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UCF - Graduate Program Handbooks 2016-2017

Program Info

Last Updated 2016-05-25
Management MSM

Business Analytics



Together, the Graduate Student Handbook and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.

The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.

Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:

Introduction

Congratulations on your acceptance into the University of Central Florida’s Professional Masters in Management (PMSM) Program.  At this time, I would like to congratulate and welcome you on behalf of the faculty and staff of the College of Business Administration. We are pleased and excited about both the quality and diversity of the men and women who are joining this class. We know you will be proud to be a part of such an accomplished and dynamic group. The richness of experience and backgrounds that you and your classmates bring to the College will be a benefit to everyone involved with the PMSM Program. We are here to support you as you progress through the program. 

Dr. Robert Porter, Executive Director

Curriculum

The Business Analytics track in the Professional Master of Science in Management (PMSM/BA) provides students with the specialized skills necessary to respond to challenges of the new data intensive, decision-making business world of today. Students become business analysts skilled in the collection, management, analysis, interpretation and application of data to aid in more informed and successful business decisions. Skills learned in this degree are applicable across industries and organizations whether they be large or small, for-profit or nonprofit.

Required Courses—15 Credit Hours 

Students take five courses from the courses listed below.

  • MAN 6325 Applied Research Tools (3 credit hours)
  • MAN 6305 Human Resources Change Management (3 credit hours)
  • MAN 6915 Applied Field Project (6 credit hours)
  • MAN 6245 Organizational Behavior and Development (3 credit hours)
  • GEB 6895 Business Intelligence (3 credit hours)
  • QMB 6755 Models for Business Decisions (3 credit hours)
  • MAN 6311 Advanced Topics in Human Resources Management (3 credit hours)

Business Analytics Specialization-15 Credit Hours

  • STA 5104 Advanced Computer Processing of Statistical Data (3 credit hours)
  • STA 6714 Data Preparation (3 credit hours)
  • STA 5703 Data Mining Methodology I (3 credit hours)
  • STA 6704 Data Mining Methodology II (3 credit hours)
  • MAR 6646 Marketing Analytics for Strategic Decision Making (3 credit hours)

Capstone Course

The Master of Science in Management/Business Analytics (PMSM/BA) capstone course, MAN 6915 Applied Field Project, is required for all PMSM/BA students. This capstone course applies concepts, theories and methods learned earlier in the program to organizational problems in business settings.

    Additional Program Requirements

    Any student enrolled in a College of Business Administration master's degree program who earns more than two final course grades below a B- will be dismissed from the program and retention plans will not be supported by the College of Business Administration.


    Timeline for Completion

    The PMSM is a 20 month cohort program that meets two evenings a week from 6:00 p.m.-9:50 p.m

    Graduate Research

    UCF has three fundamental responsibilities with regard to graduate student research. They are to (1) support an academic environment that stimulates the spirit of inquiry, (2) develop the intellectual property stemming from research, and (3) disseminate the intellectual property to the general public. Students are responsible for being informed of rules, regulations and policies pertaining to research. Below are some general policies and resources.

    Research Policies and Ethics Information: UCF's Office of Research & Commercialization ensures the UCF community complies with local, state and federal regulations that relate to research. For polices including required Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval when conducting research involving human subjects (e.g. surveys), animal research, conflict of interest and general responsible conduct of research, please see their website: www.research.ucf.edu/ > Compliance.

    UCF’s Patent and Invention Policy: In most cases, UCF owns the intellectual property developed using university resources. The graduate student as inventor will according to this policy share in the proceeds of the invention. Please see the current UCF Graduate Catalog for details: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/ > Policies > General Graduate Policies.

    Financial Support

    Students with qualifying assistantships or university-wide fellowships will receive financial packages that include an assistantship or fellowship stipend, tuition remission, and health insurance. Qualifying fellowships are accompanied by tuition waivers. Qualifying assistantships include single appointments of at least .50 FTE (20 hrs/week) or two appointments of at least .25 FTE (10 hrs/week). Tuition remission is in the form of either tuition waivers or tuition payments that cover in-state (resident) tuition. Non-resident students with financial packages are not charged out-of-state tuition or the non-resident financial aid fee.

    For additional information about funding for graduate school, please visit the Funding for Graduate School section of the College of Graduate Studies Students website.

    If you are interested in applying for loans or externally funded need-based awards, visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance website at and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available January 1, each year.

    Graduate Student Associations

    Business-related student organizations (or associations) provide a voice for business students in the College of Business Administration.  For a listing of student organizations for business students visit the Student Organizations webpage on the College of Business Administration website.

    Graduate Student Association (GSA)

    The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is UCF’s graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students’ personal, educational and professional experience. To learn more or get involved, please visit www.gsa.ucf.edu

    Professional Development

    Executive Development Center

    The Executive Development Center offers programs that range from broad-based professional development to topic-specific workshops. Distinguished UCF faculty and leading practitioners teach these certificate and non-degree programs that train participants in the areas of branding, finance, leadership, and strategy. For additional information, please visit www.business.ucf.edu/executive-education

    Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

    The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) promotes excellence in all levels of teaching at the University of Central Florida. To that end, they offer several programs for the professional development of Graduate Teaching Assistants at UCF.

    GTA Training (mandatory for employment as a GTA)

    This training provides information and resources for students who will be instructors in a two-day workshop. The seminars cover a variety of topics, including course development, learning theories, lecturing, and academic freedom. Those interested in additional training can also attend an optional training session that normally follows the mandatory training.

    Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program

    This certificate program (12-weeks) consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty Center staff and experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are provided.

    For more information Events > GTA Programs section of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning website or call 407/823-3544.

    Pathways to Success Workshops

    Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success program offers the following free development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to register, please visit www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/pathways/.

    Graduate Research Forum

    The Gradute Research Forum will feature poster displays representing UCF’s diverse colleges and disciplines. The Forum is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges. Awards for best poster presentation in each category will be given and all participants will receive recognition.

    The College of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association invite all UCF students, community, and employers to attend the Graduate Research Forum. For more information, visit the Graduate Research Forum webpage or contact researchweek@ucf.edu

    Graduate Excellence Awards

    Each year, the College of Graduate Studies offers graduate students who strive for academic and professional excellence the opportunity to be recognized for their work. Please visit the College of Graduate Studies, Graduate Awards webpage for a listing of awards and application requirements.

    Other

    Students should take opportunities to present a poster or a topic of research at a conference. To obtain financial support to present at a conference (other than through your program) or to engage in comparable creative activity at a professional meeting, visit the Graduate Travel Support section at www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/travel_support/.

    For information about the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) thesis and dissertation awards, see their website: www.csgs.org/> Awards.

    For grant-proposal writing resources: uwc.cah.ucf.edu

    Job Search

    Career Services and Experiential Learning

    UCF’s Career Services department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website at www.career.ucf.edu.

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