DSBA Academic Opportunities

Data Science and Business Analytics

The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program in Data Science and Business Analytics (DSBA) is an interdisciplinary program at the intersection of business, computer and information sciences, statistics, and operations research.  The program leads to an M.S. in Data Science and Business Analytics.  It is a unique blend of business acumen, data understanding, exposure to a diverse set of advanced analytics methods, and hands-on experience designed to help students apply learned knowledge on representative business problems.  DSBA graduates are well equipped for employment in a wide variety of data-intensive industries, such as financial services, energy, retail/supply chain, or healthcare, where the need for business analysts with quantitative, computational, and sophisticated analytical skills is growing at an explosive pace.

Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2017

VideoUNC Charlotte's Data Science Initiative (DSI)

The DSI is proposed as an industry-university-state partnership to broaden and deepen North Carolina's business analytics talent and stimulate strategic innovation. It will directly support high-end job creation and business investment in the Charlotte region and across the state.

The lead partners on the DSI, the College of Computing and Informatics and the Belk College of Business, each has a long, successful history of fostering strategic relationships with the business community. The initiative also includes the College of Health and Human Services and its emerging leadership in health informatics. This team will provide intellectual capital, academic programs, and outreach activities to meet the needs of employers in the new data-driven economy, both in developing a highly trained workforce and in providing cutting-edge research to address challenges and opportunities in the rapidly changing business environment. UNC Charlotte and the Data Science Initiative were featured on UNC-TV. Click HERE to watch.

What is a “PSM”?

Professional Science Master'sThe Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree is a practitioner’s degree designed to allow students to pursue cutting-edge research with world-class faculty in science or mathematics while simultaneously developing practical business skills highly valued by employers. PSMs are distinguished from traditional master’s degrees by the presence of an active advisory board and a practicum or internship requirement that connects students with industry leaders. The Advisory Board, made up of business and industry executives with real world experience, is critical in the ongoing development and revision of the curriculum. The board provides students with access to internships, research projects, and mentoring opportunities. Students enrolled in UNC Charlotte’s DSBA PSM learn from both academic leaders and business practitioners and gain the entrepreneurial skills necessary to advance in this rapidly growing and evolving career field. For more information on Professional Science Master's please visit sciencemasters.com.

About UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research institution. UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research institution. Our campus is located in the piedmont of North Carolina, just two hours from the mountains and three hours from the Atlantic Ocean. A large public university with a small college feel, more than 28,000 students consider UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus their home away from home. UNC Charlotte is largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region offering 21 doctoral programs, 61 master’s degree programs, and 78 programs leading to bachelor’s degrees.  Fall 2015 enrollment in graduate programs alone exceeded 5,000.

About the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI)
The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) provides academic programs in computer science, software and information systems, information technology, and bioinformatics. It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes including the Center for Digital Identity and Cyber Defense Research, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Diversity in Information Technology Institute, the eBusiness Technology Institute, and the Software Solutions Lab.

About the Belk College of Business (COB)
The Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research business school. Accredited by AACSB International, the Belk College of Business offers outstanding business education at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, along with executive education. With more than 3,100 undergraduate students, 700 graduate students, 87 faculty members and more than 26,000 alumni, the Belk College of Business is Charlotte’s leader in business education, research, employable talent and professional development.