SALT LAKE CITY — The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah has launched a new specialized graduate degree in business analytics, the first of its kind in the state.

The Master of Science in business analytics will give students advanced knowledge in both analytics and management, preparing them to enter the robust world of “big data.” A hands-on focus in the curriculum, three-credit hour capstone project and one-on-one career coaching will ensure students have the tools they need to compete in the analytics industry.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — which has accredited the Eccles School and serves as the primary worldwide accreditation for business schools — now requires analytics curriculum to maintain accreditation.

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen a steady increase in demand for courses related to business intelligence and analytics. The calls from industry partners for a graduate program dedicated to big data and analytics were simply too great to ignore,” Bradden Blair, director of the new program, said in the statement. “By combining already existing courses with additional pedagogy, we’ve put together a comprehensive analytics program from Utah’s leading, accredited business school.”

In conjunction with the new program, the Eccles School also will offer a graduate certificate in business analytics.