The Master of Management, Risk and Analytics concentration (MRA) is specifically designed to prepare students to solve complex risk management problems for businesses and industries using proven data-based skills and techniques.
By integrating cutting-edge techniques and hands-on experience in the classroom, our program develops leaders who can collect, analyze and convert large amounts of data into powerful strategies.
Every single course was exciting to me and something I could see myself using both today and 20 years down the line.
MRA Class of 2025
Associate Product Manager, HHAeXchange
Students must complete 30 credit hours to satisfy the degree requirements – including 24 required credit hours and 6 hours of elective courses. Our innovative curriculum focuses on business analytics, risk management skills and practical experience – all in a hands-on learning environment. Students will benefit from our faculty’s real-world experience, world-class research and industry partnerships.
Business Analytics Core (12 Credit Hours)
MBA 506: Data-Driven Managerial Decisions 1 (1 hr)
This course takes students through the process of solution-driven data analysis, by applying finance, management, marketing, and operations applications. You will examine business cases and problems where data analysis is part of the decision-making process and become proficient in Excel methods commonly used in management. As a final project, students analyze a business problem from formulation to a solution, using data analysis.
MBA 507: Data-Driven Managerial Decisions 2 (1 hr)
As a continuation of the Data-Driven Managerial Decisions 1 course — students dive further into business cases and problems, becoming advanced in the data analysis decision-making process. You will learn how to perform linear relationship estimation among variables while becoming skilled in Excel methods commonly used in estimation. Students are also expected to complete a course project that follows a business problem from formulation to a solution using the methods covered in the course.
Prerequisite: MBA 506
MBA 545: Decision Making Under Uncertainty (3 hrs)
Structured framework for modeling and analyzing business decisions in the presence of uncertainty and complex interactions among decision parameters. The primary objective of this course is to improve modeling and analytical skills through a variety of realistic situations. The skills learned in this course are applicable in a wide variety of business decisions. Topics include decision models, value of information and control, risk attitude, spreadsheet application, and decision analysis cycle. Students will complete an interactive case study.
MBA 551: Predictive Analytics for Business and Big Data (3 hrs)
This course is designed around the full analytics lifecycle which encompasses the business problem, the data, the analysis, and the decision. Students will learn to identify and clearly explain business problems that can be addressed with analytics. They will learn to determine which analytic methods are best suited to solve particular problems and clearly explain the results of an analytic model. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing real data and understanding how analytical thinking can be applied to solve big data problems.
Prerequisites: MBA 506 and MBA 507
MBA 552: Data Engineering, Management and Warehousing (3 hrs)
This course examines how to collect and process data to make it useful, how to validate, protect, and process data to make it available, and how to create a place to properly store data.
Root Cause Analysis: Interpreting Data for Decision-Making (1 hr)
This course considers the use of analytics in decision-making in a variety of contexts (e.g., business, public policy, personal). Students will discuss the importance of properly identifying causal relationships when using data to inform decisions and threats to reliable causal inference that commonly arise. Students will also discuss potential consequences of making decisions based on flawed causal inferences.
Risk Management (9 Credit Hours)
MBA 518: Enterprise Risk Management (3 hrs)
An integrated approach to managing the risks that can prevent an organization from achieving its objectives, both financial and non-financial. Core elements of an effective enterprise risk management process. Links to management strategy. Risk assessment methodologies.
BUS 541: Strategic Risk Analysis Using Excel (1 hr)
This course explores the use of data analysis techniques and tools that are useful for organizing and categorizing large volumes of information for use by executives to make strategic business decisions. The course exposes students to various Excel techniques to a business case to support management’s decision making and focuses on how data analysis can be used to inform management and the board about top strategic risk issues.
BUS 542: Forecasting and Scenario Planning Using Monte Carlo Simulation (1 hr)
This course explores how forecasting and scenario planning are used to support management’s decision making. The course focuses on how data analysis techniques and tools are useful for organizing and categorizing large volumes of information for use by executives to make strategic business decisions and it exposes students to Monte Carlo Simulation and Optimization techniques (available in Excel and the Crystal Ball Excel add-on) to support strategic business decisions. The course then focuses on communicating this information to inform management and the board about top strategic risk issues.
BUS 543: Communicating Risk Information Using Tableau (1 hr)
This course provides an introduction as well as hands-on experience in data visualization. It introduces students to design principles for creating meaningful displays of quantitative and qualitative data to facilitate managerial decision-making. Students develop an understanding of the fundamentals of communication and alignment around concepts that are required for effective data presentation and it provides an overview and develop an introductory level of competency on the use of the Tableau software tool that can be used for data visualization.
ACC 580: Data Analytics for Accountants (3 hrs)
This course leverages database management and data visualization tools to identify, analyze and summarize large volumes of data obtained from numerous data sources to effectively address a strategic business problem. Following the IMPACT data governance framework, students develop skills in articulation of a particular business challenge and then employ an analytical mindset to research, obtain, clean and manipulate publicly available data in order to evaluate potential risks impacting a strategic business decision. Students develop a final management report, including visualizations, to emphasize the importance of professional business writing to a higher-level audience.
Capstone Project (3 Credit Hours)
MBA 519: Enterprise Risk Management Practicum (3 hrs)
This project-based course focuses on an applied approach to managing the risks that can prevent an organization from achieving its objectives, both financial and nonfinancial. Students work in teams to address real problems in real organizations.
Electives (6 Credit Hours)
Electives will include a variety of courses integrating the concepts of risk and data analytics. Topics include: regulation and compliance, liquidity, business continuity and technology and innovation.
Through what I’ve learned in the enterprise risk management course, I am now able to make the connection between the metrics I provide and the potential risks that the business is trying to prevent.
MRA Class of 2025
Business Analyst, LPL Financial