February 6, 2012
Two new features are to be introduced for the HEC Montréal MSc program, starting in the fall 2012 term: a business intelligence data mining microprogram and a Global Supply Chain Management option (thesis track only).*
First of all, five existing courses in the Business Intelligence option, one of the 19 MSc specialization options, are now being grouped together to make up a business intelligence data mining microprogram (in French). Consisting of evening courses in two disciplines (management sciences and marketing), the short graduate program meets a clear need. “We receive a lot of requests from students interested in learning about data mining techniques, but who don’t necessarily want to devote a whole master’s degree to it,” explains MSc Director Claude Laurin. “This new microprogram offers them a very attractive alternative.” Graduates of the microprogram will still be able to continue their studies in the Business Intelligence option, however, under certain conditions.
The Global Supply Chain Management option is in line with the goal of the MBA program administration to attract even more international students. “Offering an option completely in English, combined with the School’s recognized expertise in the field of logistics, puts us in an excellent position to attract this clientele,” emphasizes Professor Laurin. After all, Montréal has the largest pool of professors in the supply chain management field in Canada. HEC Montréal has two Canada Research Chairs related to this field, one in logistics and transportation and the other in distribution management, along with the Supply Chain Forum. In addition, professors in this discipline are also heavily involved in two joint centres: the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT) and the Group for Research on Decision Analysis (GERAD).
*Subject to Université de Montréal approval.