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Calculating Success: Saint Leo Offers New MBA in Data Analytics

Posted by Greg Lindberg on Jul 12, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Data analytics has become a tremendously growing field in just the last few years. In fact, according to the McKinzie Global Institute, the U.S. will face a shortage of nearly 200,000 data scientists by 2018.

Saint Leo University is thrilled to offer a brand new MBA program with a concentration in Data Analytics. We caught up with Dr. Vyas Krishnan, an associate professor of computer science in Saint Leo’s School of Business, to discuss the new MBA track.

Q: What is the MBA with a concentration in Data Analytics, and when will it be offered?
A: This innovative program will begin in the Fall 2017 semester. It’s a 100% online program that consists of 12 courses for a total of 36 credits. Seven of the 12 courses cover the traditional MBA core curriculum, including economics, marketing, and management. The other five classes have an intense focus on data analytics. This coursework provides students with the best of both worlds – a solid business administration background paired with highly relevant studies in working with big data and its many applications across a number of industries.

Q: How did Saint Leo decide to begin offering this particular program?

A: The idea behind starting this program was based on the current market and the ever-increasing demand for data analytics professionals and leaders.

We have a Dean’s Advisory Council with executives from marketing, human resources, manufacturing, telecommunications, and other industries who have all identified data analytics as an extremely relevant and growing field.

From smartphones to websites to electronic sensors, data has been collected for many years in all sectors. Now we’re seeing the benefits of actually using this information to make strategic business decisions.

For example, let’s say there is a flu epidemic, and we collect data about where it is spreading, the demographics of those being affected, and many other factors. Analyzing this data could aid healthcare professionals in finding a way to stop the spread of the virus.

Consumer data is another huge area with lots of potential for analysis. There is also non-numerical, textual data that can be examined.

There are so many areas to look at, and with the technology and algorithms we have today, the sky is literally the limit on what we can determine from data analysis and how we can help organizations attain their goals.

Q: What separates this program from others?

Data analytics is a fairly new industry. When it comes to MBA programs, they are far more likely to focus on marketing, management, and finance. So, we are proud to be one of the early players in this market.

Students will get a varied array of different perspectives from various academic departments as faculty members from across the university come together to teach in this program.

Bottom line – this degree concentration gives students an effective balance between regular MBA courses and a significant concentration on data analytics that most other M.B.A. programs out there do not offer.

Q: What are some specific topics that will be covered?
A: The MBA in Data Analytics will cover:

  • Fundamentals of data analytics
  • Data mining techniques
  • Theories in data analysis
  • Statistics and mathematical models
  • Web analytics
  • Business intelligence
  • Real-world case studies from various industries

Q: What types of careers can students enjoy after graduating with this particular degree?


Graduates who attain the MBA in Data Analytics can find opportunities as:
Data analytics business consultants

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Topics: MBA, Academic Success, Business

Sailor Receives Officer Commission After Earning Saint Leo Online MBA

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Dec 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Former logistics specialist credits Saint Leo MBA degree with helping him earn a highly competitive commission.

Jason Kouche has served in the U.S. Navy for six years and during that time he has had two goals: to earn an MBA degree and to receive an officer commission.

For three consecutive years, the petty officer first class, a logistics specialist, applied for supply corps commissioning programs. And three years in a row he was denied due to limited space availability.

But Jason persevered.

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Topics: MBA

Saint Leo’s Online MBA Sport Business Program Maintains Top Worldwide Ranking

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Sep 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Despite increasing competition, Saint Leo’s online MBA in sport business consistently ranks as one of the top three programs worldwide.

For the fifth consecutive year, Saint Leo University’s online MBA Sport Business program has been recognized by the prestigious industry publication, SportBusiness International, as one of the top online sports management programs in the world.

The July 2016 issue of the London-based publication lists Saint Leo’s online MBA degree program with a concentration in sport business as an international leader, placing the program at number three worldwide.

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Topics: MBA, Sport Business

Choosing The Right MBA Program

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Jun 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

New Saint Leo e-book answers prospective students’ top questions about getting started on a graduate business degree.

Why did Maxime Langelier-Parent, a professional hockey player, decide to pursue an MBA degree while he was still with the U.K.’s Nottingham Panthers?

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Topics: MBA

Saint Leo Offers Two New Online MBA Concentrations

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Jun 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

University’s newest online MBA concentrations are in supply chain global integration management and risk management.

Starting with the upcoming Fall I term, which begins on Aug. 22, 2016, students enrolled in Saint Leo University’s online MBA program can chose from two new concentrations: supply chain global management and risk management.

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Topics: MBA

Why An Online MBA?

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on May 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Get to know two members of Saint Leo’s MBA Class of 2016 and what motivated them to earn a master of business administration degree online.

As the global product line manager for Jordan Footwear, Brian Davison is based out of Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. His responsibilities, however, take him all over the world – from Washington, D.C. or Los Angeles, to China, Korea and Vietnam.

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Q&A With Online MBA Grads

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Jul 6, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Saint Leo University's online MBA program prepares grads to move their careers in new and exciting directions.

As a radiology technologist with the U.S. Air Force and now in the private sector, Christopher Ellis finds joy in helping others and the health care industry rewarding. He turned to Saint Leo University’s online MBA in health care management for the preparation he needs to move into a management position.

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Topics: MBA

Saint Leo Online MBA Is Hockey Pro’s Power Play

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Jun 4, 2015 6:30:00 AM

When he’s not on the ice, professional hockey player Maxime Langelier-Parent is online, working toward an MBA degree in sport business.

Maxime Langelier-Parent has been passionate about hockey his entire life.*

Growing up in the small town of Léry in Quebec, Max, like so many Canadian boys, spent his childhood in skates and pads dreaming about playing professional hockey.

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Topics: MBA, Sport Business

Online MBA: Still Learning After All These Years

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on May 11, 2015 8:00:00 AM

A recent grad’s reflection on earning an MBA degree online later in life.

By Kim Payne, MBA, University Communications

Three decades is a long time. Now that our sons are grown men (33 and 31 respectively), I realize just how long a time period 30 years can be.

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Topics: MBA

Sport Management Careers: Getting Started

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 20, 2014 7:46:00 AM


Three members of Saint Leo’s Sport Business Advisory Council share thoughts on what it takes to have a successful career in sport management.

If you’re pursuing a bachelor’s degree or an MBA degree in sport business, and you could sit down with successful professionals in the business, what would you want to know?

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Topics: MBA, Sport Business

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