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MBAs need this skill set to succeed, Columbia Business School dean says

BY Sydney LakeJune 08, 2022, 8:20 PM

Students on pathway in front of Earl Hall, Columbia University, as seen in September 2020. (Photo by: Photographer name—Education Images/Universal Images Group/Getty Images)

We can’t all be business analysts—but we should all know how to work with data. That’s the message that Columbia Business School tells current and prospective students—as well as alumni—about its focus on business analytics as part of its full-time MBA program, which Fortune ranks as No. 6 in the country. 

More and more MBA grads are taking on roles that require skill sets beyond the traditional business degree—jobs that Dan Wang, a Columbia Business School professor, calls “synthetic and cross-functional.” These include the increasingly popular product management, analytics marketing, and strategy roles that require MBA grads to work with business analysts and engineers. 

“Getting our students used to…

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