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 our 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
Caleb Underdown ’21
Hometown: Athens, Tenn.
Caleb’s long-term career goal is to be an entrepreneur. He decided on the business analytics major because he thought it would give him the best foundation for business ownership moving forward. “The focus on math and business will help me develop my rational and critical thinking skills, and the computer science portion will teach me an invaluable skill necessary to succeed in today’s technology-driven world,” he said. “Right after graduation, I plan to enter the workforce, but long term look for me in the Fortune 500 -- hopefully!” In addition to his classroom work, he is a member of the College’s chapter of ENACTUS, a global organization focused on social enterprise.
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.”