- Bachelor of Applied Science: Major in Computer Engineering and Minor in Engineering Business, University of Toronto, Canada
Why did you decide to study the Master of Management Analytics program?
During my undergraduate degree, I had worked on a project where I used eye tracking technology to predict the Agreeableness Big Five Personality Trait of a person. At the start of this project, I had no idea if this was even possible. The revelation of this project is what grew my interest in analytics and gave me insight into how powerful data can be.
Larger quantities of data are becoming readily available each day, and organizations are aggressively analyzing this data to predict future trends and patterns. Given my interest in analytics, I wanted to develop the skills required to extract knowledge from data and use it to assist companies in making intelligent business decisions. This is why I decided to pursue the MMA program.
What were your top reasons for choosing Rotman?
- Location: Toronto has become a hotspot for AI and Rotman is located in the heart of downtown Toronto. The connections I will make during my time at Rotman will primarily be with industries using AI in Toronto, which is where I intend to work after graduation.
- Reputation: Rotman is the University of Toronto’s (U of T) graduate business school. Both Rotman and U of T are recognized globally, and the opportunity to study at one of Canada’s highest ranked and most prestigious schools was something I did not want to miss out on.
- Class size: The MMA program has about 50 students, and more importantly, all students take the same courses together. Students are not divided into sections A, B, C etc. Given the diverse background of the students, this was important to me since I can connect with my peers on a more personal level and learn more about their backgrounds and experiences.
What are you looking forward to most in the program?
- Practicum Project: This will give me the opportunity to apply the skills I learn in class to solve an analytics problem faced by a real organization. The scope and difficulty of this project will allow me to get my hands dirty and give me a taste of what to eventually expect when working in the analytics field after graduation.
- Development of soft skills: Given my engineering background, I am looking forward to polishing my soft skills in terms of networking, communication and presenting. In my opinion, these are the skills that require a lot of practice, and a business school environment is ideal for this.
The Master of Management Analytics is designed to give students the advanced data management, analytics and communication skills needed to become an analytics professional.