University Program

Deloitte is collaborating with select universities to discover and mentor the next generation of analytics talent

​Today’s universities are producing tomorrow’s leaders. Deloitte is collaborating with select universities to discover and mentor the next generation of analytics talent. Our University Program focuses on preparing the best and brightest young people to drive innovation in business analytics theory, perform cutting-edge analytics research, and create tomorrow’s solutions today.

University of Maryland’s Business Analytics Consortium

The University of Maryland's (UMD) Robert H. Smith School of Business created a Business Analytics Consortium in an effort to expand its understanding of business analytics and associated careers. As a founding member, Deloitte will serve on the Business Analytics Advisory Board and collaborate with UMD Faculty and other Consortium members to enrich the Smith School’s academic and research environments with industry insights. The Consortium’s efforts are structured around five initiatives: hosting an annual analytical conference; presenting analytics demonstrations on specific software or applications; garnering student participation in corporate projects; executive education; and pairing Deloitte practitioners with Smith’s faculty for research partnerships. For more information visit the Robert H. Smith School of Business webpage.

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Institute for Business Analytics, Indiana University

​The Institute for Business Analytics (IBA) at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business supports academic programs that prepare students to solve business problems using analytics, as well as corporate partnerships that shape the school's understanding of analytics and help companies tap into Kelley's talent. The IBA uses the resources of the prestigious Kelley School of Business to produce insightful research and train professionals who can excel in this exciting new field of Business Analytics.  As an IBA founding member, Deloitte will receive a seat on the institute's advisory council and collaborate on research, analytics classes, and other educational activities. Deloitte will also participate in the annual Kelley Forum on Business Analytics in April and contribute articles to the OnAnalytics semi-annual magazine. For more information on the program visit the Institute for Business Analytics webpage.

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McCombs School of Business Analytics

The University of Texas McCombs School of Business has developed, through the Information, Risk & Operations department, a Masters degree concentrating on Business Analytics (MSIROM: Business Analytics). This degree is in response to the growing market demand for professionals who are able to extract business insights from Big Data. The program focuses on students with exceptional quantitative, technical, and communication skills and combines classroom experience in statistics, data mining, and programming with functional applications such as marketing, social media, and supply chain analytics. Deloitte has become one of two founding partners for the McCombs Business Analytics Masters program, along with Walmart and will serve on the Executive Council, providing scholarships, projects, workshops, guest speakers, insight, and advice as the program develops. The support from the founding partners, Deloitte and Walmart, has helped the program’s efforts to recruit top-notch students. For more information on the program visit the MSIROM Business Analytics webpage.

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Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

The Customer Analytics Initiative at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (WCAI) is an academic research center focusing on the development and application of customer analytic methods. WCAI provides data-driven customer-level analysis, applying these methods in a wide range of industries including interactive media, financial services, pharmaceuticals, telecom, nonprofits, and other areas where the use of detailed customer-level datasets is a key driver for business success. Deloitte Analytics is collaborating with the Customer Analytics Initiative and will help advance the knowledge base around business problems that can be addressed with customer analytics by helping WCAI offer more student-facing programs and analytics- driven co-curricular activities beyond its existing research program. As part of its initiative with WCAI, Deloitte will help sponsor student and alumni events, coordinate panel discussions at conferences, and participate in exclusive forums with other WCAI corporate sponsors who are leading practitioners in analytics. Deloitte will also work with WCAI to co-develop thought leadership pieces on topics around analytics that will be released externally. For more information visit the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative webpage.

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Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business

Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business has launched the Pamplin College Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics. The Center plans to develop an interdepartmental minor in business intelligence and analytics that would be available to all Pamplin students and enhance the offerings in analytics to master’s and Ph.D. students. Joining the center as founding sponsor is Deloitte, which will also serve as an advisory board member. Through its Deloitte Analytics program, Deloitte will work directly with the center to further its long-term objectives. The Center’s long-term objectives are to expand Pamplin faculty participation in sponsored research related to business intelligence and analytics, particularly by interdisciplinary project teams, and to establish an industry advisory board that can lead to enhanced financial support for the Center, internships and employment opportunities for students, and research sponsorships for faculty. For more information visit the Pamplin College of Business webpage.

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University of Virginia

University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce launched the Center for Business Analytics to bring together industry and academic specialists and promote the University’s business analytics education, research, and professional innovation offerings. The Center offers an undergraduate Business Analytics track and collaborates with leading organizations to help its students and faculty with businesses’ analytics-related needs, challenges, and opportunities. Deloitte Analytics is collaborating with the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce as an advisory board member for the Center for Business Analytics. During the three-year collaboration, Deloitte will help shape the direction of the Center by providing industry insight on issues and opportunities related to the burgeoning analytics field. As an advisory board member, Deloitte will work with faculty and students to help develop an experiential and collaborative learning program focused on business analytics. These efforts will include: hosting an annual analytics-based case competition; providing applied resources such as data, analytical tools, and technology; and supporting students through mentoring and career development activities. For more information visit the Center for Business Analytics at the McIntire School of Commerce webpage.

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