There are continued growth projections and demand for graduates with data analytics skills. In the spring of 2017, STQM (Statistics and Quantitative Methods) courses were introduced to the School of Business curriculum. The SAS programming course (which is part of the STQM offering) started with about five students, then had about 10 students, and ended up with 20 students in fall 2019.
There is a general interest among business students to pursue studies in the general area of data analytics. This fact has been observed within the last two years in the classroom interaction between faculty and students. Moreover, studies show a steadily increasing demand for qualified people in this area. In fact, the Triangle region has a vast job market for data analytics professionals due to the demands of large local corporations.
Thus, the School of Business has developed a minor in Data Analytics as a natural extension to the SAS certificate programs, a BS in IT concentration in Data Analytics and an MBA concentration in Data Analytics for its graduate study offerings.