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.
GMAT/GRE is Optional
As COVID-19 has caused disruption to the global standardized testing infrastructure, and in an effort to support our prospective students, the University of California, A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management will not require the GMAT or GRE exam for applicants for Fall 2022.
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:
Statistics and Probability
Coursera: Python for Everybody
Coursera: Python for Everybody Specialization (5 Courses: Beginner; requires Coursera license)
Python Cognitive Class
9 Months, 15 Months, or at a flexible pace
8 Required Courses
3 Electives Courses
2 Capstone Courses
Three Career Paths through Elective Courses
Explore this new and growing specialization within business analytics by focusing on investments and portfolio management, and derivatives.
Use data on demographics, consumer behavior, markets, and social media to leverage information for more powerful marketing strategy. Marketing analytics careers can be found in consulting as well as large companies with a national or international footprint.
Supply chain and logistics management requires informed decision-making based on hard numbers that pinpoint bottlenecks and optimize growth. Operations analytics training prepares you to extract insights in manufacturing, distribution, and app-based services.