Master of Science in Business Analytics

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS BA) degree requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours, consisting of a set of core courses, and a set of analytics electives organized into different tracks. The core courses provide a broad and strong foundation in the business analytics area. The core covers statistics and econometrics, predictive modeling, decision and optimization (prescriptive) modeling, and data management. The analytics electives provide students with an opportunity to obtain in-depth analytics knowledge in a specific domain/industry. The specialization tracks that a student can choose from include Marketing Analytics, Decision and Operations Analytics, Financial Analytics, Healthcare Analytics, and IT for Analytics. Students can contact the advising office for the recommended courses for these tracks.

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in both core courses and in aggregate courses to qualify for the MS degree.

For information about this program, please contact Dr. Ravi Narayan

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.

Ravishankar Narayan, PhD
Director, MS Business Analytics Program

(972) 883-5999
Office – JSOM 3.709

Core Courses: 24 semester credit hours from the following

  • MECO 6312 Applied Econometrics and Time Series Analysis (or) ECON 6306 Applied Econometrics
  • OPRE 6301 Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business
  • OPRE 6398 Prescriptive Analytics
  • MIS 6320 Database Foundations
  • MIS 6324 Business Intelligence Software and Techniques
  • MIS 6390 Analytics Practicum
  • MKT 6337 Predictive Marketing Analytics

and one of the following Track-Specific courses

Analytics Electives: 12 semester credit hours

Healthcare Analytics Track

Financial Analytics Track

IT For Analytics Track

Marketing Analytics track

Decisions and Operations Analytics Track

Other Analytics-related courses can be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Download the MS in Business Analytics – Degree Plan

Texas residency is not based on citizenship. It is based on when you moved to the state and how long you have continuously resided here. Please visit Residency for detailed information.

Tuition at UT Dallas is on a sliding scale. The more semester credit hours you take a semester, the cheaper the semester credit hours are, and the sooner you finish the degree, therefore, the lower the total cost of the degree. Students taking online courses will pay $80 per semester credit hour distance learning fee in addition to regular semester credit hour fees.

UT Dallas also offers a guaranteed tuition plan, so whatever the semester credit hour rate is when you come into your program that will not change during your program. Payment plans for tuition and short-term loans are available. Please visit UT Dallas Bursar’s Office for more information.

Estimated Tuition and Program Duration
(Texas Residents)

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Tuition Per Semester (Estimated)

Program Total Tuition

Program Length
(Including Summer)

2 Years
1.5 Years
1 Year

Estimated Tuition and Program Duration

Credit-Hours Per Semester

Tuition Per Semester (Estimated)

Program Total Tuition

Program Length
(Including Summer)

1.5 Years
1 Year


We offer the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship program for new and returning students.This is our primary means of supporting our graduate students financially. This is a competitive scholarship program and the main criterion for new students joining the program is based on high GMAT or GRE score and GPA.

The scholarship provides you with $1,000 (one-time for the year) and in-state-tuition for the entire year. This means that international students will pay the same tuition as our Texas resident/US citizens. So, we encourage you to apply for the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship.

In addition to scholarships, US citizens may apply for financial aid through the UT Dallas Financial Aid Office.

Admissions and Transfers

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  • Is this a STEM degree program?
  • Yes
  • What are your admission requirements?
  • At a minimum, you should meet admission requirements
  • What is an acceptable GMAT score?
  • 600 is considered a competitive GMAT score for admission. Our school codes for GMAT are ZTZ-PQ-09 or ZTZ-PQ-39.
  • What is an acceptable GRE score?
  • 320 is considered a competitive GRE score for admission. Our school code for GRE is R6897.
  • What is the typical profile of students admitted into the program?
  • We have 30+ students admitted into the program in Fall 2014. Students have a GMAT score of 600 and 2+ years of work experience. There is a diverse body of students in the program, with a fairly even mix of domestic and international students. Many of our students have a graduate degree as well. A few of our students are also pursuing a dual degree program.
  • I would like to transfer from a graduate program at another US university. What is the procedure?
  • Please note that you should have at least a 3.3 GPA in your current program. Contact Admissions for more details on the procedure.
  • I would like transfer from another graduate program at UT Dallas. What is the procedure?
  • Please note that you should have at least a 3.3 GPA in your current program. If you have a scholarship/assistantship in your current program, please obtain approval from your program director or area coordinator prior and then contact Admissions for more details on the procedure.
  • I would like to complete a dual degree program at UT Dallas. What is the procedure?
  • If you have completed at least one semester at JSOM with a minimum of 3.3 GPA in your current program, you can apply to be admitted as a dual-degree candidate. If your current degree program is not at JSOM but have completed at least one semester with a minimum 3.3 GPA at a different graduate program at UT Dallas, you will need to meet JSOM MS degree program requirements to be admitted to the dual degree program.
  • How can I get a scholarship/assistantship?
  • If you have a high GMAT/GRE score and GPA, please consider applying for the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship program. This is an extremely competitive program that is open for both international and domestic students. International students who obtain this scholarship will pay the same tuition as Texas Residents/US Citizens. A few graduate assistantships are also awarded at the discretion of the MIS area.
  • How can I determine the tuition I will pay for the program?
  • Please refer to the MS in Business Analytics main page. Additionally, please refer to the University Bursar.

Courses and Pre-requisites

  • What are the courses a student will generally undertake in the program?
    • You are expected to complete two courses each on program core areas: data management, quantitative methods and analytics. These courses do not have any additional pre-requisites.
    • You are then expected to choose a specialization in an analytics domain/industry and undertake one course as an elective that typically helps you meet pre-requisite requirements for the domain/industry of your choice.
    • You will then complete four additional courses in the area of specialization/track: Finance, Marketing, IT for Analytics, Decisions and Operations, Healthcare Management
    • You will also complete a semester-long internship as part of the program. Alternatively, you can complete a semester-long practicum course that involves working on a real-world problem under the program director’s guidance.
  • Do I have to choose a track?
  • It is strongly recommended that every student choose a track for specialization. However, it is not mandatory.
  • Are there any pre-requisites for the various tracks?
    • All tracks require OPRE 6301 to be completed
    • For the Financial Analytics track, you will also need to complete one of ACCT 6201, ACCT 6202, ACCT 6305
    • For the Marketing track, you will also need to complete one of MKT 6301, MKT 6321
    • For the IT for Analytics track, you will also need to complete MIS 6324
    • There are no additional pre-requisites for the remaining tracks
  • Do I have to complete an internship to graduate from the program?
  • It is mandatory to complete an internship or a practicum course under the guidance of the program director.

MS in Business Analytics Student Profile for Fall 2014

Class Statistics

Percentage or Number

Students in Program 31
Gender Female: 39%; Male: 61%
Average Age 29
Avg. GMAT (Enrolled Students) 601
Country of Origin India (42%), US (36%), China(13%), Taiwan (6%), Nigeria (3%)