Master of Arts in Quantitative Analysis for Business
Department of Management Sciences College of Business - City University of Hong Kong AACSB International EQUIS - European Quality Improvement System

FAQ

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  1. Whom can I contact for information on Business Analysis (BANL) major?
  2. What is Business Analysis (BANL) major? What streams can I choose?
  3. Can we enroll in Joint Bachelor's Degree Programme with Columbia University in New York?
  4. Can we take double major? Which second major can I take?
  5. What professional qualifications can I obtain?
  6. What are the career prospects of BANL graduates?
  7. Do I need to have strong mathematics / statistics background?
  8. Do I need to have computer / programing knowledge? Any support from the Department?
  9. Are there any scholarships and awards?
  10. Are there any internship opportunities?
  11. Are there any exchange and study tour opportunities?

1. Whom can I contact for information on Business Analysis (BANL) major?

Dr Yeung Miu Han Iris
Major Leader
Tel: +852 3442 8566
Email: msiris@cityu.edu.hk
Room: LAU-7239
Dr Yuen Hak Keung
Major Co-Leader, Second Major Coordinator
Tel: +852 3442 8579
Email: mshkyuen@cityu.edu.hk
Room: LAU-7272
Dr Tam Mei Ling Susanna
Major Co-Leader, Data Informatics Stream Leader, Coordinator for Joint Bachelor's Degree Programme with Columbia University
Tel: +852 3442 7483
Email: susannat@cityu.edu.hk
Room: LAU-7246
Mr. Tam King Hong Patterson
Major Deputy Leader (Computer Support)
Tel: +852 3442 8688
Email: msptam@cityu.edu.hk
Room: LAU-7232

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2. What is Business Analysis (BANL) major? What streams can I choose?

  • BANL aims to use business analytics, data analytics and computer software/information technology to solve business problems and achieve better performance.
  • It has 2 study streams: Business Analysis Stream and Data Informatics Stream
  • Business Analysis Stream provides professional training in business analytics and statistics and their applications in many business areas:
    • Business Intelligence / Big Data Analytics: ability to get useful information from huge data using SAS, SPSS, R, Python and Excel VBA computing software to identify and develop new business opportunities.
    • Financial Risk Analytics: techniques to measure and manage risks in financial industries.
    • Marketing Analytics: statistical and quantitative methods to solve business problems particularly in marketing or marketing research areas.
  • Data Informatics Stream* provide professional training in both data analytics and information management:
    • data analytics : ability to analyse data using computer software popularly used in the global business world
    • information management : provide training in information technologies for big data, database management and business intelligence

    *subject to approval

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3. Can we enroll in Joint Bachelor's Degree Programme with Columbia University in New York?

  • BBA4 Business Analysis Stream students (cohort 2017 and thereafter) are eligible to apply for the Joint Bachelor's Degree Programme with Columbia University in New York (https://gs.columbia.edu/cityu-hk/majors-and-concentrations). Upon graduation and meeting all requirements of the two universities, students will obtain two bachelor's degrees.

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4. Can we take double major? Which second major can I take?

  • BBA4 Business Analysis Stream students are eligible to take double major and can choose the following:
    • Business Economics
    • Finance
    • Information Management (Business Intelligence)
    • Management (Human Resource Management)
    • Marketing
    as their second majors. The above first and second major pairs are reviewed annually and adjusted according to demand. For details, please visit https://www.cb.cityu.edu.hk/bba/4year/second_major/.

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5. What professional qualifications can I obtain?

BANL major enables students of Business Analysis Stream to obtain internationally recognized professional qualifications:

  • SAS Foundation Certification (Base SAS)
  • SAS Advanced Analytics Certification (Advanced SAS)
  • SAS Enterprise Miner Exam
  • The Financial Risk Manager Part 1

BANL major enables students of Data Informatics Stream to obtain internationally recognized professional qualifications:

  • SAS Foundation Certification (Base SAS)

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6. What are the career prospects of BANL graduates?

  • Past graduates of Business Analysis Stream work in: banking and financial sector, marketing and market research companies, retail and services industry, accounting firms, government departments, public utilities corporations.
  • The job titles of past graduates of Business Analysis Stream: credit risk analyst / officer, database marketing executive, customer data analyst, market research analyst, business intelligence consultant, business development executives, research manager etc.

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7. Do I need to have strong mathematics / statistics background?

  • BANL is application-oriented and emphasize on applications of statistical and quantitative techniques to solve business problems.
  • BANL is not teaching theoretical statistics and does not need HKDSE M1 or M2 mathematics background.
  • Basic Statistics will be taught before advanced techniques.

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8. Do I need to have computer / programming knowledge? Any support from the Department?

  • BANL teaches students to use popularly used computer software to manage and analyse large volume of business data. Students do not need computer/programming background but must be interested to learn computer software.
  • Supplementary instruction (SI) classes on using the SAS software will be arranged during summer time and term time.

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9. Are there any scholarships and awards?

The Department awards non-first year students by various scholarships every year, including:

  • The Department of Management Sciences Outstanding Student Prizes and Scholarships
  • Freetech Technology Scholarship
  • The Department of Management Sciences Academic Progress Awards
  • The Department of Management Sciences Student Development Scholarships
  • Data Mining Challenge Award (Sponsored by SAS Institute)
  • Predictive Analytics and Forecasting Award (Sponsored by HKIOT Association)
  • Please refer to department website
    (http://www.cb.cityu.edu.hk/ms/admissions/scholarships/) for details. 

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10. Are there any internship opportunities?

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11. Are there any exchange and study tour opportunities?

  • There are 3 levels of the Student Exchange program
    • Institutional,
    • College and
    • Departmental levels.
  • For department level, the Department has its own exchange partners, including universities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and the Mainland.
  • Students joining the exchange program can transfer the college core, college electives, major core, major electives, GE, minor and elective courses.
  • MS department also organizes study tours from time to time to provide students with a more global perspective.
  • Please refer to department website
    (http://www.cb.cityu.edu.hk/ms/students/enrichment/exchange) for details.

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