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Schools for Aspiring Sales Analysts: How to Choose

Bachelor's and master's degree programs in economics, marketing and business are relevant to students seeking a career as a sales analyst. Programs can be found at business schools and colleges throughout the country.

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Sales analysts interpret past transaction records and forecast future business trends, then utilize this information to create more effective sales programs. Those interested in the analysis and prediction of consumer trends may wish to consider schools with economics, business administration or marketing degree programs.

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Marketing, business administration and economics programs are available at these institutions.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate Undergraduate $49,536; Graduate $31,068
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergraduate: $46,704; Graduate: $46,400
University of California--Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate Undergraduate: In-state $13,431; Out-of-state $38,139; Graduate: In-state $11,220; Out-of state $26,322
University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergraduate: In-state $13,856; Out-of-state $43,476; Graduate: In-state $20,638; Out-of state $41,688
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate Undergraduate $47,750; Graduate $38,592
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergraduate: In-state $15,192; Out-of-state $44,365; Graduate: In-state $14,518; Out-of state $24,316
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergraduate $50,665; Graduate $40,625
University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergraduate: In-state $8,591; Out-of-state $33,673; Graduate: In-state $9,143; Out-of state $26,354
University of Texas--Austin Austin, TX 4 year, Public Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergraduate: In-state $9,806; Out-of-state $34,676; Graduate: In-state $10,934; Out-of state $20,762
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergraduate $49,116; Graduate $29,500
Indiana University--Bloomington Bloomington, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergraduate: In-state $10,388; Out-of-state $33,741; Graduate: In-state $8,442; Out-of state $26,812
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergraduate $47,929; Graduate $47,300
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate Undergraduate $50,277; Graduate $39,984

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

There are several things to consider when choosing a sales analyst program.

  • Look for programs that include training in data and sales analysis, including bachelor's degrees in economics, marketing, business administration or interdisciplinary studies.
  • Find schools that include research opportunities for valuable hands-on training.
  • Not all schools offer the same programs at undergraduate and graduate levels; it is important to determine if you want to study economics, business administration or marketing and make sure the school you choose has programs at all levels of study you plan to pursue.
  • Economics majors interested in a sales analyst career should select a program that includes classes in human behavior and historic sales trends.

Economics Degree Programs

Students can pursue either a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics. B.A. degree programs often include more social science and literature courses, while B.S. degree programs require more natural science courses.

Business Degree Programs

Bachelor's degree programs in business administration often incorporate both economics and marketing courses into the curricula. Students can gain additional specialized training through elective courses.

Marketing Degree Programs

Students enrolled in bachelor's degree or master's degree programs in marketing study customer behavior, public relations and marketing communications. Some bachelor's degree programs in marketing place an emphasis on quantitative marketing analysis and planning. Additionally, graduate programs may provide opportunities to work on team projects for actual corporate clients.

A career in sales analysis can be pursued with an educational background in business administration, economics or marketing. Programs range from undergraduate certificate studies to doctoral degrees, and are available at many postsecondary institutions.

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