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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?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Marcie Wallace

Business Analytics, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 10 2018
So I am where I am today through this journey that I will just tell you about. I graduated from the University of Utah in 2011 with undergraduate degree in Political Science. I always knew that I wanted to be on the quantitative side of things, but I quickly realized, with my degree and lack of experience, I wasn't going to get some of the roles that I was interested in. I slowly progressed through the workforce in data entry onto simple analysis and data transformation, working with databases, through interface testing and the like. And while doing that, I was taking school part time to get second specialized degree in economics so that I could have a little bit more on the quantitative experience and training. After that, I was still applying to analyst positions that were more advanced in the analyst positions. And not getting as much attention or responses as I would have liked to at that point in my life so i decided to resign from that position and decided to attend this program full time, hoping that I can accelerate my career after I'm done with school.

What were various specializations and courses in your curriculum? Which specialization and courses were your favorites and why? What was the average time per week that you spent in classes, in doing assignments and exam preparations?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Marcie Wallace

Business Analytics, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 10 2018
So some of the specializations that were available were data visualization, database warehousing and design and big data and data science and statistics and predictive analytics. Among my favorites were data mining and data visualization. Because I feel like these are most tailored to what I wanted to get into after I am done with my degree. On average, I would say that you spend about twenty hours total If you're doing a full time program, both inside and outside of class, although the workload does vary, and sometimes it's up to about thirty hours a week, especially when you're getting into an exam time.

What prompted you to pick this program? What other programs or Universities did you consider? What did you like about the program?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Marcie Wallace

Business Analytics, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 10 2018
So I was prompted to choose this program because I am very familiar with the University of Utah. I've known people to graduate from the MSIS program. Although, I always knew that I wanted to get more into the Data Science side of things, the analytic side of things. So I was excited when I saw that there was a program for analytic specifically. I was interested in the program because I knew the coursework would be rigorous and I felt like it accelerates my career. I didn't necessarily consider that many other programs, because the field is so new. I knew I wanted to stay in Utah and have my career in Utah. So for now, I wanted to choose a program that was close to home and I think that I was able to do that.

What major challenges did you face in this program? Can you discuss some accomplishments, some challenges that you overcame and felt proud of?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Marcie Wallace

Business Analytics, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 10 2018
There are challenges in this program. It's a very challenging program in general, by intention. Some of the challenges that I face were navigating my schedules with other people's schedules and other people's personalities when it comes to secure projects, although that is the closest approximation to real world's analytics projects, so it's completely necessary. Some of my accomplishments, I feel like you hit the higher highs when you're working well as a team on after hitting some of the lower lows. But it's, definitely more. It feels like something that you do overcome and you can feel proud of. So putting out outcomes that I don't think I would be able to do on my own or I think any of the people of my teams will be able to do on their own. Using your specializations and motivating each other feels like a a real accomplishment to me.

What was the quality of program faculty? How available were the professors in your program?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Marcie Wallace

Business Analytics, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 10 2018
The quality of the program faculty has been very high and some of these, everyone seems to be leaders in their field. They're working on projects outside their class and they are always available. Even online professors have been more physically available than any other class I've ever taken or any program I ever have been in on. And I can't say enough good things about them. I think that they are doing good work by taking time out of what they could be doing to teach others, and I think that's good work.

How did the program prepare you for your career? Think about career fairs, networking events, resume & interview help, classes and alumni support.

Asked by Jeff Musk

Marcie Wallace

Business Analytics, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 10 2018
Knowing where I am now, about a year removed from where I was before starting the program, I can definitely tell you that I feel much more prepared and ready than I was in interviews and in networking events. I feel like I can speak much more authoritatively about some of the experiences that I've had and some of the projects I have been able to work on. As an i introductory associate level analyst before I was just dipping my toes in. I didn't have as much experience or people to learn from in my career. I definitely feel like I've been packing in my mind so much to share, once I get out of this program.

What was the approximate cost per semester that you pay? What ways did you acquire a funding or scholarship or grant, if any?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Marcie Wallace

Business Analytics, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 10 2018
So the approximate cost per semester that I would have been charged is about ten thousand, bringing the total cost to around thirty thousand. I was able to acquire scholarship through the program that took total cost down by seventy five hundred and then additionally, I was able to find a student opportunity that provided another scholarship for another twenty five hundred. So currently for the full year, I'm paying about twenty thousand.

What kind of jobs, companies and salaries students typically get after they graduate from your program?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Marcie Wallace

Business Analytics, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 10 2018
The types of jobs it's anticipated that students typically get after graduating this program are business analysts, data analysts, some data scientists, healthcare, science consulting roles and the like. Typically, salary range averages around seventy thousand. There's definitely a range on that. I heard of people coming out, depending on the experience they had before coming out of this program, with salaries up to ninety five thousand, which, you know, is the averages here. Also, some people that have a little experience, or are looking for different types of roles that, expect lower salaries as well.

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 responses?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Marcie Wallace

Business Analytics, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 10 2018
So to get into this program, you either need to take the GRE or the GMAT. I knew that I was more familiar with the GRE's format and would be able to better answer some of the types of questions that were on that versus the GMAT. So I took the GRE after taking a short prep course through the University of Utah. So some of the strategies I used for that on average, if you take a prep course for that test, it can raise your score, through a lot of dedicated practice, by around six points or something. I don't remember the exact, and I knew that my scores would need to be competitive, especially to be considered for scholarships. In my application package, I highlighted some of the work experience, some of the volunteers experiences that I had done in the past, so i think just as overall package. I think that they will see me for my diverse background of educational experience, work experience, volunteer experience as well as my test scores and GPA.

What were various specializations and courses in your curriculum? Which specialization and courses were your favorites and why? What was the average time per week that you spent in classes, in doing assignments and exam preparations?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Marcie Wallace

Business Analytics, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Bachelor’s Degree, Economics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 10 2018
The courses I took in this curriculum were a real world research, which is a a program where you go out and have primary source data collection, as well as analysis and the presentation to a real client. Additionally, I remember some development classes and labor economics, some gender development classes that were really interesting. Definitely my favorite, though, was that real world research specialization. On average, you can expect to for every hour in class to dedicate at least two hours outside of class. Working on homework, it can be a bit lower, depending on how fast you're going.

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