Brandeis International Business School

Tianyi Zhou, MSBA’20: Course flexibility and a deep dive into data science

Tianyi ZhouWhy did you choose Brandeis International Business School?

I was in the first Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) class and I thought it would be a great experience to grow with and help shape the program. The International Business School’s diverse global community was also exactly what I was looking for.

What were some memorable moments from your time at Brandeis?

I learned so much from my peers. I still remember sitting in the cluster together, solving analytics projects and debugging our codes. Another highlight was the Hassenfeld Immersion Program trip to Israel. I learned so much about Israel’s culture and its ethnic and religious diversity. I became totally immersed in the country’s entrepreneurial and innovative spirit.

I always enjoyed reaching out to people and organizing events. I was proud to be the teaching assistant for the Marketing Analytics and Healthcare Data Analytics classes. And it was a great honor and definitely one of the biggest highlights of my life when I was granted the Community Leadership Award at my graduation.

How would you describe the learning environment and support services at the International Business School?

I spent countless hours in the cluster studying or doing group projects, and I really enjoyed watching the four seasons pass outside the oversized windows.

I appreciated the flexibility to choose classes that suited my interests. I enrolled in a Healthcare Data Analytics class at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and also took a class in the Computer Science department to further my technical skills. You can also choose classes at other universities in Boston that Brandeis partners with.

Another huge plus was the business school’s Career Strategies and Engagement Center. They start helping you with your resume before the first day of class, and they hold lots of sessions to practice the small talk and networking skills that are essential for getting a job in the U.S. The Career Coaches are also extremely helpful.

What were some key takeaways from your classes?

Taken together, they fully prepare you with all the data analytics essentials and offer a good starting point to dig deeper. I learned a lot about SQL, databases and statistics in classes like Big Data and Econometrics, and the MSBA curriculum also covers time series analysis, information visualizations, etc. The data projects in those classes sharpen your technical skills and teach you to apply them to business problems in the real world. My coding skills also improved dramatically during my internship — the best way to learn something is to apply it.

What should prospective students know about the International Business School?

Brandeis International Business School is an amazing place for you to grow fast and gain an international perspective. Engage yourself as much as you can — sign up for events, reach out to people and get out of your comfort zone. You’ll meet great people, have beautiful memories and make friends you’ll treasure for your life.

Master of Science in Business Analytics
Class of 2020

Job
Senior Data Scientist, Definitive Healthcare

Undergraduate Institution
Economics, Nanjing Audit University

Home country
China

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