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Making an Impact at Ameriprise

Getting his master’s degree in Business Analytics was a pretty big deal for Juhaan Johar ’18 MSBA.

He was only a few years out of school when he began his studies at St. Thomas, placing him alongside more seasoned professionals. Some entered the program with decades of software and tech experience and others with years of business and management experience. His classmates ranged from professionals in data science to MBA students.

Johar looked at this diversity of backgrounds, career stages, and functional roles in the classroom as an opportunity to develop his critical communication and teamwork skills. He recognized he brought his own unique value and perspectives to the table as well. “We complemented each other with our different strengths and weaknesses,” he said.

The Master of Science in Business Analytics degree is a partnership program between the St. Thomas Graduate Programs in Software and the Opus College of Business. This unique partnership melds quantitative, data management, and business coursework, leading to a mix of students in the courses.

“It was pretty clear to see we’re not all the same," said Johar. "In group work, the MBA students are the ones speaking out, leading and presenting. Analytics and data science students may be more reserved, but bring special technical skills to the team.”

Johar attributes the analytics expertise and practice he gained in courses like advanced statistics, data visualization and health care analytics to his on-the-job growth. The projects in his courses also helped him identify his career goals. “I was most interested in the business side of reporting and predictive analytics,” he said.

Courses in advanced statistics, data visualization and health care analytics helped with Johar's on-the-job growth. Projects in his courses also helped him identify his career goals: “I was the most interested in the business side of reporting and predictive analytics."

Johar landed a new a new job in the financial services sector at Ameriprise just before graduation. It's one of the largest financial planning companies in the United States and among the 25 largest asset managers in the world. 

And he's confident that learning alongside such a wide variety of students has prepared him to work effectively in a large, matrixed organization with colleagues from all departments. “I found a great career at Ameriprise and love what I’m doing so far.”