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MS in Business Analytics Degree Options

The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS BUAN) program is a 36 semester-credit-hour STEM-designated (science, technology, engineering and math) degree program at the Naveen Jindal School of Management. This highly ranked program provides students with the practical and theoretical knowledge needed to pursue careers involving a wide variety of data science, data engineering and data analytics roles within a number of business domains. The MS BUAN students learn marketable skills that today’s employers are seeking.

The degree program consists of a set of core courses and a set of electives organized into tracks. In addition to teaching the core analytics concepts covering descriptive, prescriptive and predictive analytics, courses cover tools like SAS, R, Python, Hadoop, Stata and Tableau. The school offers three degree options for students:

Employers need skilled individuals who can translate big data into recommendations for profitable actions. A study conducted by Gallup reports that by 2021, 69% of employers expect job candidates to have data science and analytics skills, but that colleges report that there are far fewer graduates having these skills. Another study by McKinsey Global Institute predicted a workforce gap of 1.5 million managers and analysts with the skills to decipher and translate data patterns for decision-making. These shortages mean more and more opportunities for graduates who are capable of managing and analyzing data and dealing with its volume, velocity, variety, veracity and value.

Placement Rates

  • 92% of all our graduates (domestic and international) placed within 90 days of graduation in 2019.
  • The average compensation package was in excess of $100,000 USD.

MS in Business Analytics Flex

The flex program allows students the flexibility to complete the program at their own pace. It also allows students the flexibility to choose courses and gain knowledge to pursue opportunities in several specializations in business analytics. What sets the Jindal School’s MS in Business Analytics Flex program apart is the flexibility to select elective courses from the following tracks:

  • Accounting Analytics
  • Cybersecurity Analytics
  • Data Engineering
  • Data Science
  • Decisions and Operations Analytics
  • Financial Analytics
  • Healthcare Analytics
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Social Media Analytics

The flex program allows students the flexibility to complete the program at their own pace and tailor their degree in preparation for specific career goals. The core courses are designed to provide a foundation of tools and techniques to be used in the analytics domain, while electives allow for the business application of the core techniques in accounting, cybersecurity, finance, healthcare, information technology, marketing, social media and operations.

The purpose of the program is to equip students with the technical tools and professional communication skills needed to practice in business analytics. Multiple elective tracks are offered in the flex program. Students who wish to create their own mix of electives by choosing courses from the nine tracks offered in the flex program are encouraged to apply to the flex program.

MS in Business Analytics Flex

MS in Business Analytics Cohort

The MS in Business Analytics Cohort program engages students focused on data science or accounting analytics.

The Data Science Track in the cohort program is designed to prepare students for what Glassdoor in 2019, for the fourth year in a row, called the No. 1 best job in America.

The Accounting Analytics Track in the cohort program is designed for students from various educational backgrounds, primarily accounting. Students in the Accounting Analytics Cohort have the option of completing an additional degree – the MS in Accounting. A limited set of electives focused on the student’s selected track are offered in the cohort programs

The Accounting Analytics Track is offered in a face-to-face cohort program on campus, while the Data Science Track may be completed in either a face-to-face cohort program on campus or in an online cohort program. Special tuition, fees and admissions requirements apply, and the program is supported entirely by participant tuition/fees. Admission to the program occurs in fall, spring and summer semesters.

These cohort options are uniquely positioned to address the skill demands of industry for these highly sought-after data science and analytical accounting jobs.

MS in Business Analytics Cohort

MS in Business Analytics Cohort Online

The MS in Business Analytics Cohort Online program engages students anywhere focusing on data science. In this program, the Data Science Track is offered in an online format. The data science emphasis in the cohort online program is designed to prepare students for what Glassdoor in 2019, for the fourth year in a row, called the No. 1 best job in America. This format focuses on data science and is ideal for working adults, those looking for a career pivot into the expanding business analytics job market, or for those whose personal situations make coming to our campus in the heart of the DFW Metroplex challenging. Electives focused on data science and data engineering are offered in the cohort program. This program delivers our highly ranked, proven MS in Business Analytics program in a 100% online format. Our rigorous data science curriculum and world-class faculty prepare students to master essential skills in data science to meet the growing needs of businesses for this expertise.

Data Science Online

Double Degree Programs

Some students prepare for their career goals by completing both the MS in Business Analytics and another graduate degree, such as our highly ranked MBA program or another MS program, such as MS in Accounting, MS in Supply Chain Management or MS in Healthcare Leadership and Management.

Career Options

Graduates of the program seek positions such as a:

  • data scientist
  • data engineer
  • data analyst
  • business intelligence analyst
  • business intelligence engineer
  • business intelligence consultant
  • big data engineer
  • risk analyst
  • fraud analyst
  • pricing analyst
  • strategic business analyst, and
  • marketing analyst.

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