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Business analytics blends economics, statistics, and computer science. With the rapid growth in data and low-cost computing, businesses are applying business analytics techniques to every facet of the organization, from operations, to talent management, to marketing.

You will study courses in areas such as data visualization, statistical analysis, database management, and modeling decision-making. A report by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that there will be 1.5 million open positions for people with business analytics training by 2018.

The business analytics track prepares students for passage of the SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst Credential. This certification is for business professionals who carry out applied statistical analysis and is administered by the SAS Institute Incorporated. 

Salary.com indicates the median starting salary is $57,339.

Benefits of One Course At A Time

Cornell's block plan provides you with the opportunity to experience aspects of business life that are outside the reach of most undergraduates. Experiential learning means you meet people working in the business world, visit various business organizations, and directly observe business processes. In other words, you aren't anchored to just reading about business theory and practices, you see it first-hand. 

Off-campus studies

Block-long, off-campus study opportunities are offered in Argentina, Chicago, Shanghai, Dallas, and more. You'll get the chance to talk to business leaders, and discuss real problems, which will help you build bridges between what you learned in class and what you observe in the business world. You will learn through firsthand experience, whether on the trading floor in Chicago's financial district or on the floor of factories in emerging global markets. 

Internships and fellowships

Internships are an integral part of your coursework. Working in consultation with a faculty advisor, you may be eligible to receive academic credit for an internship. Recent locations include: 

  • Jacobson Group, Chicago, Illinois
  • Teacher Created Materials, Huntington Beach, California
  • Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Nortek Air Solutions, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Republican National Committee, Washington, D.C.