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 tracks: Accounting Analytics, Data Science, Decision and Operations Analytics, Financial Analytics, Healthcare Analytics, IT for Analytics and Marketing Analytics. In addition to teaching the core analytics concepts, the degree covers tools like SAS, R, Python, Hadoop, Stata and Tableau. The program 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: A bachelor's degree from an institution in the United States, or its equivalent (all majors are considered).

GPA: Students must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) in both business core courses and in aggregate courses to qualify for the MS degree.

Test score required: Yes

Competitive GMAT (GRE also accepted) performance based on a score that is less than five years old.

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

All master's programs will require at least one letter of recommendation which can be either academic or professional.

Resume required: Yes

Admissions essay required: Yes

Personal essay outlining academic interests and goals.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


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Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: data scientist, data engineer, data analyst, risk analyst, business intelligence engineer, fraud analyst, pricing analyst, strategic business analyst, marketing analyst.

Salary Information

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