MBA 507 or equivalent knowledge and HCMT-527
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As the pace and complexity of modern business environments grow, employers recognize the need for a new type of business professional: one who is more agile, reflective, can leverage one's own strengths and those of the team, and uses systems thinking to inform organizational decisions. Take the next step in your career and learn how to strategically affect change and drive organizational results with Champlain's online master's in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in business analytics.
This business analytics MBA will deepen your understanding of sophisticated management topics and help you master systems thinking. Learn how to organize and explore data, assess the value of information in an organization, and apply business analytics techniques to meet business objectives in this MBA business analytics program.
Build Your Career Future
As the business world becomes increasingly complex, today's business professionals must have a diverse skill set. These new business professionals must be agile and approach challenges with a systems-thinking mindset and, increasingly, must have a focused area of specialization.
A concentration in business analytics is a great way to highlight these in-demand skills and showcase subject matter expertise, as well as gain knowledge that can be applied to your workplace from day one. To earn this degree, complete the MBA core courses as well as the following: Fundamentals of Data Management, Analytic Techniques for Business Administration, Decision Making With Business Analytics Administration, and Business Analytics Capstone Administration.
Academic Excellence and Recognition
Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.
Ranked among the Best MBA Programs in Vermont by University Headquarters
Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community
Named the Best Online Bachelor's Programs by U.S. News & World Report
What Can You Do With an MBA?
Master's degrees from accredited online MBA programs are in high demand in the business world, and employment in master’s-level occupations is projected to grow by 15% from 2019 to 2029. A master's degree also pays off: the median salary for professionals with a master's degree is $78,210.*
Additionally, management occupations are expected to grow 5% from 2019 to 2029, resulting in more than 500,000 new jobs. Professionals working in management positions earn a median annual salary of $109,760, which is the highest wage for all major occupational groups.
* *Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2020; job titles: Monster, 2020
Top Jobs for MBA Graduates
- Chief Executive Officer
- Management Consultant
- Senior Product Manager
- Marketing Director
- IT Director
- Chief Financial Officer
- Business Development Manager
- Senior Financial Analyst
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online MBA program with a specialization in business analytics, designed for working professionals.
MBA Course Descriptions
Champlain's online MBA courses encompass the top skills needed by today's business professionals.
Professional Courses (24-27 Credits)*
Specialization Courses (12 Credits)
* Some essential knowledge is required prior to admission to the MBA program. During your application process it will be determined if you meet all requirements; Students who already meet them will be waived from MBA 507 and will earn a 36 credit MBA. Those who do not will be required to complete MBA 507 to acquire the foundational knowledge necessary to be successful in core classes and will earn a 39 credit MBA.
MBA Core Courses
This course introduces MBA students to the theories, context, and managerial value of financial and management accounting. The role of accountants, the accounting equation, the accounting cycle, and financial reporting will be presented. The use of relevant accounting data to analyze internal operating decisions, allocate scarce resources, and assess overall firm health will be emphasized. This course is designed to provide specific skills for the workplace as well as showcase the accounting function as an important foundational framework for the pursuit of advanced business education.
The world is increasingly characterized by diversity and an integrated economy. Balancing the business opportunities and risks associated with dynamic and uncertain global changes is critical to effective leadership in this global economy. Leaders must learn how to integrate their understanding of culture, ethics, economic and policial issues into their decision making and strategy development.
Throughout history, technology provided opportunities for innovation, resulting in changes in business and society at a global scale. These technologies often disrupted business policies and processes, impacting jobs and organizational structures. Students examine how technological innovation is experienced in society and viewed over time and into the future by business people, philosophers, and sociologists. Students explore the question, How do we imagine that business, society and our place within will be affected as technology continues to advance?
Students learn organization analysis from a holistic perspective. Financial reports and financial ratios are the basis for traditional organizational analysis and builds from that foundation into the analysis of customer, supplier and employee metrics. Focus is on the Balanced Scorecard and other holistic approaches.
Students use a framework to explore the dynamics of human interaction within and between organizations. Throughout the course, they will use a perspective that a key function of management is to negotiate for resources and use that perspective to develop collaborative relationships with employees, vendors, suppliers, and interested communities.
Students explore the development and execution of an innovative and imaginative business strategy for the future. They consider answers to questions, such as How do you identify an opportunity for a new business that meets an otherwise unmet need? What happens when an organization fails to change when faced with a challenge to their traditional model? What are the processes that organizations use to keep themselves focused on changing stakeholder requirements and needs?
Communities look to business to have a positive impact on the world through their actions, so organizations are changing the way they do business. Mission-driven for-profit organizations are examining their HR policies, supply chains, organizational structures, marketing and even finance as they adapt to purpose-driven business models. Students explore what it means to be a purpose-driven organization by examining new business models, and the fundamental changes and challenges an organization experiences when they view business through a multidimensional lens.
Explore concepts and frameworks for how to lead effectively in today's ever-changing world. Using an integrative reflective practice approach, students examine their own approach to leadership and create an initial plan for their own leadership development, as well as the leadership development opportunities for their organization.
Business Analytics Specialization Courses
This course covers the foundations of Data Management for Business Analytics. Students examine and explore the value of information, as an asset and as a liability, and organize and assess its value in an information- driven organization dealing with the challenges of Big Data, Open Data and privacy protection legislation.
Students learn to create powerful reporting tools, to forecast data behavior, and to explore its use in business. This class has a hands-on approach, developed in the context of the application of analytics to business, allowing students to develop the skills necessary to create relevant tools for data-driven organizations. All hands-on work assumes the existence of a technology infrastructure, and no prior knowledge on how to install or maintain the software used in the labs is required.
Students apply the business analytics skills to specific business areas. Students will explore techniques and develop tools that model consumer behavior, supply and demand, and financial performance, in order to predict data evolution in different conflicting scenarios. Students will also apply business analytics to HR decision making such as recruiting, performance measurement, or compensation.
Students will integrate learning and competencies from the Business Analytics program into a single data-based project.? Given a data set, students will ask such questions as why is the data organized as it is, what are the benefits and limitations of the data set, what appropriate visualization elements should be developed, and what business recommendations should be made.
MBA Core Learning Outcomes
Analyze leader actions for self-awareness; emotional, social and cultural intelligences; and/or strength- based approaches leading to change in organizations.
Formulate an opinion or conclusion using an approach that includes questioning one's own assumptions, reasoning through logic, and considering diverse points of view, utilizing both primary and secondary research.
Communicate with diverse groups and individuals, including internal and external parties in a way that shares knowledge and meaning.
Ethically influence and lead others to maximize their efforts toward the achievement of a goal through collaboration and teamwork.
Develop potential business-related strategies and positions through original and divergent thinking as well as synthesis of existing ideas reflecting a willingness to embrace change.
Generate solutions to business-related problems using the appropriate technology and then clearly communicate the findings.
Influence decisions through the organization, analysis, and communication of numeric and statistical data.
Business Analytics Certificate Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the business analytics online graduate certificate program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
Assess the value of information in a business
Organize and explore data
Create tools for data visualization in formats designed to support business management
Explore the impact
Apply business analytics concepts and techniques to meet business scenario goals
In addition to the admission requirements for all graduate program applicants, our online accredited MBA program has specific requirements that must be met.
Business or Management Bachelor's Degree Requirement
If your bachelor's degree is not in business or management you may be required to successfully complete MBA-507: Survey of Accounting for Managers. Those who meet the requirement will earn a 36 credit MBA, those who do not must complete MBA 507 will earn a 39 credit MBA.
Do you have a demonstrated proficiency in this area? Provide proof of one or more of the following with your admission package to be evaluated by our Program Director:
- Previous college coursework in financial accounting
- Professional certifications in financial accounting
- On the job training
Champlain College Online's business faculty, led by Program Director Dr. Linda Miller, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our MBA curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s business professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the field and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of the Champlain College Online MBA program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and non-profits nationwide, including:
- Alliance Bank
- Ben & Jerry's
- Burton Snowboards
- Cabot Creamery
- City of Burlington
- Collins Aerospace
- Dealer.com/Cox Automotive
- Fidelity Investments
- GE Healthcare
- Internal Revenue Service
- JP Morgan Chase
- Keurig Dr. Pepper
- Mylan Technologies
- National Life Group
- Northrop Grumman
- People's United Bank
- Social Security Administration (SSA)
- University of Vermont Health Network
- UTC Aerospace Systems
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Business Administrator
- Business Analyst
- Chief Engineer
- Chief of Staff
- Chief Operating Officer
- Claims Specialist
- Contract Specialist
- Financial Analyst
- Financial Manager
- Global Inventory Planner
- HR Specialist
- IT Auditor
- Management Analyst
- Program Analyst
- Program Officer
- Quality Assurance Analyst
- Sr. Software Engineering Manager
- Underwriting Analyst
Increasing your career mobility is at the center of everything we do. As an online master's degree student, you get free access to the Fast Start Formula Career Course for getting noticed and getting hired, taught by Jen Morris, a leading executive career coach that partners with us to support our students in their job search journeys. This online course is self-paced and full of tips and tricks to land a job you'll love. Jen also hosts live webinars to answer specific questions, share additional insights, and does live "hot seat" coaching.
Tuition & Costs
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Meet the Program Director, Linda Miller
Linda MillerPhD CPA
- Accounting (A.S., B.S., Certificates)
- Human Relations and Organization Development (M.S.)
- Integrated Studies (B.S.)
- Positive Organization Development (Certificate)
Linda Miller, PhD, CPA, is Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Champlain College Online. She is responsible for the online accounting and integrated studies programs, as well as the MBA and master's in human relations and organization development programs. Following 12 years in accounting, business, and consulting positions, Dr. Miller has spent over 20 years in higher education at a variety of schools, including Bucknell University, the University of Vermont, and Pennsylvania State University, where she also taught in the executive education programs.
With an education focus primarily in adult and online education, Dr. Miller has enjoyed developing a wide variety of online certificates and degrees in business-related areas, including supply chain management and leadership. Dr. Miller continues to research best practices in online teaching and learning and to create opportunities for Champlain College Online instructors to develop their online teaching skills. Other specific areas of interest for Dr. Miller include the impact of technology on supply chains and the effective teaching of transformational leadership.
Dr. Miller holds an M.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Business Management (School of Supply Chain Management) from the same. She is a member of the International Leadership Association and the Society of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
"I did not expect my online classes to be so collaborative or to have such constant engagement. One might think the traditional classroom approach would have more of those things, but I found them be even more present in Champlain's online format."
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