University of Utah Master's degree, 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 Sat Sep 14 2019
So, actually, for my story, I went to university in China for two years and it changed to University called Weber State University to finish my bachelor's degree. I majored being economics and accounting so, in that way, I understand how the data works and how companies record their own data like an accounting system. After that, I went back to China and tried to start my own company with my friend. We have really amazing business idea but on a way of our finding our founder, we don't have people to give us money to invest on us because we don't have enough data to convince them or enough strategy to convince them to invest in us. That's why I think I needed some other skill to help me to improve my convincing skills like data analysis, data visualization, using data to convince other people to believe in my idea or to believe in my prediction idea. I think that became my motivation here.

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's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Sat Sep 14 2019
So for the master's degree for the MSBA program here in the University of Utah, most classes are divided into two parts. One part is data, one part is the programming. So for data part is more like, how you find data, which is data mining, how you treat data, data analysis and how you present your data to your potential customers, like data visualization, and for programming, it's like all the programming related to data like R or Python so basically, all kind of classes like this. For my favorite, I think my favorite is all the programming computer languages I will learn because as an international student, it's really challenging to learn a new language. It's even more challenging for me to learn a new language using a second language but once we got on a path, it's really easy for me to tell the computer what to do and easier for me to share my thoughts with others because before when I wanted to share my thought with others I had to understand American English culture, I had to learn how to say in American speaking, "all right, all right" like this. But for computer core programming talk is cheap, show me the code. I think that is really explanatory and for the time I spent for classes, assignments most time it's like 2 to 4 hours for one week class for assignments and another 1 to 2 hours for preparation, like a review- preview and for task preparation, I think as long as you follow the path you finish an assignment, it won't take you more than half a day. You just draw a diagram and the structure of the class and you'll have your way.

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's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Sat Sep 14 2019
It's really hard for me to find the best part. I think all parts are best like we have the best faculty, resources, alumni and networking. But what I really like about our program is we have a project which is embedded in our whole project is called Capital Project. In that project where we got a lot of companies where they're presenting their actual life problems to us and then we try our best to use our skills learned in school to help them to solve their problem. I think that's really amazing. I'm really looking forward to doing that.

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: Master's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Sat Sep 14 2019
We actually talked about before, which is learning computer programming language using a second language as it could be really hard because understanding someone else using a second language is hard enough but understanding someone else using some other language is rather more challenging. But when I got on track in the class, I think all the professors are really good at explaining things and they take you on the right track like they can show you how to do this, how to do that step by step. I think that is really important for people, especially for me. I have no background in programming. It's really helpful and after overcoming that, I feel really good about it, and I think it's really a good way for me to communicate with others as we talked about before.

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

Based on experience at: Master's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Sat Sep 14 2019
I really like the idea of MSBA, so I looked for all the MSBA programs across the country. Majorly, I looked at the University of Oregon and ASU, Arizona State University, they all have relatively good business analytics programs but for the USA the class period is really short, it's like two-semester and you graduate. So I don't think I will have enough time to, pour myself into the program and learn something, it's just like two-semester and done. I don't feel really good about it. And also life expenditure in California is rather really higher than here, it's like three times or four times. Apart from that, Utah is ranked in the top three increasing states in America and is growing really fast so I believe the future is here that's why I chose this one and Arizona is hotter than here and more humid so I don't like it. 

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's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Sat Sep 14 2019
I think it's not really hard for someone who really wants to get into this program. If you don't have a lot of experience as long as you have relatively higher scores that will be fine. I think for GMAT it is more than 650 is fine and for me, I tried to have my GPA really high during my bachelor's degree. I got a 3.91 GPA so I'm pretty confident about it on getting out of the program. So during my application one, I really liked is that you have to write an essay on how you are understanding the program, how you think the future of the program is going to be. So this actually pushes the potential student to think what is he going to really get after the program and if they don't do this, they are going to waste their money doing something they actually have no idea about.

What is the approximate cost per semester that you pay? What various fundings, scholarships, and part-time jobs students typically get, and how?

Based on experience at: Master's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Sat Sep 14 2019
I got a scholarship from the university, it's like $19,000, so per semester it is like $9000, as long as you are a really good student, you can either have good working experience or good score, they can give you in-state student tuitions, which is like a way cheaper than other state student tuitions and the way to apply for that is really easy. Just write an article about the given topic. Mostly the topic is similar to the one you need to write for application for entering the program and for the most part-time job students here get, my friends and my peers, a lot of them got TA which is for teaching assistant or some of them get research assistance, which is helping professors doing research, which is really good and helpful and it helps you to learn and you also get paid scholarship for that. It's like 2500 scholarship per semester, it is pretty good though.

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

Based on experience at: Master's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Sat Sep 14 2019
For jobs, you can tell from our class schedule. We have programming classes and data analysis class. So most time our students are getting data analytics or data scientist job. The job title varies from different companies. But from my point of view, when I talk to our alumni, I think they're doing pretty well, their annual salaries range from $60,000 to $90,000 a year so it's pretty good. Basically, in the first year, you can get all of your tuition and all of your expenditure cost back. 

What are some future career path(s) for you? What skills, certificates, or experiences do you plan on acquiring?

Based on experience at: Master's degree, Business Analytics, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Sat Sep 14 2019
I want to get a job in Adobe, they have a really good job for data scientist and they have the certificate for data analysis. I want to get that one during my studies here.

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

Based on experience at: Bachelor's degree, Accounting and Economics , Weber State University
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Sat Sep 14 2019
For Weber State University, I think that university actually helped me to get involved and get into American culture. I know they eat turkeys on Thanksgiving, they eat turkeys on Christmas, they eat turkeys every time they have holidays. I talked to them, I got involved in the community, and I participated in all kinds of events. I think that's really helpful for someone to get a better understanding of American culture and how American companies are recruiting their potential employees.

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's degree, Accounting and Economics , Weber State University
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Sat Sep 14 2019
In Weber State University, it was my first year in a foreign country. I had no idea how people here were, are they nice are they bad. But going to Weber State University and talking to the roommates there and faculty there helped me a lot and after overcoming it, I think it's really good. Another challenge is that I have to cook myself. So the good thing about learning cooking here in America is you can learn how to cook Chinese food and you can learn how to cook a steak.

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

Based on experience at: Bachelor's degree, Accounting and Economics , Weber State University
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Sat Sep 14 2019
For Weber State University, it's like I don't have a lot to choose. This is the programming related to my Chinese university called Shanghai Normal University. They have a really good program called Two Plus Two, where you have two years in China and two years in America, so you get two diplomas.

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

Based on experience at: Bachelor's degree, Financial management, Shanghai Normal University
Summarized By: Jyotsana Gupta on Sat Sep 14 2019
For Shanghai Normal University, it's like five years ago. I think that time I was in the phase of transforming my idea from a high school student to a college student. As a high school student, the professors give you the job, you finish the job, they give you the material, you finish the material and for Shanghai Normal University, it actually gave me a way to transform from thinking like a student to thinking like social people. So there, I joined the student council and helped to host different events and that experience helped me to gain a lot of social experience and I developed my own way to communicate with other people. I think that's really helpful for me.