Master of Science in Business Analytics
The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS BA) is a 36 semester credit hours 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 the business intelligence and analytics area. The program includes core courses and analytics electives organized into different tracks.
- The core courses covers statistics and econometrics, predictive modeling, decision and optimization (prescriptive) modeling, and data management.
- The analytics elective courses provide students with an opportunity to obtain in-depth analytics knowledge in a specific domain/industry.
- The Financial Engineer recently ranked this program No 7 among similar programs in the U.S.
The tracks that students can choose include Marketing Analytics, Decision and Operations Analytics, Financial Analytics, Healthcare Analytics and IT for Analytics.
To apply for this degree program, an undergrad business degrees is not required (all undergraduate majors welcome).
For more details, please attend our online information session held on the first Tuesday of every month at Noon. On-campus information session dates can be found in our event calendar.
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Business Analytics is an exciting area that is attracting tremendous attention amongst companies large and small. The accelerated growth rate of structured/unstructured data combined with the need to enhance predictive and prescriptive analytical capabilities for decision making are fueling this growth and interest. The MS program in Business Analytics provides a strong foundation in Data Management, Quantitative Methods and Analytical techniques for predictive/prescriptive analytics. By selecting an Analytics track amongst Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain (Decisions and Operations), IT and Healthcare, students can then learn how to apply complex quantitative and analytical methods in a functional area of their interest.
At UT Dallas, we require students to complete an internship or a practicum course as part of this program. We work very hard to establish strong relationships with companies and to work with students to help them find these opportunities to work with the industry in an area of interest in Business Analytics. Please browse our website or contact us to learn more about the MS program in Business Analytics at UT Dallas.
Core Courses (24 semester credit hours)
- BUAN 6312 Applied Econometrics and Time Series Analysis (or) ECON 6306 Applied Econometrics
- BUAN 6320 Database Foundations (or) MIS 6326 Data Management
- BUAN 6324 Business Intelligence Software and Techniques
- BUAN 6337 Marketing Predictive Analytics using SAS
- BUAN 6390 Analytics Practicum
- BUAN 6398 Prescriptive Analytics
- OPRE 6301 Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business
and one of the following Track-Specific courses
- FIN 6301 Financial Management
- HMGT 6320 The American Healthcare System
- MIS 6308 Systems Analysis and Project Management
- MKT 6301 Marketing Management
- OPRE 6302 Operations Management
Business Analytics Tracks
Healthcare Analytics (12 semester credit hours)
IT For Analytics (12 semester credit hours)
- BUAN 6335 Organizing for Business Analytics: A Systems Approach
- BUAN 6345 High Performance Analytics
- BUAN 6346 Big Data Analytics
- MIS 6309 Business Data Warehousing
- MIS 6334 Advanced Business Intelligence (with SAS)
- MIS 6344 Web Analytics
- MIS 6373 Social Media and Business
- MIS 6380 Data Visualization
Decisions and Operations Analytics (12 semester credit hours)
Other Analytics-related courses can be approved on a case-by-case basis.
For a semester-wise breakdown of courses offered, please click on Courses by Semester
MS in Business Analytics Student Profile (as of September 2015)
|Class Statistics||Percentage or Number|
|Students in Program||181|
|Gender||Female: 39%; Male: 61%|
|Avg. GMAT (Enrolled Students)||610|
|Country of Origin||India (52%), US (22%), China (16%), Other (10%)|
The Business Analytics program’s is working with local companies to develop internship programs for students, many of which can then convert into full-time jobs. The Information Systems area and the Career Management Center in the Naveen Jindal School of Management guide our efforts in this regard.
The Business Analytics program will complete its first year in Summer 2015 and there is growing interest amongst employers interested in hiring our upcoming graduates. In the Information Systems area, companies that have recruited our students with specialization in the BI tracks include:
- ZK Technology
- Utegration, Inc
- State Farm Bank
- South West Airlines
- Searchforce Inc.
- SAP Labs, LLC
- Real Page,Inc
- RayVEN IT Solutions
- Rack Space
- Ocwen Financial Corporation
- Monsanto Company
- MedeAnalytics Inc
- Med-Care Diabetic and Medical Supplies Inc
- Lennox International
- Jascos Inc
- Fannie Mae
- Electronic Arts
- Dunn Solutions Group
- Capital One
- Advence Med
Positions for which our students were hired included
- Data Scientist
- Business Intelligence Analyst
- Data Engineer
- Big Data Engineer
- Credit Card Risk Analyst
- Market Research Analyst
- BI Consultant
- Senior Data Analyst
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 29 months under the Optional Practical Training program. Please contact the Office of International Student Services for details about these programs.
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We encourage all of our students to make internships a part of their educational experience. We like to engage our industry partners each semester by sending them an electronic resume book of our MS-BA students seeking an internship. The submission deadlines for resumes are the last day of September, February, and June for each respective semester. Submit your resume using the links below:
Hometown: Delhi, India
Expected Graduation: May 2016
With 3.5 years of experience in IT and Marketing and with an MBA in Marketing I wanted to broaden my horizon by learning about marketing analytics and to work in the U.S , therefore I pursued Master’s degree in Business Analytics (BA) specializing in marketing analytics. BA program at UT Dallas provides flexibility to choose from different functional tracks, which keep students abreast with industry trends and in addition, provides opportunity to do concurrent analytics projects with big companies. For example ConAgra Foods marketing analytics competition was a curriculum project for my team.It helped us to showcase our analytics skill and solve a real time problem of the company. Also, BA brown bag sessions in liaison with career management center has helped me develop professional and networking skills required to get internship and job with Dell. As a peer and a friend I am happy to guide current and prospective students on any questions concerning university, program, internship and jobs.
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Expected Graduation: Spring 2016
Hi, I am Devendra Punjabi from Mumbai, India. I am a fall 2014 MS Business Analytics student at UT Dallas following the Marketing Analytics track. After working for 2 years in the Sales and marketing domain I wanted to broaden my scope in the analytics domain which made me pursue MS degree in the United States. My passion is analyzing, understanding, and interpreting data to tell compelling stories that will drive strategy and influence decision-making. MS Business Analytics major is a perfect blend offering core analytic courses, a business core and also it has many tracks where you can specialize in. The professors here provide a great mix of academic and professional excellence and are easily accessible. This program also gave me an opportunity to interact with people from varied cultures which developed my cross cultural skills and it has been a fascinating journey so far. I would be glad to answer any queries you may have about the university or the major.
Hometown: Bengaluru, India
Track: IT & Decisions And Operations
Expected Graduation: December 2016
After completing my engineering in computer science, I worked as a techie in Tata Elxsi. After three years of coding, mentoring, designing and customer interactions, I chose to pursue my graduate studies at UTD. I enjoy working with peers and faculty at UTD. The subject matter challenges you at a conceptual level and the students are encouraged to work with a hands-on approach to emerge as a better professional. The graduate coursework is very industry-centric. In fact, considering the curriculum, reputation and also the opportunities for extracurricular development available at UTD, there is absolutely no doubt that the Business Analytics course at UTD is a perfect fit for students seeking a career in analytics. I will be glad to respond to your queries about the program, the learning experience and questions related to living in Dallas.
Expected Graduation: Fall 2016
I started at The University of Texas at Dallas in Spring 2015 and I am also a graduate member of the Jindal School Of Management Dean’s Council. I am passionate about using technology as a medium to drive real world business solutions. With a Bachelor’s degree in Computer science and prior working experience in Telecommunications and Consumer goods industry, I strongly recommend this program to individuals who have a blend of technical skills, commercial acumen and have a flair for data. The Business Analytics program provides the opportunity to achieve this unique blend
This program prepares graduates to apply themselves in various industries with industry specific tracks. The Business Analytics program at UT Dallas has exposed me to tools and techniques used by experts in the analytics field, first-hand interaction with top companies as well as the wealth of opportunity available after graduation. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have concerning the IT track or program in general.
Vishal Sethia – India
Hometown: Rajasthan, India
Track: I.T. & Healthcare
Expected Graduation: May 2016
I have an engineering background (B.Tech(Honors), I.T.) and a 2.5 years of work experience in software industry and I chose Business Analytics (I.T. & Healthcare Track – Fall 2014) at University of Texas at Dallas because it offers the unique combination of Statistics and Information technology in one program with well-defined different tracks. This master’s degree has given me insight into these two extremely influential parts of modern-day society and the ways in which they complement each other, specifically in a business environment. I love being a student in BA for two main reasons. Firstly because it gives opportunity to work on real world projects with different companies in many of the courses and secondly it has given me a new direction in my life.
I would be happy to share my experience and help you with any of your queries regarding the course.
Hometown: Pune, India
Expected Graduation: August 2016
I started my Masters in Business Analytics in Spring 2015. My undergraduate degree was BE in Information Technology. After finishing my undergraduate studies, I wanted a new challenge and a Masters degree made perfect sense. I chose Business Analytics because it trains us, the students, in a way such that we are ready to face the challenges we would encounter in the corporate world. The courses are a combination of business and technological courses, which is a plus. I chose the financial analytics track as I have always had an interest in the field of finance and this track would enable me to have a career in the field of financial analytics. I have got hands-on experience with the latest and the best analytics tools used in the industry throughout this program. I would certainly recommend this program to students looking for a career in the field of analytics. I would be glad answer any queries related to the finance track or in general about student life at UT Dallas.