MSBA: One Year Later

With hugs and high-fives, nearly a dozen students from the first graduating class of the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program entered their former classroom in Farrell Hall. After they greeted each other and started catching up, they found themselves returning to their regular seats in the classroom.

“Coming back for a one-year reunion — you don’t get that many places,” said Grant Trivette (MSBA ’17). “Most schools make you wait a little longer. But this is just wonderful. I always love a chance to come back to campus.”

Trivette, who was the first student enrolled in the program when it began in 2016, works not too far away at Hanesbrands in Winston-Salem where he still lives. But some of his classmates traveled from across North Carolina and out of state to catch up and mingle with fellow alumni, as well as faculty members, staff, and current MSBA students.

He shared how his experience in the program allowed him to have an impact professionally. “We have a very large advanced analytics group at Hanesbrands, and I have the ability to connect with them and also connect with other business units like finance. Serving as a translator or facilitator between the two groups has been extremely valuable, and I’m able to do that because of my time at Wake Forest.”

“I wasn’t totally sure I wanted to go full force into an analytics career at the beginning of the program, but by the end, I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do. It became my dream,” said Martha Dawson (MSBA ’17). “I loved every course in the program and that drove me to apply for analytics positions so I could do this every day. I love my job and I love every day at work.”

During the reunion, Jeff Camm, associate dean for analytics, spoke with the alumni about the School’s new online master’s in business analytics for working professionals.

“I was really excited to hear what’s new in the program,” said Denise Dubick (MSBA ’17). “I heard there was going to be an online program starting soon, so I was really interested to learn more about that, and it was also a great opportunity to meet the new graduating class.”

While the group was visiting campus, they wrote personal notes to the graduating class of 2018, and shared advice for prospective class of 2019 students at a reception on the Terrace.