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Master of Science in Business Analytics
For Working Professionals | Application is now open!
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)
You can customize your curriculum with pathway options, including tracks in:
- Supply Chain
- Marketing Analytics
Summer #1 - 6 credits
- Core: Data Science Programming (3)
- Core: Information Management (3)
Fall #1 - 6 credits
- Core: Introduction to Machine Learning (3)
- Core: Financial Management (3)
Spring #1 - 5 credits
- Core: Advanced Machine Learning (3)
- Core: Analytics for Unstructured Data (2)
Summer #2 - 6 credits
- Core: Optimization-I (2)
- Core: Unsupervised Learning (2)
- Elective (2)
Fall #2 - 7 credits
- Core: Optimization-II (2)
- Core: Capstone Preparation (1)
- Elective (2)
- Elective (2)
Spring #2 - 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
Graduation Date: May 2026
Application Is Open!
- Round 1 Deadline: October 11, 2023
- Round 2 Deadline: January 10, 2024
- Round 3 Deadline: March 6, 2024
- Round 4 Deadline: April 10, 2024
Click here to learn more about the application process
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.
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
Dr. Jade DeKinderAssociate Dean of MS Programs
Dr. Anitesh BaruaUnstructured Data
Dr. Guoming LaiSupply Chain Management
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Is tuition different in-state versus out-of-state?
What tests are required for the application?
Beginning with the 2023-24 admissions cycle, we are pleased to announce that GMAT and GRE test scores are now optional for the Texas McCombs Master of Science Programs! Applicants will not be disadvantaged in the admissions profess if they do not submit test scores, and applicants who feel that their test scores reflect their potential for success in graduate school may submit scores for consideration.
If you opt to submit GMAT, GMAT Focus or GRE scores, you will need to provide your test scores in order to submit your application. While the official score report may reach the Graduate School after we have received your application, you will not be able to submit unless you have entered your scores and at least uploaded an unofficial score report. Read more about tests now being optional on our blog.
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.
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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.
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