Decision on Decision Science
November 27, 2010 7:03 PM   Subscribe

What careers directly relate to a BS in Business Administration, Concentration in Decision Sciences?

It's unclear if this is a well known concentration and whether potential employers know what it consists of, versus a concentration in Accounting or Finance.

Not sure whether this is worth pursuing.

Asking for someone else

posted by o0o0o to Education (4 answers total)
IMHO, an accounting or finance concentration would be much more employable. My MBA-holding, 20-years-in-business/finance SO has no idea what decision science is.
posted by k8t at 7:08 PM on November 27, 2010

I'm not sure anybody in the business world really cares about a concentration connected to a B.A. degree. I mean, it's what, 3 or 4 electives that will be different than the kids with a concentration in Finance or Accounting? I doubt it'll make much of a difference in your career options.
posted by COD at 7:09 PM on November 27, 2010

Best answer: Decision sciences is great for further study (IMHO) and probably getting a PhD but finding out whether the employment opportunities exist or not. Unless you are doing it from a research 1 university that has employment statistics and can get you in touch with alumni and find out what the job market is like, don't do it because of it's limited awareness in the market.

Alternatively, accounting will get you a job and allow you to be employable in a wider variety of sectors. Further, employers see you as someone who has worked really hard in your degree because you have to (a really low gpa could offset that though).

There are three somewhat secure domains for a career, finances (primarily accounting), medicine (nurse, doctor,etc), technology (engineering).
posted by iNfo.Pump at 7:33 PM on November 27, 2010

The Information & Decision Systems BA degree at San Diego State was, according to professors I talked to over the last 4-5 years, wildly popular in the 1990s, because most companies needed IT people and analysts, i.e., not all of the need was for programmers, but "techie", too. The SDSU IDS BA degree looks similar (to me) to the more popular Management Information Systems degree (MIS). The SDSU IDS degree is, at its core, a business B.A., with the upper division emphasis being about systems analysis & programming. I'm very happy with my degree and don't feel the need for grad school (yet!) because I'm so darn busy & happy w/ job/career! As for getting a job when you finish, many of the IDS grads in my class had jobs waiting for them when they finished which started at higher salaries than the acc'ting, marketing, or management track grads (SDSU has marketing, management, finance, accounting, and IDS tracks in their business program). I also think being an analyst in any industry opens as wide or narrow a career path as you choose to carve for yourself, and you can be an analyst in the industry of your choice.
posted by Lukenlogs at 8:52 PM on November 27, 2010

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