Why study Business Analytics at MC?
In the age of Big Data, more data has been created in the last two years than in the entire history of the human race. Business analysts interpret and analyze this data with the goal of improving the functioning of businesses and organizations. These professionals are employed everywhere from Fortune 500 companies to hospitals, non-profit agencies, and government organizations. Successful business analysts possess a unique combination of domain knowledge and a solid foundation in mathematics, statistics, and computer science.
The Major in Business Analytics presents a creative and solid balance between mathematical techniques and business applications and provides flexibility to accommodate a variety of student backgrounds and interests. Educated in Maryville College's strong liberal arts curriculum, graduates of the program are able to meet the many challenges of today’s data-driven business environment. The program aims to create experts who understand the complex issues facing organizations; gather, organize and analyze data from a variety of sources; suggest realistic solutions based on solid mathematical reasoning; and communicate findings to a variety of audiences. See also the Minor in Analytics.
Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.
Meet a Current Student
Thomas Simms '19
Hometown: Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
In fall 2017, Thomas, then a mathematics major, was able to acquire an internship in Blount Memorial Hospital’s Financial Operations Center. The work convinced him to change his major.
“It only took me a few weeks of running data analysis for Blount Memorial to realize that I wanted to pursue a career in business analytics. Due to the fact it is a fast-growing field and has a blend of mathematics and business, I was very intrigued by this new area of study. I plan to continue with Blount Memorial for the rest of my undergraduate degree, and I want to get a master’s degree in business analytics after I graduate.”
Meet a Graduate
Grace Puryear ’17
Currently: Pursuing a master’s of science in business analytics at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville
It was a summer internship with Great West Casualty where Grace really saw, up close, what a career in business analytics looks like. She liked it. The internship, along with the College’s challenging coursework in math and statistics, prepared her for graduate school and also helped her land a teaching assistantship.
“I chose to pursue this program because of all the opportunities it brings. It's the perfect combination of math, statistics and business,” she said. “It's also a growing field with a great job outlook. UT has one of the best business analytics programs in the country, so I'm super excited for these next couple of years.”