M.S. in Business Analytics Capstone

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Gain Real-World Experience and Address Business Challenges

In the Capstone Project for Georgetown McDonough’s M.S. in Business Analytics (MSBA) program, you’ll apply the concepts, methods, and tools learned in the program to a challenging business analytics problem with a local, national, or global organization.

Over the course of two semesters, you’ll work with Georgetown’s faculty advisors and a group of other MSBA students to:

  • Define an organizational challenge.
  • Collect and analyze necessary data.
  • Assess possible courses of action.
  • Make a recommendation to the organization.
  • Present actionable insights to partners and McDonough faculty.

As you move through the Capstone Project, you’ll hone your skills with analytics tools, business functions, computing and technology, and value-based data analytics. Your experience from the Capstone Project will help you to stand out from other applicants as you seek to establish or advance your career.

“Graduates are going to show readiness to use data science in real life. They will be able to add this to their resume, show it to employers, and even use it to start a career. The Capstone Projects will be drawn from real-world problems and may be conducted with both industry and academic partners.”

Sudipta Dasmohapatra, MSBA Academic Director and Professor

MSBA Curriculum

The curriculum for Georgetown McDonough’s MSBA program includes a total of 18 courses, and each course lasts seven weeks. Part of the curriculum is a two-course Capstone Project, which will begin mid-residency and end with a final project presentation to a partner company/organization prior to graduation.

Learn more about this program’s curriculum.

Capstone Project Timeline

Rather than moving toward a prescribed outcome, the Capstone Project and its goals should mimic the workplace by emerging organically from insights based on the data collected. To pace the Capstone Project appropriately, student groups adhere to the following timeline of project milestones.

Project MilestoneTiming of Milestone
Kick-off the project with your company/organizationSpring residency
Define the scope of the project and prioritize your objectivesMonth 1
Conduct a background review and collect dataMonths 1–2
Integrate, explore, and analyze your data

Develop an analytical plan
Months 3–4
Review the project at its halfway point (mid-project presentation)At the end of Capstone Course I
Analyze data and build modelsMonths 3–6
Validate models and create final deliverables including dashboards, apps, etc.Months 6–7
Report on the final projectBy the end of month 8
Final presentation to your company/organizationAt the end of Capstone Course II

Project Advisors

The Capstone Project will be overseen by the program leadership including the program manager. Other relevant MSBA and Georgetown faculty experts will serve as project mentors, as needed.

  • Faculty Team: Professors Sudipta Dasmohapatra and Gregory Lyon
  • Program Manager: Alexis Villanueva

Professor Sudipta Dasmohapatra

Sudipta Dasmohapatra is the academic director of the M.S. in Business Analytics (MSBA) and professor of the practice at the McDonough School of Business. She has worked with numerous industry partners and government and non-profit organizations on a variety of business analytics projects.

She has over 10 years of experience consulting in analytics and data science and served on the advisory boards of two strategic analytics start-up firms— Vertaeon, Inc. based in Atlanta, and Kloutics, Inc., based in Pune, India. She joined the board of the Statistical and Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI), an NSF-funded math and statistics institute, in July 2018 as the associate director of diversity. She holds a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.

Professor Gregory Lyon

Dr. Lyon is an assistant teaching professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, a member of the MSBA program team, and MSBA’s computing and technology faculty advisor. He has served as a data science consultant for several projects ranging from survey research to global workforce development to regulatory compliance and has taught programming and data science to students of all levels including graduate students and working professionals. Prior to Georgetown, he received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University and was a postdoctoral researcher in data science and survey research at Tufts University.

Alexis Villanueva

Alexis Villanueva serves as an associate director for the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. In her role, she oversees the program management and student services for the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program, ensuring the continuity of student success from admission to graduation. Before joining Georgetown University, Alexis served as an Education Legislative Aide and Special Assistant for the US Senate Majority Leader and as an Education Consultant for the United Way of Southern Nevada. A first-generation college student, Alexis is passionate about providing leadership and development opportunities to underserved communities. She holds a Master of Arts in International Business and Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Read more about the MSBA program’s distinguished faculty.

Capstone Partnership Opportunities

The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University is always seeking additional partners for the MSBA Capstone Project. The MSBA program accepts proposals each spring for additional Capstone Project partner organizations.

“These Capstone Projects will be conducted with industry, government, or academic partners in any field you can imagine, from healthcare to retail to financial services to education. The Capstone Project teams will consist of student members who will be carefully selected into their teams based on the needs of the project.”

Sudipta Dasmohapatra, MSBA Academic Director and Professor

By becoming a partner for an MSBA Capstone Project, your company can provide a real-world learning experience for Georgetown students while working through data-driven solutions to your unique challenges.

Download a PDF for more details about the benefits of a Capstone Project partnership.

For more information about how organizations can get involved with Georgetown University, visit https://msb.georgetown.edu/corporate-partnerships/

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