The Master of Science in Organizational Behavior, Systems and Analytics (OBSA) is a pioneering program for individuals eager to acquire the knowledge and skills that prepare them to manage critical human issues in the workplace of the future.
The changing nature of work and shifting professional requirements are addressed with frequent updates of the innovative OBSA curriculum. This includes the addition of cutting-edge courses responsive to the best-practice needs of business and industry. For example, we teach how to apply Talent Management, Human Capital Engineering, People Analytics and Human Resource Information Systems to improve employee engagement, performance, retention, and satisfaction. Students can also acquire the latest knowledge and skills in more traditional courses related to concentrations in Training and Development, Human Resource Management, and Management of Change. The faculty of highly accomplished experts practice what they teach and provide an in-depth understanding of multiple specialties. Expert knowledge presented in the state-of the-art courses can provide a competitive advantage in career advancement. Program graduates pursue successful careers in a broad range of industry sectors, many in top companies or prestigious consulting firms. Graduates provide an active professional network for current students.
The program is designed for individuals with a wide variety of experience and needs. These include human resource practitioners who want to update and broaden their qualifications. Others enter the program with diverse backgrounds in many different fields. Such students acquire the expertise to enter careers related to managing people and organizations, especially within the context of analytics and technology. The program is flexible, with only 3 required courses and the remainder in at least one concentration. The seminar-style classes are held in the evenings or on Saturday, allowing students to pursue their daytime careers while earning a graduate degree. The seminar format of most courses in the program allows students to work closely with their classmates and to receive individual attention from faculty. The MS degree can be completed within two years for part-time students and in as little as one year for those studying full-time.
Criteria for admission include a bachelor’s degree with at least a B average from an accredited college or university and demonstrated evidence of motivation, maturity, and the ability to benefit from and contribute to professional graduate studies in Organizational Behavior, Systems, and Analytics. Applicants who do not meet all the criteria may be admitted as non-degree students with the subsequent opportunity to become a degree candidate. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or an acceptable equivalent test, such as the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), are required for full-time student applicants. Such test scores are not required for part-time student applicants.
Students who have not completed an undergraduate course in statistics must enroll in MG 5050 Probability and Managerial Statistics or its equivalent. Students without an adequate background in computers may be required to enroll in 1 or more of the preparatory courses offered by the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. These courses are in addition to the degree requirements.
This program is also offered online.