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Master in Business Analytics and Big Data – MiBA



Degree: Masters

Duration: 2 years

Language of instruction: English


Learning basis: The budget and contract

Start date: September 1, 2020



The mission of the program lies in preparing professionals able to support managerial decision making on the basis of big data analysis in dynamic environment of knowledge economy.



Program Peculiarities


Interdisciplinary knowledge


The design of the MiBA Program is aimed to develop fundamental knowledge in management as well as in extant analytical techniques which can be applied to support managerial decisions. Graduates know big data analytics tools and able to use them to solve business problems.


Project-oriented education


Master thesis will be realized as full cycle data science project on the example of real private company or public organization. For the future graduate this element of the program will add value as theoretical knowledge are combined with the practical experience of interdisciplinary project work. 


Unique career opportunity 


Due to the strong corporate relationships of GSOM SPbU and regular interaction of students with real business-issues, which is a part of studying process, students of MiBA program get a unique career opportunities in and out of Russian Federation.

Students’ knowledge are being evaluated according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, ECTS. This fact creates value of the GSOM MiBA diploma not only in Russia but all over the world.


Enhanced opportunities for studying and research activities   


Students of the Master in Business Analytics and Big Data program have access to databases on the leading international scientific magazines on management and economy.

The MiM program provides conditions for Russian and international students from the top-ranked world business schools to work together on various projects, case studies and enrich their experience through academic and extra-curricular life in the Graduate School of Management SPbU.



Elements of the Program


Company Internship

After the first year of study each has company internship as an core part of curriculum. This part of the program is directed on helping the student to apply the gained theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the conditions of real business. Internship lasts not less than 6 weeks and takes place in one of the largest Russian or international companies.


Professional skills seminars

Practical seminars and trainings on soft skills help to broaden horizons and practical abilities of students. The plan of trainings includes Teamwork skills training, Presentation and Communication skills, Business correspondence and Negotiating improvement, working off of communicative and social skills. All professional skills seminars assume active involvement of Russian and international companies – corporate partners representatives.


Learning of foreign language

Students are given opportunity to learn the second foreign language for obtaining additional competitive benefit. Therefore receiving the corresponding preparation on the second foreign language, besides English, is part of the curriculum and the obligatory requirement for all students. MIM program offers to choose one of languages – French, German, Spanish – to study during three semester (for foreign students there is opportunity to learn Russian as foreign).


Studying abroad in a partner institution in a single semester

Students have the opportunity to spend one exchange semester abroad at a leading university / business school / school of public administration from the extensive list of the GSOM SPbU academic partners.



Acquired Competences


The knowledge economy and the digital transformation of business determine new challenges for companies’ effectiveness in all industries. Competitiveness depends less on the availability of material and financial resources but rather on the company's ability to make decisions based on analysis of data obtained from the digital environment. This entails a growing demand for professionals in the field of business intelligence and managers of cross-functional teams who are able to offer effective quantitative data analysis solutions to such problems as:

  • Development of business strategy;
  • Identification and minimization of risks;
  • Business efficiency increase and business processes optimization;
  • Customer segmentation and market analysis;
  • Product value increase for customers;
  • New product and service creation.

The professionals who will solve problems listed above are assumed to have:

  • High level analytical skills: big data mining skills, management decision making skills and ability to implement contemporary strategic analysis methods
  • Managerial skills: ability to effectively manage data science projects as well as multidisciplinary teams both in Russian or international companies.