Master of Science in Business Analytics

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The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS BUAN) is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degree program (18-24 months) at the Naveen Jindal School of Management that provides students with a broad foundation in Business Analytics and Data Science. The program prepares students for jobs in Data Science, Big Data, and Analytics. The core courses are designed to provide the foundation of tools and techniques to be used in the analytics domain whereas the electives allow for business application of the core techniques in Finance, Marketing, Healthcare, IT, and Operations.

The feature that sets the Business Analytics program apart is the flexibility to select elective courses in the following areas:

  • Marketing Analytics
  • Decisions and Operations Analytics
  • Data Science
  • Financial Analytics
  • Healthcare Analytics
  • I.T. Analytics
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    MS in Business Analytics at UT Dallas To apply for this degree program, an undergraduate degree is required (all majors are considered).

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    • Degree Plan
    • Student Profiles and Employment
    • Student Achievements
    • Student Involvement
    • Employers

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    The MS in Business Analytics prepares students for Data Science, Big Data, Analytics and Business Intelligence careers. We have kept our degree plan abreast with the latest trends in Data Science by including courses in R, Python, Big Data, and Machine Learning. Our strong industry relationships, academic partnerships, and student’s accomplishments in Analytics competitions are the highlights of the program.

    We are committed to our students personal and professional growth. The program management and the Business Analytics Leadership council plays an active role in arranging events that help our students grow technically, personally, and professionally. Please visit our Student Involvement page for additional information.

    Please take a few moments to explore our website and learn what Business Analytics @ UT Dallas has to offer.

    Kashif Saeed Director, MS Business Analytics Program

    Degree Plan

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    The MS in Business Analytics has specific core and elective courses for developing in-depth analytics knowledge in a specific industry domain. Students are encouraged to review the UT Dallas Graduate Catalog for the most updated curriculum details.

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    Core Courses

    18 semester credit hours

    Elective Courses

    18 semester credit hours

    6 Tracks

    • Data Science
    • Decisions and Operations Analytics
    • Financial Analytics
    • Healthcare Analytics
    • IT for Analytics
    • Marketing Analytics
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    The MS BA program has academic and certification partnerships with Cloudera and EMC² which provides you with discounts on certifications.

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    Student Profiles and Employment

    MS in Business Analytics Student Profile as of Fall 2017
    Class Statistics Percentage or Number
    Students Enrolled 700
    Gender Male: 429 (61%) | Female: 271 (39%)
    Average Age 27
    Average GMAT/GRE 626/313
    Country of Origin India 56% | China 21% | US 14% | Other 9%

    Many of our graduates go on to work with major companies across all domains. A sample of these companies is listed below:

    • AIG
    • Amazon
    • AmerisourceBergen
    • Bank of America
    • McKinsey & Company
    • Groupon
    • Target
    • PayPal
    • Deloitte
    • HP
    • Essilor
    • Ericsson
    • Citigroup
    • Southwest Airlines

    Positions for which our students were hired included

    • Data Scientist
    • Business Intelligence Analyst
    • Data Engineer
    • Senior Data Analyst
    • Big Data Engineer
    • BI Consultant
    • Risk Analyst
    • Market Research Analyst
    • Pricing Analyst
    • Purchasing Analyst
    • Financial Analyst
    • Engagement Manager

    Note to international students: International students are eligible to work on a curricular internship for a maximum of 12 months while they remain students. Since MS-BA is an approved degree under the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program, graduating students are eligible to work for up to 36 months under the Optional Practical Training program. Please contact the Office of International Student Services for details about these programs.

    MS Business Analytics Full-Time Placement Statistics: Fall 2015, Summer 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016
    MS Business Analytics Internship Placement Statistics: 2016-2017, 2015-2016

    Student Achievements

    Adobe Analytics Challenge

    For over 10 years, this competition has been a unique analytics-focused business case competition where university students are given the opportunity to use Adobe’s industry-leading analytics products and access to real-world data from leading organizations such as Starwood, Lenovo, Condé Nast, Comcast, Overstock.com, and Backcountry.com.

    300+ teams from top 50 Business Schools participate in the Abode Analytics Competition. University of Texas at Dallas Business Analytics students have been participating in this competition for 2 years now and they have made it to the Semi Finals two times in a row.

    Semi-finalist, 2016 – Yashwant Vadlamani, Mounika Akumalla, and Dhanalakshmi Vellaichamy

    Adobe Analytics 2016

    Semi-finalist, 2016 – Monika Soni, Janelle Manuel (MBA/MSBA), and Sahiba Miglani (Marketing)

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    Janelle Manuel

    Semi-finalist, 2015 – Vijayan Nagarajan, Subin Kuriyil and Narendhar Vatikutti

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    Vijayan Nagarajan

    Subin Kuriyil

    Subin Kuriyil

    Narendhar Vatikutti

    Narendhar Vatikutti

    Copart DataThon 2016

    October 2016 started off with students from UTD’s Master’s in Business Analytics (MSBA) taking part in the Copart DataThon competition. Copart sells more than one million vehicles each year with almost 50,000 available for bidding every day. With customers all over the world, Copart made available tons of data for students to slice and dice and identify interesting patterns, giving the students a chance for hands-on experience on real industry data.

    With more than 40 teams competed for top three slots. 6 teams were shortlisted for the final round and were invited to Copart’s Dallas office to present before a panel of judges that included senior leaders, VPs, and Directors, and analytics managers of Copart.

    1st Place – Shruti Jain, Mohit Mundra, Akshay Kher, Elsa Jose

    Business Analytics Copart winners 1st place

    2nd Place – Advait Vaidya, Tina Sharma, Sonam Jain, Aniket Sanghvi

    Business Analytics Copart winners 2nd place

    3rd Place – Hao Jiang, Keerthana Ashok Kumar, Vishvajeet Rathore

    Business Analytics Copart winners 3rd place

    Business Idea Competition 2015

    From Indian food trucks to automated parking systems, UT Dallas students shared new business ideas that they hope will meet consumer needs, attract financial backers, and launch them into a successful career.

    Nearly 300 students participated in the 2015 Business Idea Competition, which was organized by the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) at the Naveen Jindal School of Management. The annual competition gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to develop and present their business ideas while competing for $20,000 in cash and scholarship prizes.

    Semi-finalist – Vijayan Nagarajan, Subin Kuriyil, Narendhar Vatikutti

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    Narendhar Vatikutti

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    IAS Analytics Challenge Competition

    Intelligence and Analytics Society is a University of Texas Dallas organization working under the leadership of Dr. Ravi Shankar. IAS held their poster Analytics competition in Spring 2016 and several ITM and Business Analytics teams participated in it. Business Analytics teams won the First and Second prizes in the poster competition.

    1st Place, IAS Analytics Competition 2016

    Business Analytics poster contest winners 2nd place

    Viral Shah, Tanu Kalra, Shantanoo Bhandge, Mohit Purswani, Jania Kesarwani

    2nd Place, IAS Analytics Competition 2016

    Business Analytics IBM Watson analytics contest winners 2nd place

    Eswar Sai Santosh Bandaru, Chaitanya Krishna Reddy Charabuddi, Harshavardhan Vardhappagari Reddy, Pingali Venkata Praveen, Lavakumar Bada Reddy

    IBM Watson Competition / Operations Management Poster Competition

    The IBM Watson Competition is an AI and cognitive computing competition challenging teams globally to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to tackle the world’s grand challenges. The solutions contribute to the enrichment of available tools and data sets for the usage of innovators everywhere. The goal is also to accelerate the understanding and adoption of AI’s most promising breakthroughs.

    2nd Place, IBM Watson Competition

    Business Analytics IBM Watson analytics contest winners 2nd place

    Mohit Mundra, Akshay Kher, Saumya Sethi

    2nd Place, Poster Competition 2015

    Business Analytics poster contest winners 2nd place

    Vijayan Nagarajan, Subin Kuriyil, Narendhar Vatikutti, Shikhar Tanwar, Hemanth Gonela

    Rang Technologies Data Science Challenge

    Rang technologies, a company focused on Data Science and Analytics solutions, offered a data mining competition in which 86 universities and 278 teams participated. This Kaggle style competition was held in April 2016.

    3rd Place, Rang Technologies Data Science Challenge 2016

    Udayachandar Kadiyala

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    Student involvement

    Challenges and Case Studies

    Leadership Council Events

    • 8A Side Cricket Tourney
    • Gentle Introduction to Machine Learning
    • Internship Panel Discussion
    • Principles of Effective Communication
    • Interview Etiquette

    Social Events

    Masters of Science in Business Analytics Social Events, Jindal School, UT Dallas

    FUN Event with the Director – Fall 2016

    FUN Event with the Director – Fall 2016

    Mentor-Mentee Mixer

    Mentor-Mentee Mixer – Fall 2016

    Mentor-Mentee Mixer – Fall 2016

    FUN Event with the Director

    FUN Event with the Director – Summer 2016

    FUN Event with the Director – Summer 2016

    FUN Event with the Director – Summer 2016

    FUN Event with the Director – Summer 2016

    Sporting Events


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    Community Service

    The Business Analytics program believes in giving back to the community. Our goal is to help non-profit organizations with all their data needs. In providing analytics services we can help you maximize the impact your organization makes in the community. Please let us know if we can help your organization.

    Community Partners

    United Way

    American Heart Association

    Train your Analytics Team

    Is your company starting an Analytics practice? Do you need your team trained in SAS, R, Python, or other analytics tools? The Business Analytics program can help. You provide the space, we provide the instruction. Please let us know of your training requirements.

    Industry Advisory Board

    We, the Business Analytics program, believe in building strong partnerships with industry. Our Board is comprised of leaders in their field who are very engaged with the Business Analytics program. We offer a forum to share best practices and solutions to your business needs. We value the input our industry partners make to the program. Your involvement ensures our graduates are career ready and will add instant value to your organization. Please let us know if you are interested in engaging with our program.