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UOP International Offers New Graduate Programs

By Shorelight Team
Last updated on July 13, 2021

Learn more about new graduate programs in business analytics, computer science, and finance for international students at University of the Pacific International.

University of the Pacific (UOP) International recently announced three new graduate programs: Master’s of Science, Business Analytics; Master’s of Science, Computer Science; and Master’s of Science, Finance. Each is offered at UOP’s campus in Stockton, California.

STEM-Designated Master’s of Science, Business Analytics

Offered through UOP’s Eberhardt School of Business, the MS in Business Analytics is a fully accredited 31-credit campus-based program available to students with a bachelor’s degree in any major. Classes are offered both in person and remotely and the program can be completed in as little as 18 months.  

For the first cohort of students, UOP International is offering a 25% program discount!

UOP International graduate students can take classes in:

  • Business Analytics

  • Database Management with SQL and R

  • Programming for Data Science

  • Leading the Analytics Organization

During the program, students will:

  • Develop key skills—The MS in Business Analytics program trains students to pursue careers as business analysts, developing skills in mathematics, statistics, programming, and modern software tools used in analytics.

  • Gain real-world working experience—Students have the opportunity to work in internships, train under industry experts, and grow their professional network. Internship responsibilities include translating and analyzing raw data, then converting their analyzed data into actionable and ethical business solutions.

  • Work toward a lucrative career—According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment growth for business analytics fields is projected to increase from 11% to 25% between 2019 and 2029. As entry-level business analysts, students can expect starting salaries ranging from $45,000 to $75,000. With more work experience, salaries can get as high as $100,000.

The Master’s of Science in Business Analytics develops graduate students with the essential abilities to use data effectively and strategically for businesspeople, regardless of industries or job functions.” Dr. Albert Huang, Professor of Information Systems and Business Analytics, University of the Pacific

STEM-Designated Master’s of Science in Computer Science

The Computer Science Program, through UOP’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, is a fully accredited 30-credit campus-based program for STEM students seeking a master’s in computer science, and is ranked among the top 20% non-doctoral Engineering and Computer Science programs across the US. 

Additionally, undergraduate students earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UOP can concurrently pursue their MS in computer science and earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years! For students hoping to save money, or get a jump start on their professional career, this is an attractive option. 

When students enroll in the MS in Computer Science, they will:

  • Work toward their desired specialization—Students can choose from three concentrations: graphics and simulation, networking and computer security, and software development.

  • Learn core industry skills—Students learn how to use and manage complex technological systems used in modern companies, which prepares them for careers such as cybersecurity specialists or data consultants. Students also develop desirable skills for creative careers, such as video game development.

The future is bright for students graduating from UOP’s computer science degree program: Graduates begin their careers with starting salaries between $50,000 and $70,000 – $14,000 higher than the national average! The potential for higher earnings grows even more as graduates continue to gain professional experience throughout their careers. 

Computer science is one of those topics that has applications in almost every other field. At Pacific, we studied a variety of different applications, from video games and virtual reality to artificial intelligence." Clarissa Franke, class of 2019

STEM-Designated Master’s of Science in Finance 

UOP International’s MS in Finance is a fully accredited, 31-credit campus-based STEM degree offered through the Eberhardt School of Business. Once enrolled, students develop competitive skills such as communication, professional ethics, and applied research. Students do not need to have an undergraduate degree in finance to enroll, but they may be required to complete prerequisite coursework before or during the program.

Students may also prepare for their Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification while studying for their master’s degree. The CFA designation is a prestigious professional title currently awarded only to approximately 135,000 people worldwide. 

The MS in Finance offers the following advanced courses:

  • Corporate Finance

  • Advanced Accounting

  • Investments/Portfolio Analysis

  • Economics for Finance

During the program, students will:

  • Learn how to manage finances—Students learn practical and relevant skills, such as research and evaluation, report preparation, and risk management. Students also learn about state-of-the-art tools used widely across the industry.

  • Work with real investment funds—UOP’s student-run investment fund, valued at more than $3.2 million, enables master’s students to gain practical experience managing large equity portfolios during their studies.

  • Connect with industry experts—Students develop first-hand experience through required internships. During the program, students can network with industry leaders and visit top finance companies to build their future careers.

The MS in Finance is offered both in person and online through UOP’s unique model, called Hyflex. 

With a MS in Finance, students can work in finance careers such as financial analysts, consultants, or banking, or they can even become investors themselves. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay for a financial analyst role in 2019 was $81,590. According to the CFA Institute, the average pay for portfolio managers is $316,000. Additionally, demand for finance professionals is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations between 2019 and 2029.

Our innovative program provides excellent preparation for many occupations which are at the leading edge of data-driven business decision-making. With the required internship, students with strong quantitative and analytical skills will find our curriculum … will best position them for the top jobs in any industry.” — Tim Carrol, dean, Eberhardt School of Business, University of the Pacific

Who Can Apply?

UOP International’s new graduate programs enable international students with a minimum 2.65 grade point average (GPA) to pursue a graduate degree in the US, gain in-demand skills, and learn from expert UOP professors in business, computer science, or finance. 

Entry requirements for each program may vary. However, as a general requirement, students should prepare the following documents for their UOP International graduate school application:

  • Proof of bachelor’s degree

  • Official transcripts

  • Resume

  • Personal statement

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results

Next Steps for Counselors 

If you have any questions about the new graduate program opportunities at UOP International, please reach out to your Shorelight representative.

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