and predicting equipment malfunction before breakdowns occur.
  • Sales professionals: knowing what, when and how customers want to buy, and how much they are willing to pay.
  • Healthcare personnel: saving patient lives by intervening at the first tell-tale signs in real-time.
  • IT professionals: reinvigorating the company’s CRM and ERP systems and integrating information into a data warehouse. It means having an IT strategy and cross-functional teams that support the above initiatives.
  • Utility service professionals: what, when and how customers are using the services.
  • Insurance companies: profitably insuring customers traditionally in high-risk categories, detecting fraudulent behavior before it is too late, and optimizing rate structures.

What exactly are “T-shaped analytical thinkers & adaptive innovators”?

  • Business: What are the problems and/or opportunities?

Create/amend business processes, create new businesses, close existing ones and enter new markets. Necessary skills for achieving organizational impact and competitive advantage with strategic thinking, service transformation and evidence-based decision making, e.g. communication, project management, process optimization, business ethics, privacy, organizational culture change

  • Data: What data and/or digital service could solve this problem?

Core methods for acquiring, storing, handling and representing data, and how to convert that data to information, knowledge, and wisdom for desired outcomes, data modeling and databases

  • Analyze: What models & methods can I apply to solve this problem?

Descriptive, predictive, prescriptive, cognitive/machine learning, visualization/storytelling, core analytical, statistical and computational techniques, regression and related statistical methods, data and text mining and cognitive analytics, and operations research methods

  • Revolutionize: How to apply to our business?

Key insights that can be gained only through hands-on experience working with and implementing analytical projects in a business environment


Business/Data Analytics Skills & Sample Occupations


Business/Data Analytics Skills Promoted

  • Assistant Data Scientist
  • Data Scientist
  • Advanced Analytics

Mathematical and operations researcher skills to develop analytic algorithms for optimized processes. Create sophisticated analytical models used to build new datasets and derive new insights from data.

  • Consultant
  • Professional Services Consultant
  • Business Analysts
  • Data Analysts
  • Business Intelligence Analysts
  • Portfolio, Campaign, HR/People, Pricing, Financial, Online Marketing, Testing, Product, CRM, Fraud/Risk Analyst, Customer, Advertising, Sales, Supply Chain, Logistics, Helpdesk, Education Leadership

Business & data analysts that apply business intelligence and analytics to turn data to information and to business insights, and integrate with processes for optimized results. Leverage data analysis and modeling techniques and glean insights across functional domains.

  • Technology Solution Architect
  • Information Architect
  • Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator

Data and information management skills to decide how what and how to collect, store, manage and understand patterns and trends in data. Design, build and maintain organization’s data and analytical infrastructure.

  • Storyteller
  • Dashboard Developer

Dashboard development and management skills to identify right key performance indicators, and to manage processes more efficiently.

  • Report Writer

Visualization skills to interpret data and present it in meaningful skills ways.

  • Program Managers
  • Technical Program Managers
  • Project Manager
  • Analytics Managers
  • Marketing Director
  • Marketing, Operations, Financial, Sales, HR, etc.
  • Analytics Managers or Consultants

Oversee analytical operations and communicate insights to executives.

  • Chief Analytics Officers
  • Chief Digital Officer
  • Chief Information Officer

Leadership skills to foster organizations’ transformation with data, information, analytics and digitalization.

  • Business Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Accouting Analyst

Utilize data and analytical model to inform domain-specific  functions and operational decisions.

  • Project Manager
  • Marketing, Operations, HR, Sales etc. Manager

Project management skills to select and implement right business intelligence and analytics solutions at organizations.

  • Executive, VPs, Senior Director

Business domain strategy and executive management skills to know when and how to use data and analytics for strategic and tactical decision making.

Estimated Salary Information

Graduated students from the MSBA program in the last two years have received job offers from companies like Amazon, FiveBY Solutions, INC., Apex Systems, Harman Connected Services Inc, Microsoft Corporation, Launch Consulting, Sigma Consultants Group, CBTS LLC, and have received salaries ranging from $80k to $160k. Click Here to find out which industry pays analysts the highest.

US Bulk Salaries in Analytics - Indeed

Analytics Salaries - Glassdoor

Salary Benchmarks by Industry - PayScale

Salary Calculator - Robert Half Technology Salary Guide

Where are our MSBA students and alumni employed?

Our MSBA students & alumni (AY17-18 = 32 alumni, AY18-19=33 alumni, AY19-20=76 students) are in high demand and they are employed with companies such as

  • Accrete Construction LLC
  • AdColony
  • Amazon
  • American Express
  • Audigy
  • Benaroya Research Institute
  • Bidspotter
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Blue Shore Financial
  • BNY Mellon
  • Boeing
  • Centene Corporation
  • Citco
  • City of Fircrest
  • Costco
  • CPRS
  • Delta Airlines
  • Deltek
  • DocuSign
  • Fjuri
  • Geneo Healthcare
  • Groupon Inc.
  • H2K Infosys
  • IBM (India)
  • Infoblox
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Loft9 Consulting
  • Luxoft USA INC
  • Microsoft
  • Mindtree
  • NCSoft
  • Nikee
  • Novartis
  • Nuun
  • Pierce College
  • Pierce Transit
  • Pinkerton
  • Precision Castparts
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Providence Health
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • Russell Investments
  • Safeworks
  • Slalom Consulting
  • Sogeti USA
  • State Farm
  • Tacoma Public Utilities
  • Teeter
  • The Clorox Company
  • T-Mobile
  • University of Washington
  • US Army
  • UW Medicine
  • Valley Medical Center
  • Virginia Mason
  • WA State Healthcare Authority
  • WA State Patrol
  • Washington State Department of Early Learning
  • YMCA of Greater Seattle

What are type of positions/roles for MSBA alumni?

Sample list of positions/jobs/roles that our students are working.

  • Advanced Analytics
  • Analytics Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Business Intelligence Analysts
  • Business Intelligence Architect
  • Chief Analytics Officers
  • Chief Digital Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Consultant
  • Data Analysts
  • Data Scientist
  • Data Engineer
  • Assistant Data Scientist
  • Database Administrator
  • Executive, VPs
  • Senior Director
  • Financial Analyst
  • Information Architect
  • Marketing Director
  • Marketing, Operations, HR, Sales etc. Manager
  • Portfolio, Campaign, HR/People, Pricing, Financial, Online Marketing, Testing, Product, CRM, Fraud/Risk Analyst, Customer, Advertising, Sales, Supply Chain, Logistics, Helpdesk
  • Professional Services Consultant
  • Program Managers
  • Project Manager
  • Report Writer
  • Software Engineer
  • Storyteller/ Dashboard Developer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Program Managers
  • Technology Solution Architect