Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business

Clemson MBA in business analytics ranked among top in the nation


U.S. News & World Report has ranked Clemson University’s part-time, online-hybrid MBA with business analytics concentration 17th in the nation, placing it among some of the most prestigious and sought-after MBA programs available. In addition, Clemson’s MBA in business analytics is the only MBA concentration ranked in the entire state of South Carolina by U.S. News & World Report.  

MBA faculty credit the program’s acclaim and success to its unique design that includes the most relevant content for today’s corporate workplace delivered to meet the modern needs of students.

MBA Business Analytics First Cohort 2018

“All of our programs are developed with not only the expertise of our faculty but also the input of business leaders,” explains Greg Pickett, director of Clemson’s MBA Program. “We work very closely with the companies that hire our graduates, giving our students content that directly links to core business strategies and the needs of today’s most innovative industries. In the case of the MBA in business analytics, we designed the program to produce leaders that are capable of leveraging data more effectively to make better decisions.”  

U.S. News & World Report’s process to rank specialty programs leverages peer evaluations from universities across the country to determine an initial ranking. These “peer rankings” are then verified by the publication to ensure each ranked program is delivering the specialty being evaluated.

Clemson’s MBA in business analytics went through this rigorous evaluation process to earn its place on the list, validating the time, consideration and hard work that went into developing the program.

“We are very excited about this new ranking from U.S. News & World Report and honored to be included alongside some of the best programs in the nation,” adds Pickett. “We feel this ranking is an indication that we are delivering on our promise to provide our students with the tools they need to succeed and our commitment to supply the business market with the data-savvy grads they are seeking to be the next leaders.”

Today, many industries consider data to be their number one resource. The MBA in business analytics not only prepares students to manage and compare data in programs like SPSS, SAS, Python and Tableau but also how to leverage the findings for a competitive advantage. Pickett explains, “Determining how to use the data effectively is the key to success.”

For University faculty and staff, developing a cutting-edge curriculum wasn’t enough. The team knew they had to create a way to deliver content that was engaging, meaningful and worked with the changing ways students learn. The part-time, online-hybrid program consists of online classes and a few weekends of in-person learning in Greenville. This blended delivery affords students the flexibility alongside their work and personal lives with the advantage of networking opportunities with other students.

“Our program design and delivery is one of the most unique in the country and we are honored to be recognized for all of the considerations that went into creating Clemson’s high-quality MBA program,” concludes Pickett.

For more information on Clemson’s MBA in business analytics or to apply, visit https://www.clemson.edu/business/departments/mba/academics/analytics.html.

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