Academic Program – M.S. in Business Analytics (MSBA)
The MS in Business Analytics (MSBA) program offers students practical data analysis experience by applying knowledge acquired in classrooms to real-world business problems. This program exposes participants to hands-on data analysis experience using state-of-the-art enterprise level analytics software from SAS and Tableau as well as open source software such as R and Python, which provide great advantages in the competitive job market. In addition to the MSBA degree, students in this program may also receive all of the following three certificates (depending on elective courses taken, credentials achieved, etc.):
- SAS® and OSU Data Mining Certificate (core level)
- SAS® and OSU Predictive Analytics Certificate (advanced level)
- SAS® and OSU Marketing Data Science Certificate (expert level)
The MS in Business Analytics candidates may be required to complete knowledge prerequisites to strengthen their analytics skills. Knowledge prerequisites include programming skills (in either C, C#, C++, Java, SQL, Python), basic statistics and probability concepts and basic business knowledge. These prerequisites may be satisfied by prior coursework, industry experience, or a combination of courses and experience. The program director must approve any previous courses, experience, or combination. Students lacking prerequisites may be asked to complete additional courses beyond the minimum basic requirements of credit hours (at least 37 credit hours for on-campus delivery; or 33 credit hours for electronic delivery to working professionals).
Click here for a detailed plan of study for full-time students. We suspect many students will take up to 40 credit hours to take advantage of the rich set of elective courses available in this program. These electives offer students an opportunity to specialize in different topic areas such as statistics, information science, finance, operations research and so on.