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University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business Master of Science - MS, Business Analytics
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How did you get to where you are today? What is your story? What incidents and experiences shaped your career path?

Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Thu Oct 03 2019
So I think first to mention is that I'm an international student, I'm from Germany, and I did my undergraduate in business administration with a focus on marketing. I chose that subject because I was interested in how people act and what they think. And, that's a reason I chose that field of study and then through a job in a company in a software company in the marketing department, I first got exposed to data, and I realized that they have a lot of data, but that they don't really take the value out of the data and don't really have sophisticated ways of dealing with the data and talking to my supervisor there, I realize that this is something that I'm interested in, and that has a lot of potential in the future and that's how I came to data science

What are the various courses & majors in your program? Which ones are your favorites & why? Discuss your weekly time spent for classes, assignments & test-preparations.

Based on experience at: Master of Science - MS, Business Analytics, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Thu Oct 03 2019
I'm just beginning the program, so I don't have have a lot of classes yet, but the classes I have I'm enjoying, especially the ones that talk about the algorithms that one can use to like you get insides out off the data., also the class intro to Business Analytics was really interesting as it teaches one of the programming language R that is used overall the course that I have so far. I mean, it teaches it pretty slowly. So for one like me, who doesn't have a lot of experience in programming that was really invaluable, especially I look forward to courses like data mining and analytics decision models. That's how those classes are called, especially because there's so much data on the web, which is free and you just need some tools to get that data and send the analytics decision models class because I like the way that data is used to guide decisions and, that's the reason I'm looking forward to those classes which I will take next semester.

How does the program prepare you for your career? Think about faculty, resources, alumni, exposure & networking. What are the best parts?

Based on experience at: Master of Science - MS, Business Analytics, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Thu Oct 03 2019
Like I said, I'm just in the beginning of the program, so I'm also beginning at this university, so I have not used a lot of the resources yet, however, for once the curriculum that the program has seemed for me really well thought and that it takes all parts that could be useful for the future in the job like it tackles all those important parts as far as the curriculum says. I also got an introduction to the career services that are provided by the university, which are really good and I already had a meeting with my career advisor who can help me find a job but also can help me how can I present myself in front of employees, which is very valuable and especially the curriculum, what I like, there is something called the capstan class where you will work with a company together. And, you have a real case, you have a real setting, and I had something similar in my undergrad and I really got value out of that. So, as far as I can tell from just the beginning of the program, the program will prepare me pretty well for my future career.

What other majors and universities did you consider? What prompted you to pick this program over others?

Based on experience at: Master of Science - MS, Business Analytics, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Thu Oct 03 2019
I knew that I wanted to do something with data, data analytics, data science. So I looked into those programs that talk about data science, that talk about information systems and have that in their title. I found a program called Marketing Research and they all seem to have a major focus either on the technical side, which was too much, because I have a business background, so I'm not too deep into the technical part. The other side had a lot of business and management background, which I come from, so I already have a great exposure to that. What I liked in the MSBA program is that according to the curriculum, it has a wide range of subjects. It doesn't go too deep into it, but it exposes one to every like subject of that field and that's what I wanted. I wanted, like a few techniques and then how I can take those techniques into the business part, and, according to the classes that I have right now, that's how it is. We were taught a little bit about the algorithms about the mathematical part so we can understand it and then the other part of the class is about actually how you can implement it into the business and that's why I chose that program over other programs because it has this mix of techniques and business.

What strategies helped you get into this program? What exams and kind of scores are needed? What things did you highlight in your application package or interview?

Based on experience at: Master of Science - MS, Business Analytics, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Thu Oct 03 2019
So the exact need for me, as an international student was GMAT, which is a need for everybody but also for me as an international student, the tougher test and there's a minimum score of 80 when I applied, set by the International Office and then like I said GMAT is needed but the score is in a range and preparation before I applied, I talked to some of the staff from the admission office and they said that the application is holistic, so the score is important. But if the score is not as good, the rest of the application is considered as well, so all that together will help into the decision. As I said, I talked to the admission staff before, asked some questions, for example, How that application works? It's pretty straightforward, to be honest, it and I talked about what scores are needed? How my GPA is compared to peer students who got accepted? In my application, I highlighted that I have a business background and that I don't have that big of technological background and this is the reason why I want to pursue that degree and also what I want to do with that degree, that I want to go back into marketing and use it there and that's what I highlighted in my application.

What challenges did you face in the program and felt good about overcoming? Were there any concerns before joining that prove to be wrong?

Based on experience at: Bachelor of Science - BS, Business Administration/Marketing, Pforzheim University
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Thu Oct 03 2019
Challenges that I faced in the program were mainly the basic courses that were tough to go through, like tax law or general law, which I'm not that interested in, which is quite kind of dry. Also, accounting because that's not what I like, it's not what I'm too interested in and that's good to overcome too, I still got a good grade in there and now have some knowledge in that. The challenges that I had the most were like the programs that I was not really into getting kind of excited to go through the courses, especially at the beginning of my studies I had quite a high workload because I had a lot of courses and how it's set up in Germany is that we have courses during the semester, and then at the end, we have to take exams over the whole semester and that's quite a challenge to manage 5 to 6 courses, have two weeks of the exam period and exams are conducted every day, that is kind of challenging to manage all those courses and studying for them and still get a good grade. I don't think I had any concerns when I started, because I was expecting that it as its bachelors. I didn't know that I don't have a lot of experience in business, and that proved to be right and that prepared me pretty well.

What other majors and universities did you consider? What prompted you to pick this program over others?

Based on experience at: Bachelor of Science - BS, Business Administration/Marketing, Pforzheim University
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Thu Oct 03 2019
So I was looking for a marketing bachelor that focused mainly on marketing and there are not a lot of universities that offer a program like this. They're more like basic economics majors and then you can focus somewhere on marketing with, like, some electives. But a program like this, at least at that time, was not that common. So, there was this one university of Pforzheim where I applied but there was another school, which was not that business-oriented, but more like management-oriented. I saw more value in the business part where I am exposed not just to management techniques but also like accounting, tax, all that stuff that is hard, but also really valuable now that I know and that was one of the reasons I chose Pforzheim university.

How is the campus life? Are there any student groups or clubs that you like? What can one do for fun outside campus?

Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Thu Oct 03 2019
So this campus is huge compared to my university for bachelor which was rather small and this campus is like so huge. There's something going on everywhere I feel like every day some little events and groups presenting something or some information sessions and that's quite cool, that there's always something to do. Also, the student life center, where the gym is pretty fun to do outside of class. There's a gym, there's a pool, there's soccer, basketball courts, a climbing hall which I really appreciate. You can do it a lot of things there, and I like to go there a lot. Salt Lake City is located right in the mountains, or like right next to the mountains so you can basically go out of your classroom right into like some hikes behind the school, which I normally don't do but it's fun to go like on the weekends or later after class or before class and just, like go through the mountains and then you have a good view over the Salt Lake Valley. Also, ski resorts like Park City snowboard are pretty close and for winters, it's good skiing or snowboarding.