One of the largest and highest-ranked business schools in the nation is announcing several new degree offerings for next year. The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is adding new choices in the areas of “big data,” supply chain management and finance, plus a certificate in sales.
“We’re seeing tremendous growth in demand for professionals who can analyze the mountains of ‘big data’ coming into companies through social media, networking with customers, and other methods,” explains Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business. “That’s why we’re adding a new bachelor’s degree in data analytics and an online version of our existing master’s degree program in business analytics. We’re also introducing new degrees in global logistics from our Top 10-ranked Supply Chain Management Department and a new master’s degree in finance.”
Experts estimate 4.4 million data analysts will be needed worldwide by 2015, so this is a big area of career growth. The new bachelor’s program in business data analytics will be available at ASU’s Tempe campus, and the master’s will be a flexible online program lasting 16 months, allowing working professionals to take part. In addition, the school will launch an undergraduate certificate in applied business data analytics.
The undergraduate analytics offerings are from the school’s Information Systems Department, and the master’s degree is a joint effort from that department and the school’s Supply Chain Management Department. U.S. News & World Report ranks both departments Top 20 in the nation in their fields.
“We’re also starting up two new degrees in global logistics to help companies with efficiency, cost savings and risk reduction in their logistics operations,” says Professor John Fowler, chair of the Supply Chain Management Department at the W. P. Carey School. “The supply-chain field plays a growing role in the business world as companies work more on an international scale to meet the needs of their customers. The school has spectacular rankings and a stellar career-placement record in this area.”
Logistics knowledge is also vital after disasters like Hurricane Sandy or the big earthquake in Haiti, when countless crews and resources have to be moved. The new bachelor’s and nine-month master’s programs in global logistics will be offered at ASU’s West campus in northwest Phoenix. This is especially helpful for the business community because several global companies have facilities near this campus, including Amazon, Target, Walmart and numerous transportation companies. Also, Phoenix is relatively close to ports in Mexico and California that are heavily involved in shipping.
Next year, the W. P. Carey School will also launch a new master’s in finance program. This type of program is very popular in Europe and growing in demand in the United States, as more new college graduates want short, specialized business master’s programs to complement their undergraduate knowledge from other fields. The nine-month finance program will be available at ASU’s Tempe campus, as will a new undergraduate certificate in professional sales from the school’s Marketing Department. All of the new offerings will start in fall 2014, pending final approval.
The W. P. Carey School of Business is currently ranked Top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for both undergraduate and MBA programs. For more information on the school’s offerings, go to www.wpcarey.asu.edu.