Master of Science in Business Analytics


Employers need skilled individuals who can translate big data into recommendations for pro table actions. A report published by the McKinsey Global Institute said the United States could face a shortage of as many as 190,000 workers with “deep analytical skills” by 2018. The study also predicted a workforce gap of 1.5 million managers and analysts with the skills to decipher and translate data patterns for decision making. This shortage means more and more opportunities for students who are comfortable with data and with managing its volume, velocity and variety.

The Master of Science in Business Analytics degree consists of a set of core courses and a set of electives organized into different tracks: Data Science, Marketing Analytics, Decision and Operations Analytics, Financial Analytics, Healthcare Analytics, and IT for Analytics. In addition to teaching the core analytics concepts, the degree covers tools like SAS, R, Python, Hadoop, Stata, and Tableau. The degree has also established academic partnerships with Cloudera, Hortonworks, and Dell/EMC².

Program Information

School: Naveen Jindal School of Management

Program: Business Analytics

Catalog page: MS

MS in Business Analytics Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or its equivalent. An undergraduate business degree is not required; all undergraduate majors are welcome.

Test score required: Yes

A competitive GMAT score (GRE also accepted) that is less than five years old is required. Exceptions can be made to the GMAT/GRE requirement for any student with a 3.6 or greater GPA based on the last 60 credit hours at an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited undergraduate institution. These exceptions will be made based on a holistic review by the admissions committee of their work experience and academic performance.

International applicants must submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 on the Internet-based test that is less than two years old.

Letters of recommendation: Minimum of one

Applicants must submit at least one letter of recommendation from an individual who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Resume required: Yes

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


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Office: JSOM 2.413

Possible Careers

Data Scientist, Data Engineer, Data Analyst, Risk Analyst, Business Intelligence Engineer, Fraud Analyst, Pricing Analyst, Strategic Business Analyst, Marketing Analytics

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.