Residential MSBA Academic Experiences & Capstone


The MSBA program offers several business analytics bootcamps in the summer for deposited MSBA students. These bootcamps include linear algebra, R and Python programming.

We have designed these boot camps as a cost-effective way for deposited students to meet any or all of these prerequisites prior to the start of MSBA orientation. It is required that students who enroll have computers with a Windows Operating System environment. Please see our laptop requirements to ensure that your computer will work properly during the bootcamp and your classes.

Each boot camp will be taught by W&M faculty and will provide a competency test and certificate of completion. Each weekly session costs $300. Students must be admitted and deposited into the program in order to participate in these boot camps. Registration information will be sent to deposited students in the spring.

Linear Algebra

Linear algebra (LA) is a branch of mathematics that studies systems of linear equations and the properties of matrices. The concepts of LA are critical for learning the advanced skills required in the business analytics program. The following topics will be covered: definitions of vectors and matrices, vector/matrix operations, matrix spaces, and matrix-vector properties/definitions, Gaussian elimination, diagonalization, vector projections, linear transformations, Eigenvectors/Eigenvalues, matrix decomposition and permutation matrices.

R Programming

R is a free, open-source programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. R is an integrated suite of software facilities for data manipulation, calculation, and graphical display. It also includes conditionals, loops and user-defined recursive functions. This course will teach the basics of R that are critical for learning the advanced skills required for business analytics.

Python Programming

Python is a widely used high-level, open-source, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming language whose design philosophy emphasizes code readability. It supports multiple programming paradigms, including object-oriented, imperative and functional programming or procedural styles. This course will teach the basics of Python that are critical for learning the advanced skills required for business analytics.

Please contact [[m|MSBA]] if you have any questions about our bootcamps.

MSBA Capstone

The MSBA Capstone is an intensive assignment that tests your ability to be an effective analyst. Part of being an effective analyst is to think critically about a situation in the context of how much time and what resources are available. Unlike most programs, our approach ensures you have all the required tools in your toolbox before commencing the project. You'll apply the skills learned throughout the MSBA program to a real-world scenario in a controlled environment, allowing you to honestly assess the knowledge you've gained to successfully solve a complex business problem in Business Analytics.

MSBA Capstone Highlights

  • Real World Project

    Sponsored by a William & Mary corporate partner; not a faculty-generated scenario

  • Comprehensive Connections

    Synthesizes all of the analytic methodologies covered over the previous ten months

  • Team Based

    Encourages teams to develop a systematic approach to solving the problem using analytics

  • Advanced Communication Skills

    Teams generate an innovative solution and persuasively convey it using data visualization techniques and communication skills