The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) at the Rady School is an intensive program that will provide you with the skills to succeed in data-rich business environments. The program offers rigorous, hands-on training that will prepare you to use data and analytics to identify business opportunities, generate business insights and create business solutions. As an MSBA student, you will gain both the quantitative skills to create better decision tools and the ability to manage teams and communicate effectively with stakeholders throughout each phase of an analytics project.
In the Rady School MSBA program you will learn to:
- Use predictive analytics and optimization for data driven decision-making in marketing, finance, management and operations
- Collect, clean, visualize, and analyze data
- Use statistical and optimization tools (e.g., R, Shiny, Radiant)
- Create and implement business analytics solutions
Careers in Business Analytics
Successful businesses use data and models to make better decisions and gain competitive advantage. Vast amounts of data on customers, suppliers, operations and financial transactions are collected from a variety of sources, often managed in diverse systems, by multiple stakeholders. Transforming this data into insights that can enhance decision-making is a key strategic challenge for businesses of every size, across all industries. Companies are looking for skilled professionals who can work effectively in teams to frame key operational and strategic business questions and use data and analytics to find the answers.
MSBA students receive career support from Career Connections. Through personal coaching, an array of programs and resources and a commitment to creating access to opportunities, Career Connections enhances your potential for success.
The MSBA is a 50-unit degree program. The curriculum consists of four 4-unit core courses, two 1-unit core courses, and 32 units from a set of elective courses.
- Required and Recommended Courses
- Required Core Courses
- Elective Courses
- Capstone Project
Each student must successfully pass a comprehensive examination. This examination includes (i) a formal presentation of the capstone project, (ii) a written report, and (iii) an individual oral examination. The capstone project will require students to complete a project that solves a business problem for a real-world client and document their work in a written report.
Fall 2016 Deadlines
- December 1, 2015
- February 1, 2016
- April 1, 2016*
- June 1, 2016
*Final deadline for international applicants
It is expected that most successful applicants will have either (i) an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline such as mathematics, economics, statistics, physics, engineering, or computer science, or (ii) five or more years of work experience in the public or private sector. Students with a non-quantitative undergraduate degree and less than five years of work experience will be considered on an exceptional basis if (1) their work experience is in the area of business analytics or marketing research or (2) they have developed a strong quantitative background through additional coursework or relevant work experience. The program will only admit students who have a solid foundation in quantitative methods, particularly knowledge of probability and statistics and the use of statistical applications such as R, SAS, STATA, and Matlab. Additionally, each student must demonstrate evidence of programming proficiency from prior college coursework, professional experience, a certificate from a continuing education program, or a Coursera course on R-programming.
The Rady School admissions team reviews applications as they are received and makes decisions on a rolling basis. The number of seats is limited so applying early increases your likelihood of gaining admission.
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Last updated June 15, 2016