DSBA Academic Program

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2017

Data Science and Business Analytics

DSI Research FacultyThe 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.


What is a Professional Master's Degree?

Professional Science Master's

A professional master's 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. Courses are taught in the evenings at our uptown Center City campus.  The program of studies is designed for part or full-time students. The degree is part of the larger Professional Science Master’s (PSM) movement.  Nationally PSMs are distinguished from traditional 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 our curriculum and research. 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.


UNC 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 supports high-end job creation and business investment in the Charlotte region and across the state. The lead partners in the DSI, the College of Computing and Informatics, Belk College of Business, and the College of Health and Human Services, have long and successful histories of fostering strategic relationships with the business community. Recently the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the largest academic college at UNIC Charlotte, joined as a full partner in the Data Science Initiative. This growing team provides 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. More information about the Data Science Initiative can be found here


About UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte- Front entrance at night

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 the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region offering 23 doctoral programs, 62 master’s degree programs, and 78 programs leading to bachelor’s degrees. Fall 2016 enrollment in graduate programs alone exceeded 5,000.