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Business schools with a focus in data analysis + my chances?

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Business schools with a focus in data analysis + my chances? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2014, 13:10
Hi Gmatclub community,

So, I'm interested in attending a business school that will allow me to gain a hard skillset in data analysis and statistics. In short, I believe I will get much more out of my education if I develop a hard skillset, one that is transferable as the MBA degree. I have a background and interest in statistics and data and I think a focus in these areas will help drive my career interests.

The schools that I have found that have a data analysis path or statistics major embedded in the MBA are:
1) Wharton
2) MIT (they have a personalized curriculum)
3) Kellogg (decision sciences major)
4) NYU (they have a major in business analysis)

What are some other schools? Also, should I just get a Masters in data analysis?


Also, what are my chances at attending a top business school? I'm applying to several schools in the 1-15 range and I'd like to get a better idea of how I stand?

1) 690 GMAT (46Q, 38V)
2) 3.45 GPA from top liberal arts college (Amherst, Williams, Swarthmore)
3) 4 years as a equities trader and derivatives market-maker. Ran a successful book and small team in my equities trading firm.
4) 3 years as a professional poker player early in my career. One of the more successful players online. Part of a successful team of 4 players.
5) Captain of my college's tennis team. Junior national tennis player. Also a part-time coach post-graduation.
6) 1 year of volunteer non-profit work in Asian-American advocacy group. Served as co-chair of the fundraising arm.
7) part-time work sourcing fin-tech companies in VC firm.
8) Asian-American male, 27 years old.
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Re: Business schools with a focus in data analysis + my chances? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2014, 13:44
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If data analytics is your main goal, I think a master in data analytic would better suit your needs. There are some decision science courses that provide you with basic tools like Monte Carlo, sensitivity analysis, etc. However, the bulk of the business education is on business fundamentals (marketing, finance, account, operations, strategy, etc.) through Socratic teaching methods.
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Re: Business schools with a focus in data analysis + my chances? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2014, 14:46
If you are looking for an analytic focus, Tepper (Carnegie-Mellon) is another great choice. The entire program has an analytics edge, but they also offer a specific track in analytics. One of the main reasons I am choosing to matriculate there. Not a top 10 name like the ones you listed, but #11 on BW rankings. I would contend is more known for analytics than most of the schools you listed if that is truly your goal.

http://tepper.cmu.edu/mba/mba-curriculu ... index.aspx
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Re: Business schools with a focus in data analysis + my chances? [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2014, 14:16
Booth has a reputation as being one of the "quantiest" schools around, and they have a statistics and econometrics concentration.
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Re: Business schools with a focus in data analysis + my chances? [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2014, 10:15
It sounds like you want a masters of financial engineering, but what was your math section of the gnat? You need close to perfect on the GRE math to get in to Columbia or Berkeley's program.
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