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Business Analytics M.S.

Information & Decision Sciences
Curtis L. Carlson School of Management
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Contact Information
Phone: 612-301-1191
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 45
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The M.S. in Business Analytics program provides a strong foundation in data analytics by bringing together a diverse body of knowledge from consumer behavior, risk management, operations research, optimization, information systems, computer science, applied statistics, and decision theory for the purpose of data-driven business decision making in both public and private sectors. Students who graduate from this 45-credit program will have the deep quantitative capabilities and technical expertise to create business and social value by extracting useful insights and applying them in a variety of career settings. The Business Analytics M.S. can be completed in one year of full-time study, or in three years part-time.
This program is accredited by This program is STEM approved.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
- Completion of some programming courses preferred. - Applicants must have completed at least one semester college-level Calculus course with a grade of "C" or better (or grade equivalent). - Work experience is not required, but preferred.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit all application materials through the University's admissions system. Application materials include: - A GMAT or GRE General Test that is not more than five years old, with an acceptable score. - For international students, an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) International Language Testing System (IELTS). - Names and contact information for three references in the online application. - A personal statement of career goals, and objectives for pursuing a Business Analytics M.S. degree. The personal statement questions are the following: Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals. Why are you choosing to pursue a Business Analytics M.S. degree at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so? Why are you interested in pursuing a Business Analytics M.S. degree at the Carlson School of Management? What do you feel makes you a strong candidate for the program? How will you contribute to the Business Analytics M.S. Program overall? Applicants must submit a current resume that includes job responsibilities and accomplishments in the online application. - Applicants may choose to submit an essay to comment on any item(s) in their application they consider worthy of further explanation. - Applicants may be required to complete an admissions interview, which are by invitation only.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
  • GMAT
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 45 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: Students will engage in an experiential learning application of the analytics methodologies, techniques, and tools learned throughout the program to a real-world problem. The final project will consist of the development and presentation of results, interpretations, insights, and recommendations.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Some business/basic technical requirements can be waived for students with degrees in related business areas/computer science.
Business/Management Fundamentals (12 credits)
Financial Accounting (3 cr) Data Analysis and Statistics for Managers (3 cr) Analytics for Competitive Advantage (3 cr) At least one of the following: Marketing Management (3 cr) Operations Management (3 cr) Strategic Management (3 cr) Financial Management (3 cr)
Technical Fundamentals (12 credits)
Programming & Application Development (3 cr) Data Management, Databases, and Data Warehousing (3 cr) Harvesting Big Data (3 cr) Project Management, Leadership, Communications & Team Dynamics (3 cr)
Specialty Courses (15 credits)
Exploratory Data Analytics & Visualization (3 cr) Predictive Analytics (3 cr) Advanced Issues in Business Analytics (3 cr) Data-Driven Experimentation and Measurement (3 cr) Modeling and Heuristics for Decision Making Support (3 cr)
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