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Texas MSBA Ranks No. 3 in Nation

Text: No. 3 in the U.S. Texas MS Business Analytics

Only four years after its launch, the Texas Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) at the McCombs School of Business already ranks No. 3 in the nation, according to the latest ranking from Master's in Data Science.

McCombs is the highest-ranked public school on the list. First and second place went to MIT and Carnegie Mellon, respectively, in the ranking of 21 master's programs specializing in business analytics.

The Texas MSBA is a 10-month graduate program that prepares students for the world of big data.

MSBA Program Director Mike Hasler is delighted to see the program, which has graduated three classes so far, receive such quick acclaim.

"We are rapidly gaining a reputation for producing what I call 'quantitatively trained storytellers' — those who can perform high-level analytics on large data sets and then translate that analysis into meaningful information for decision makers," he says.

Hasler finds evidence of the critical business need for such storytellers in the program's graduates, pointing to alumni in a variety of roles at companies that include Google, Amazon.com, Facebook, General Motors, Accenture, Indeed.com, Dell, and others. "In fact, it was the strong encouragement and input of corporate supporters — particularly Wal-Mart, Deloitte Consulting, and IBM — that helped get the program started," Hasler says.

To create its ranking, Master's in Data Science, an education-focused website spotlighting data-heavy fields, used U.S. News & World Report to evaluate school strengths in quantitative analysis, computer science, statistics, and business education.

The high rank marks the second accolade for the MSBA program this year. In January, the Texas MSBA was ranked No. 5 in the nation by the Financial Engineer Times, which examined student quality and employment and salary data.

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