University of Tennessee

Haslam Master’s in Business Analytics Nominated for National Prize

March 29, 2017

The Haslam College of Business’ Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) is one of three finalists for the UPS George D. Smith Prize presented by the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS).

“The George D. Smith Prize is the most prestigious award given to an academic analytics program,” said Missie Bowers, director of the MSBA program. “It speaks to the impact our students are making in industry.”

The Smith prize recognizes one academic program per year for innovation in preparing students to be effective practitioners of operations research, management science, or analytics. The other finalists for 2017 include the U.S. Air Force Academy’s operations excellence program and North Carolina State’s Institute for Advanced Analytics. The winner will be announced on April 3 at the Edelman Gala in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Haslam was the first business college to launch a graduate degree in analytics. Its MSBA has placed 100 percent of students in jobs within three months of graduation every year since the program’s inception. The program focuses on teaching analytics within a business context and developing the soft skills graduates need to excel in the business world.

UPS established the Smith prize in 2012 in memory of its late chief executive officer. INFORMS is the world’s largest association of business analytics and operations research professionals, with more than 10,000 members.