Master of Business Analytics


Program Description

The MIT Sloan School of Management, with support and leadership from the MIT Operations Research Center, introduces a new, specialized one-year Master of Business Analytics program designed to prepare students for careers in business analytics.

The program is tailored for current students or recent college graduates who plan to pursue a career in the data science industry, as well as those seeking career advancement or change, especially engineers, mathematicians, physicists, computer programmers, and other high-tech professionals.

The program answers the industry’s demand for a skilled pool of graduates who can apply data science to solve business challenges. With the addition of this program, MIT now offers an analytics degree at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

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The Master of Business Analytics program ensures that students have a strong understanding of the fundamentals of analytics, along with the experience to meet their career and personal goals.

Core Subjects

  • Applied Probability and Stochastic Models (15.073J, 12 units)
  • Optimization Methods (15.093J, 12 units)
  • Analytics Lab (15.572, 9 units)
  • Machine Learning (15.095, 12 units)
  • From Analytics to Action (15.681, H2, 6 units)
  • Analytics Capstone (15.089, 24 units)
  • Communicating with Data (15.286, 3 units)
  • The Analytics Edge (15.071, 12 units)

Seminar (during SIP)

  • Analytics Tools & Communication & Leadership Skills Workshop (15.003, 3 units)

Approved Electives (3 to be chosen)

Students select 27-48 units from the list of approved electives below:

  • Nonlinear Optimization (15.084J, 12 units, spring)
  • Robust Modeling, Optimization, and Computation (15.094J, 12 units, spring)
  • Media Ventures (15.376J, 9 units, spring)
  • Investment Management (15.439, 9 units, spring)
  • Analytics of Finance (15.450, 12 units, spring)
  • Algorithmic Trading and Quantitative Investment Strategies (15.487, 9 units, spring)
  • The Economics of Information: Strategy, Structure, and Pricing (15.567, 6 units, fall)
  • Digital Marketing and Social Media Analytics (15.570, 6 units, fall)
  • Enterprise Transformations in the Digital Economy (15.571, 9 units, spring)
  • Introduction to Operations Management (15.761, 9 units, fall)
  • Supply Chain Planning (15.762J, 6 units, spring)
  • The Theory of Operations Management (15.764J, 12 units, spring)
  • Logistics Systems (15.770J, 12 units, fall)
  • The Analytics of Ops Management (15.774, 12 units, fall)
  • Marketing Management (15.810, 9 units, spring)
  • Product Management (15.828, 9 units, spring)
  • Marketing Analytics (15.841, 9 units, spring)
  • Consumer Behavior (15.847, 9 units, spring)
  • Introduction to System Dynamics (15.871, 6 units, fall)
  • Innovation Strategy (15.910, 6 units, spring)
  • Special Subject: Design (4.S02)
  • Network Science and Models (6.268, 12 units, spring)
  • Statistical Learning Theory and Applications (6.860J, 12 units, fall)
  • Applied Machine Learning (6.862, 12 units, spring)
  • Machine Learning (6.867, 12 units, fall)
  • Matrix Methods in Data Analysis, Signal Processing, and Machine Learning (18.0651, 12 units, spring)

Subject listings are intended to provide a window into MIT offerings. Names, numbers, instructors, and descriptions are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, please see the MIT subject catalog.

Analytics Capstone Project

For students:

A highlight of the Master of Business Analytics curriculum is the Analytics Capstone Project, which gives students an opportunity to work on real-life data science problems with industry practitioners. Over a period of seven months, students work in teams of two with sponsor organizations around the United States and abroad. In January, the student teams are matched with host organizations and assigned dedicated faculty advisors. From February to May, students work on the projects on campus at MIT, meeting regularly with their faculty advisor and host organization. In the summer, students travel to the host organization for a full-time summer internship. Finally in September, upon completion of the summer internship and submission of a final report and presentation, students earn their formal degree.

Sample Companies:

  • Anheuser Busch
  • BMW Group
  • Boston Consulting Group Gamma
  • GroupM
  • IBM Watson
  • MailChimp
  • Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority
  • McKinsey & Company
  • MFS Investment Management
  • StubHub
  • Swiss Re
  • Walmart

For partner organizations:

The rigor of the MIT Sloan Master of Business Analytics program prepares students for careers that apply and manage modern data science to solve critical business challenges. The Analytics Capstone Project is a core component of this program, giving students real-world experience solving data challenges from organizations around the world.

MIT Sloan is seeking proposals from organizations around the world and from every industry and sector to sponsor student groups for the 7-month project course. Dedicated teams of students use analytical tools to solve your key business challenges and present applicable solutions at the completion of the capstone period. The teams perform their work under confidentiality agreements and the results are the sole property of the respective sponsors.

For more information about sponsoring an Analytics Capstone Project, please contact:

Michelle Li
Director, Master of Business Analytics

Career Support

The Master of Business Analytics will prepare students to interpret data and to use data to drive decisions. This skill set can be applied across a broad range of industries including management consulting, financial services, technology, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and more. Graduates will be ready for roles such as business intelligence analysts, quantitative or pricing and revenue optimization analysts, insurance risk estimation analysts.

The Career Development Office (CDO) will provide job search and career development programming to help students achieve their career goals. Workshops, individual career advising, and opportunities to meet with alumni working in Business Analytics across industries and roles will be facilitated by the CDO and customized for the Master of Business Analytics degree.

Career Resources

MIT Sloan provides a broad range of career development services to help students achieve their career goals. Through the Career Development Office, the school offers extensive resources to connect students with companies, alumni, and leaders who can help guide them toward rewarding careers.

Throughout the academic year, the office sponsors programs designed to assist students in developing the skills and strategies that will enable them to achieve their career goals in today’s competitive job market.

  • Networking events
  • On-campus recruiting
  • Company presentations
  • Club activities
  • Career fair
  • Career resource center
  • Advisory resources
  • Online resources
  • West coast trek

Alumni Network

MIT Sloan alumni have a lifelong connection to the school. They help guide current students through their MIT Sloan experience and counsel them on future plans. They contribute to campus discussions and conferences, sharing experiences and expertise.

MIT Sloan graduates are automatically connected to a network of more than 24,000 MIT Sloan alumni and more than 136,000 MIT alumni—successful leaders and innovators in a wide range of industries and fields worldwide. In more than 95 MIT Alumni Association Clubs (in more than 40 countries) around the world, fellow alumni foster close connections to one another and to MIT Sloan.

The MIT Sloan Student-Alumni Mentoring Program, a service provided by the MIT Sloan Office of External Relations, offers students another valuable source of guidance on all aspects of the MIT Sloan experience. Through the program, Master of Business Analytics students selects mentors from a pool of hundreds of MIT Sloan alumni. With diverse backgrounds in a variety of industries and functions, these volunteers provide important insights to our students.

See Yourself Here

We seek smart, motivated applicants who are passionate about analytics. Recent graduates, early career professionals in high-tech, engineers, mathematicians, physicists, and computer programmers are encouraged to apply.

Each applicant is measured on his or her academic and professional accomplishments. Applicants are eligible to apply to the Master of Business Analytics program if they have a bachelor's degree or will have completed one by July 2018. Students with a three-year bachelor's degree from an international university are also eligible to apply.

We seek well-rounded, intellectually curious individuals with the following characteristics:

  • Success in academic, extracurricular, and professional endeavors.
  • Ability to collaborate to accomplish a common goal.
  • Ability to inspire others to achieve success.
  • Willingness to seek alternative solutions to existing challenges.
  • Motivation to pursue their goals.
Last updated Nov 2019

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