Master of Science in Business Analytics
For Working Professionals | Applications reopen in Fall 2023
Why A Master's in Business Analytics?Current technologies are generating a massive amount of data from business transactions and user-generated data, making data analytics a popular field. Here, you'll learn to use skills like statistical analysis and data mining to address business management issues across industries.
LEARN PRACTICAL SKILLS FROM TOP ACADEMICSCutting-edge analytics including business intelligence, predictive and prescriptive analytics with a focus on leveraging data on quantifying tradeoffs in business decisions.
DESIGNED WITH YOU IN MINDThe program offers a blended learning format, with a mix of self-paced online and synchronous (live online) weekly meetings. The program includes 5 required on-campus immersives at The McCombs School of Business in Austin, Texas.
Program At A Glance
The Master of Science in Business Analytics for Working Professionals is a 23-month program designed to allow you to study while you work.
Key Program Components
This part-time, online program has three components:
- Asynchronous online learning (self-paced, online)
- Synchronous weekly meetings with peers and faculty (live online)
- Synchronous meetings take place on Tuesdays from 7-9pm CST
- 5 required in-person immersives (in-person)
- The first immersive will take place May 18-20, 2023
- The second immersive will take place October 19-21, 2023
- Additional immersive dates will be announced soon
You can customize your curriculum with pathway options, including tracks in:
- Supply Chain
- Marketing Analytics
Summer 2023 (“Summer Term”) - 6 credits
- Core: Data Science Programming (3)
- Core: Information Management (3)
Fall 2023 - 6 credits
- Core: Introduction to Machine Learning (3)
- Core: Financial Management (3)
Spring 2024 - 5 credits
- Core: Advanced Machine Learning (3)
- Core: Analytics for Unstructured Data (2)
Summer 2024 - 6 credits
- Core: Optimization-I (2)
- Core: Unsupervised Learning (2)
- Elective (2)
Fall 2024 - 7 credits
- Core: Optimization-II (2)
- Core: Capstone Preparation (1)
- Elective (2)
- Elective (2)
Spring 2025 - 6 credits
- Core: Capstone Project (2)
- Elective (2)
- Elective (2)
This course is a blend of self-paced online learning and live online classes.
- All courses will be held online
- Can be attended from anywhere in the Americas
- The 5 on-campus "immersives" will be held at The McCombs School of Business in Austin, Texas
Program Start Date: June 2024
Application Opens: Fall 2023
Applications for the next cohort will open in Fall 2023
Click here to learn more about the application process
Who Attends This Program?
Career StageCareer shifters, career strengtheners, or career jump-starters.
Work ExperienceOn average, participants in this program possess 2-6 years of work experience.
BackgroundCome from engineering, the sciences or other strongly-analytical roles and backgrounds.
Pivot with Confidence
Create Value for Your Organization
Impact Decision Making and Make Better Decisions
Leverage Data to Quantify Business Tradeoffs
Gain Career Relevancy for the Long Term
Apply Analytics Across Different Business Areas
Evaluate Tradeoffs of Emerging Business Models
Learn More About the Working Professionals Program at an Event
Faculty ConnectMeet with Program Director Genaro Gutierrez for an informal chat about this new, online program.
Virtual Info SessionExplore the MSBA for Working Professionals program at our next virtual info session on June 14, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. CT!
General Info SessionsWant to learn more about all of the Master of Science Programs at the McCombs School of Business? Sign up for a general info session or event!
Get Answers to your Questions
Browse some of the most-asked questions below, or download the PDF to view a full list of FAQs about the program.
Dr. Jade DeKinderAssociate Dean of MS Programs
Dr. Anitesh BaruaUnstructured Data
Dr. Guoming LaiSupply Chain Management
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Interested in the Full-Time Program?
We also off a full-time, in-person MSBA program that can be completed in 10 months. If you're interested in learning more about that program, click below.
Is tuition different in-state versus out-of-state?
What tests are required for the application?
We also offer a GRE/GMAT waiver for select applicants to the MSBA-WP program, in cases where previous work experience or academic achievement provides sufficient information for the admissions committee to evaluate your preparedness for the program. The waiver petition can be found under the Test Scores section of your MSBA-WP application.
Do you factor work experience into admissions decisions, or do you only look at GPA?
How does this program differ from the post-graduate program in data science and analytics?
The career management piece is a critical aspect of all MS Programs that sets them apart. One advantage to the MSBA-WP programs is the access to one-on-one coaching you’ll have for the duration of the program.
The Capstone Project is another component that sets this program (and all MS Programs) apart. Capstone offers you the opportunity to work with a real-life company to help them resolve a problem. This both adds to your resume and helps you build your network.
Access to people who can help broaden your network – both through Capstone and the Advisory Council – is another way this program is different.
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What are some of the prerequisites for this program?
Strong Quantitative Skills
Quantitative skills take you a long way when learning new aspects of machine learning, optimization, and when using statistics and understanding data. The program requires some prior background in calculus and statistics, and some quant is needed within the first class.
Attendees should have higher levels of programming experience related to object-oriented programming and data structures. You'll need to know beyond the syntax, and understand how to resolve problems using coding and programming. Generally, prior Python, Java, or C++ experience is sufficient, but R or SQL experience does not provide the object-oriented and data structure experience needed. Please attend an event or speak to an Admissions Officer for more detail.
Strong Communication Skills
You'll need to know more than data; it’s important to know how to interpret data and communicate the results beyond just technical skills.
What are the dates and times of the synchronous online sessions?
Synchronous online sessions are two hours long, and will take place on Tuesdays from 7-9pm CST.
As Featured in "Poets & Quants"
Jade DeKinder, Associate Dean for MS programs and Clinical Assistant Professor of Marketing, and Genaro Gutierrez, Director for the MS in Business Analytics program and Associate Professor of IROM, discuss the new Master of Science in Business Analytics for Working Professionals program.
Fact SheetDownload a 2-page overview with details on the all-new program for working professionals.
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