MS-BA applied project sponsorship

The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS-BA) program is jointly offered by the top-ranked Departments of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management in the W. P. Carey School of Business.

The on-campus MS-BA is a full-time, 9-month program featuring instruction by world class information systems, supply chain management, and marketing faculty. Students gain experience in advanced descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive data analysis methods while using the most current tools, packages, and platforms for data analysis. All MS-BA students are required to complete a 15-week industry-sponsored applied project as part of the program.

Industry clients who are interested in sponsoring a project can contact us throughout the year. We work with clients from August to November to finalize project definitions and NDAs. A client can submit more than one project proposal. Teams of 3-4 students work on the projects from January through April. Each project includes a kick-off session, weekly syncs with the client, a mid-term presentation, a final presentation, a final report, and other associated deliverables as required.

Sponsorship fee

There is no fee associated with sponsoring an applied project. We believe the applied projects are mutually beneficial, with students gaining valuable experience in applying analytics to real-world data and clients receiving valuable insights from student analysis.

Project confidentiality

We take several measures to ensure complete project confidentiality, beginning with non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). Additionally, while MS-BA students will need access to required data to solve the problem at hand, the client is in complete control of data security and confidentiality at all times. Clients can choose to anonymize PII data as they see fit, and restrict data access to their servers, and/or to their onsite locations.

Access to the data, analyses, discussions, and presentations related to the project is restricted at all times to the student team working on the project, the MS-BA advising faculty, and the client.

No work resulting from the project is published or shared, unless the client wishes to do so.

Intellectual property ownership

All IP, results, and deliverables resulting from the applied projects are turned over to the client, and are owned by the client.

Sponsorship requirements

Clients are required to provide:

  • A problem definition for a project that can be accomplished using some form of descriptive, predictive, or prescriptive analytics by a team of 3-4 students over a 15-week period. The problem definition must include the problem statement, key deliverables, any required methods/tools, data description, and contact information for legal and project liaisons.
  • Access to required data within the agreed-upon timeline to do the analysis.
  • Access to any required software, tools, or platforms within the agreed-upon timeline to do the analysis.
  • Access to legal liaisons who will work with the ASU legal team for the NDAs.
  • Access to project liaisons who will be available throughout the project execution phase, to answer domain-related and data-related questions, as well as to provide required guidance to keep the project on track.

Sponsorship timeline

While we welcome sponsorship conversations throughout the year, the following timelines must be met in fall, for a spring start on applied projects.

Aug. 1 Project intake and project scoping meetings begin
Sept. 1 Client confirms interest in project sponsorship; first draft of project definitions completed; NDA process begins
Oct. 1 Processing of NDAs completed
Nov. 1 Final project definitions completed
Dec. 1 Data access provided to advising faculty
Jan. 15 Data access provided to student team; project kick-off meeting set up with student team
Jan. 15 – April 30 Project execution and delivery

Next steps

If you are interested in sponsoring an applied project, and would like more information, please contact Hina Arora, director of experiential analytics for the MS-BA program. Or, if you are ready to sponsor an applied project, please complete the MS-BA applied project sponsorship form, and email it to Hina Arora.

What our clients are saying

Our past clients include

CompanyIndustry
ABC Supply Roof and Building Materials
APL Logistics Logistics
Arizona Lottery Gambling and Casinos
Arizona State University Higher Education
Aspect Software Call Center Technology
Avnet Electronics
Cable One Cable TV, Broadband, Phone, Internet
Carvana Ecommerce, Car Dealer
Chemonics International International Development
City of Phoenix City Auditor, Public Works, Public Transport
DRS Services Patient Scheduling, Call Center
ESIS Inc Insurance
Fender Musical Instruments
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Group Automotive
Find Your Influence Inc. Marketing Software Platform
GoDaddy Web Registry and Hosting
Honeywell Aerospace, Home and Building Technologies
Honor Health Healthcare
InfusionSoft Computer Software
Intel Semiconductors
Meritage Homes Home Construction
Micron Technology Inc Semiconductors
National Industries for the Blind Semiconductors
Notebowl Software, Social Listening Platform
OH Partners Marketing and Advertising
OH Predictive Insights Polling Related Marketing and Advertising
Petsmart Retail
Ports America Logistics, Terminal Operator, Stevedore
Prescott College Higher Education
Republic Services Waste Management
RTA Fleet Management Software Computer Software
Sandcraft Motorsports Automotive
SRP Public Utility
Televerde Marketing and Advertising
USAA Insurance, Banking, Financial Services