Business Analytics Becomes Stand Alone Major for Fall 2016 Semester

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, job growth in the field will increase by 30% in the next 10 years.

Business analytics presentationManhattan College is introducing business analytics as an individual major for the fall 2016 semester. Business analytics was previously a co-major within the School of Business

“This is a niche we’re developing with our undergraduates, focusing on more interdisciplinary programs,” said Salwa Ammar, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business. “We’re looking forward to having our students use the applied skills they’ll learn in their business courses.” 

The business analytics major will offer a curriculum that will leverage quantitative methods and evidence-based decision-making in support of business performance. The program uses a cross-disciplinary approach to allow business students to be effective leaders, capable of dealing with large, dynamic and complex data. 

Manhattan College also hosts a nationwide Business Analytics Competition and Conference each year on campus. Competing teams analyze business-related data sets and present their solutions in both poster format and oral presentation to judges. Participating teams are recognized at a special award ceremony that takes place at the end of the competition, and the top three teams earn a monetary prize. The 2016 closing ceremony took place at the Microsoft Technology Center in Times Square.

The conference also includes talks from data analytics professionals who provide insight into topical issues and trends. Past speakers have included industry professionals from Verizon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft, among others.

For more information about the business analytics major, contact Patricia Sheridan, J.D., chair of the accounting/law/computer information systems program, at or (718) 862-7470.

By Pete McHugh