A. Gary Anderson
Graduate School of Management

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Master of Science in Business Analytics

Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)

Build a career in the growing and important field of business analytics. As firms have access to increasingly large amounts of data about their customers, costs, and suppliers, highly trained analysts who examine this information have become essential for improving operations, increasing the yield on marketing programs, and optimizing pricing and financing. UCR’s graduate degree in business analytics will extend your background in business or a quantitative discipline to bring your business acumen and statistical computing skills to a level that allows you to make the most of this vast business data.

The UCR graduate program in Business Analytics is a rigorous STEM program jointly offered by the School of Business and the Department of Statistics in the College of Agricultural and Natural Sciences. The curriculum focuses on:

  • Statistical computing to describe marketing, logistics, and financing patterns
  • Testing models for improved operating efficiency, lowering costs, and targeting the needs of customers
  • Forecasting revenues and consumer demand
  • Identifying trends in financial markets and using financial data to hedge operations

All students in the program take highly quantitative courses in data analysis and statistical computing, as well as a two-quarter, experiential learning capstone class that applies your understanding of business analytics to a project.

Gain your degree in nine months of intensive study, extend to 15 months, or follow a flexible schedule that combines your studies with industry work experience.

The MSBA is a STEM-designated degree program (science, technology, engineering and math). International students in a STEM-designated program are able to apply for 36 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) to work in the United States in their field of study after graduation.

Prepare for Success in Your Program

The MSBA curriculum consists of challenging coursework that necessitates foundational knowledge of statistics and statistical programming. It is strongly recommended that prospective students explore and familiarize themselves with the following resources prior to beginning the program in order to ensure successful completion. Any evidence of this training submitted to a candidate’s application will be favorably considered. Click tiles to view links:

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Flexible Schedule:

9 Months, 15 Months, or at a flexible pace

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48 Units
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8 Required Courses
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3 Electives Courses


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2 Capstone Courses
Application Deadlines

Priority Round:
December 15

Round 2:
January 31

Round 3:
March 31

International Late Round:
June 1

Domestic Late Round:
August 1

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Florian Sterr
The MSBA program provided me with a strong knowledge and skill base in both statistics and business. These foundational courses combined with the opportunity to specialize in different functional areas–marketing, finance, or operations–made me extremely marketable when searching for a business analyst job.
Florian Sterr, MSBA ’22
AX Business Analyst, HME
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The MSBA program is very comprehensive in terms of the statistical training you receive. It not only prepares you with the skills to be a business analyst, it also provides a foundation in data science. In addition, UCR provides workshops to enhance your analytical skills and learn R, Tableau, Python, SQL, and any programming language you can imagine.
Yincheng Zhao, MSBA ’22
Data Scientist, Vibrant America Clinical Laboratory
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I love mathematics, but I’m also a creative person – choosing the MS in Business Analytics at UCR gave me the skills I needed to pursue a career in marketing analytics through the MSBA marketing career pathway.
Yukta Amin, MSBA ’23
Marketing Intern, Praveg Communications Limited

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