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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 or follow a flexible schedule that combines your studies with industry work experience.

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. 


Flexible Schedule:

9 Months, 4 Quarters, or Part-time

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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


Three Career Tracks  through Elective Courses

Degree Program Roadmaps

We offer degree program roadmaps / worksheets to outline courses required in each quarter and elective course offerings in each academic area. Please download your fillable roadmap (PDF) for program completion.

Application Deadlines

Priority Round:
December 15

Round 2:
January 31

Round 3:
March 31

International Late Round:
June 1

Domestic Late Round:
August 1

Florian Sterr
Our world and the business opportunities within it are becoming more and more data oriented. The MSBA program will enhance your abilities with a statistic-based core and a business-based core, ensuring you are well versed in both areas. The opportunity to specialize in either marketing, finance, or supply chain management in combination with the outstanding staff and support at AGSM makes the MSBA at UC Riverside a valuable next step in your career.
Florian Sterr, MSBA ’22