M.S. in Business Analytics

Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University

Program Description

M.S. in Business Analytics

Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University

Expanding Business Intelligence through Business Analytics

In the Master in Business Analytics (MS) program, you will:

  • Take classes with leading Michigan State faculty in business, computer science and mathematics from the Broad College of Business, College of Engineering and College of Natural Science
  • Experience working on live data analysis projects and real-world problem solving
  • Expand your business intelligence and link your expertise to a growing industry

The program is designed to be completed in one calendar year from January to December. Each semester, the highly experiential program offers students the opportunity to work on data sets arranged with corporate and faculty support.

The curriculum includes courses in business strategy, data mining, applied statistics, project management, marketing technologies, communications and ethics taught by leading MSU faculty. Graduates of the MS in Business Analytics will take their knowledge of business intelligence to careers in business, non-profit, science, engineering management, healthcare, finance, and government. Course Descriptions

Business Analytics: Building Business Intelligence in a Data-Driven World

The MS in Business Analytics offers courses in three core areas:

  1. Business data management process and business analytic approaches
  2. Experiential project management using live data sets for analysis and application
  3. Data management, including:
  • data mining, marketing technology, applied statistics
  • how to interpret and communicate data analysis
  • the ethical and intellectual property issues related to data analytics

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MS in Business Analytics is based on academic and professional background, as well as the potential for a successful career in analytics. Each applicant is evaluated on the basis of these criteria and in relation to the current applicant group.

Academic background in engineering, computer science, mathematics, economics, science, and business are recommended for those interested in the MS in Business Analytics program. The application deadline is November 1. All applications must be complete by this date in order to be considered for admission to the program for the upcoming spring term.

Applications for Spring 2015 will be accepted starting February 1, 2014. Note that admission is selective and there is ongoing review of applications. Applicants should consider applying as early as possible for best advantage.

To be considered for the admission in MS in Business Analytics, applicants are expected to have:

  1. A completed bachelor’s degree from a recognized educational institution.
  2. A cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.00 in undergraduate coursework.
  3. Completed, with a grade of 3.0 or higher, college-level courses in introductory calculus and statistics.
  4. Completed the suggested prerequisites listed in the course offerings.
  5. A working knowledge of personal computers, including word processing, spreadsheets, networking and database management systems.
  6. Knowledge of programming languages such as C, C++, Python, Java, HTML, as well as experience in using statistical packages, and use of statistical software programs.
  7. Have strong scores on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test). The MS in Business Analytics GMAT code is QHO-5P-59. The GRE (Graduate Record Exam, university code 1465) may be accepted as an alternative to the GMAT. Please check with the program office. Waivers are not granted on GMAT/GRE requirement.
  8. A relatively recent laptop computer with Microsoft Office.

International Applicants

There are specific requirements for international applicants with regard to academic transcripts, English language requirements and financial certification for application to the MS in Business Analytics program.

  1. The undergraduate degree must be the equivalent to a four-year degree in the United States.
  2. English competency test is required with the following minimum scores: TOEFL: 250 on computer version and 100 on the Internet- Based Test: IELTS 7, PTE 7. English competency test takes should use the Michigan State University code 1465. Waivers may ONLY be considered for students that have graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelors degree.
  3. Affidavit of Support and Bank Statement: In order to obtain the documents needed to file for a student visa (I-20 or DS-2019), students must show adequate proof of financial support. All international students must provide a signed affidavit of support and bank statement with the name of the account holder in English.
  4. Applicants from CHINESE UNIVERSITIES: Please arrange for a verification report of your university transcript with the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). The report must be mailed directly to the MSU Office of Admissions by the CDGDC, rather than by you or any third party. China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center
    Verification Division
    B-17, Tongfang Scientific Plaza
    No.1 Wangzhuang Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100083, P.R.China
    Tel: 86-10-82379480
    Fax: 86-10-82378718
    Email: cqv@cdgdc.edu.cn
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Last updated January 22, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Jan. 2019
12 months
Full time
36,000 USD
$36000 in-state, $39000 USD out-of-state
USA - Lansing, Michigan
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