Business Analytics Capstone Course

7/7/2016

COB introduced a new Business Analytics capstone course, DS 635, in which students work with companies to evaluate, analyze and recommend solutions to business problems.

“Participating in the Business Analytics capstone course was a great way to gain industry experience.”

Recently the College of Business introduced a new capstone course, Decision Sciences 635 as part of the Master of Science in Business Analytics Program, in which students work with companies to evaluate, analyze and recommend solutions to business problems.

“Participating in the Business Analytics capstone course was a great way to gain industry experience,” said Venkata Divya Pragna Ponduru, who was part of DS 635 in winter 2016. “During this capstone course I had the opportunity to apply the skills I gained through the Business Analytics program in a real-time project.”

Student teams worked on three separate projects, one with Stefanini IT Solutions and two with the Ford Motor Company. “It was great to work with students, along with the faculty and staff who support the program,” said Alan Jacobson, one of the project sponsors from Ford Motor Company. He noted that his team at Ford was energized watching the creativity and effort his student team put into their project. “Students had a short period of time to work on large scale issues, but they were able to find opportunities within the data set, and indeed, Ford will be implementing solutions in this space.”

The Master of Science in Business Analytics at the University of Michigan-Dearborn prepares students to create business strategies using data and statistics. Professionals in this rapidly expanding field use algorithms, techniques and software to uncover patterns and trends in aggregate data; then apply that knowledge to real-world business problems.

We invite other companies to sponsor a 14-15 week business analytics capstone project. Graduate students work with a UM-Dearborn faculty advisor and a mentor from your company to model, analyze and recommend a solution for a significant business problem. For more information, contact Professor Charu Chandra, Department of Management Studies, at charu@umich.edu or 313-593-5258.

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