Lindner tops rankings for data science in U.S. again

‘Predictive Analytics Today’ ranks Lindner College of Business No. 1 data science school in U.S.

The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS-BANA) program at the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business was recently ranked No. 1 in the United States by Predictive Analytics Today. This is the second year that Lindner has achieved a No. 1 ranking from the research entity.

The program’s latest achievement is a culmination of collective effort of building a strong faculty and developing strong partnerships in the industry over several years, while also responding to the evolution of and increasing demand for talent in data science and analytics.

“Becoming a top-ranked school for something as in-demand as business analytics doesn’t happen overnight,” said Marianne Lewis, PhD, dean and professor of management. “Kudos to the faculty and staff who have elevated our MS-BANA program year after year via their leading-edge curriculum, impactful thought leadership, innovative projects and experiential learning, and valued industry partnerships.”

Two students wearing red shirts and name tags stand and sit on either corner of a reception table talking to a man wearing a dark grey shirt, grey hair and glasses

MS-BANA students volunteer and greet guests at the 2019 Data Symposium. Left to right: Business Analytics Center employees Jagruti Joshi, MS '20; Project Manager and OBAIS Adjunct Instructor Bill Bresler; Xiaojing He, MS '20.

Predictive Analytics Today’s 2020 rankings report states that the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 business professionals with deep analytical skills. Lindner’s MS-BANA program is looking to buck that trend, one student and successful graduate at a time.

“Data science requires an in-depth knowledge of statistics, modeling and technology,” said Denise White, PhD, director of the MS-BANA program. “Our faculty is dedicated to remaining current in this changing environment and our students are focused learning how they can apply this knowledge in their careers. This — and every — complimentary ranking is because of the people.”

Outpacing programs at Northwestern, Columbia and Cornell, Lindner’s MS-BANA program boasts both impressive stats and unique experiential learning opportunities. Ninety-six percent of the 2019 class was employed within three months of graduating, earning an average first-year salary of $92,423. Many students consult with company partners for capstone projects, team up with classmates for case competitions or volunteer with the Center for Business Analytics.

“We really have the trifecta for being the destination in graduate analytics education: the student-centered focus of the graduate analytics administration; award-winning faculty; and a nationally-recognized Center for Business Analytics,” said Julie Glassmeyer, assistant academic director for the MS-BANA program.

Featured image: Theryoung Family Garden within Carl H. Lindner Hall

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Applications for the MS-BANA program are now being accepted for fall 2021 enrollment. Interested applicants can learn more about the program, read summaries of past capstone projects or attend a future virtual information session to consider next steps in applying to a UC graduate program.