The Watson Graduate School of Management at Oklahoma State University offers an online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) degree and an online Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS-MIS) degree with a Data Science option. The MSBA curriculum focuses on the analytics knowledge and software technologies uses to solve real-world business problems, with coursework in programming, statistics, database management, and marketing research. The Data Science program targets descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive modeling techniques, and covers the coding skills used in the design of big data systems. Both degrees require the completion of 33 credits of coursework. Part-time students can complete the MSBA program in two years. The MS-MIS is also designed for part-time enrollment, and takes closer to two-and-a-half years to complete, although students have up to seven years to finish the requirements. Both of these programs are 100% online and do not require any campus visits.
The online degree programs at the Watson Graduate School of Management utilize asynchronous instruction, which means that recorded video lectures and other course materials are accessible to students on-demand, 24/7. Online students interact with instructors and classmates through discussion boards and chat rooms. Students in these programs are required to follow a designated schedule for logging on to courses and completing assignments and exams.
The Watson School’s MSBA degree is an interdisciplinary STEM program that is housed in the Department of Marketing. Students entering the program must be able to demonstrate knowledge of basic computer programming, statistics, and business concepts, either through prior coursework, professional experience, or a combination of the two. The core requirements include 21 credits of coursework in the following: Graduate Statistics; Descriptive Business Analytics; Advanced Database Management; Predictive Business Analytics; Advanced Programming; Advanced Business Analytics; Mathematical Programming and Simulation; and Advanced Marketing Research Analytics. Additionally, students take four professional “soft skills” seminars that count toward one credit each, and complete three projects, in Visualization and Descriptive Analytics; Predictive Analytics; and Advanced Analytics. The remaining credits required for graduation are conferred through elective coursework in subject areas like statistics, information science, finance, and operations research. This elective coursework can also be configured to count toward professional certifications in Data Mining, Predictive Analytics, and/or Marketing Data Science.
The MS-MIS program is grounded in a 21-credit core of seven courses that cover the key applications of information technologies in the business world. These include: MIS in Business; Advanced Database Management; Advanced Systems Analysis & Design; Programming for Analytics; Data Warehousing; Descriptive Analytics and Visualization; and a Practicum in Business Information Systems. Students on the Data Science track then take one additional required course — Predictive Analytics Technologies — and select three electives, such as Big Data Analytics Technologies; Prescriptive Analytics; and Data Mining and CRM Applications.
The Watson Graduate School of Management at Oklahoma State University is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).