The Applied Analytics Project (AAP) serves as a capstone to the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) curriculum and represents an opportunity to merge theory and principles with up-to-the-minute business practice.
The hands-on AAP helps prepare our students for a career in quantitative analysis and data science by testing their ability to solve complex analytical business problems in real-world settings.
MSBA candidates also hone their communication skills and delve deeply into an area of interest beyond the classroom. The UCLA Anderson MSBA program takes pride in this important partnership with the analytics community and invites you to take a closer look at the benefits available to both corporate clients and students.
Our students will begin by gathering all of the information necessary to understand the organization and the analytics question at hand. In the same period, the client organization will be gathering and organizing any data that the team will analyze.
They will work with you and their faculty advisor to determine which business analytics approach is best suited to your problem, and they will then apply that method to analyze your data.
Finally, the team will report on their findings and any newly developed analytical practices.
The MSBA program will begin evaluating project applications in early 2018. Please submit your application online at our program website. We will review your applications and schedule a short application review call to clarify any questions and to confirm your interest.
Student teams will then review the lead list and a bid-and-match process will be used to match teams with projects.
This project description will set the scope of the project and align all parties’ expectations. It will include:
Students will complete secondary research over the summer and will present a refined scope to the company and their advisor at the beginning of the following quarter. The goal is to have all required data assembled during the summer and made available to students at the start of fall quarter. Throughout the fall quarter, students and client will hold conference calls at least once every two weeks.
In early November, students will submit a midpoint report on the project, and the final report will be completed in early December.
*Students will present their work to relevant faculty and will be graded by the advising professor, who will also consider feedback received from the client.