The MS in Business Analytics program is a 30-credit hour program designed to be completed in 12 months. The curriculum is structured around a common set of core courses focused on the fundamental business analytics skills (e.g., descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics) and a set of elective courses to designed to deepen these their business analytics skills within a specific business domain. 


To be eligible for the M.S. in Business Analytics, applicants must have completed all coursework and requirements to receive their undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s) prior to the start date of the program.

Admission to this program is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • A bachelor degree from an accredited university or an approved institution
  • Undergraduate GPA – Target 3.0
  • One official copy of transcripts of all colleges and universities attended in the United States and abroad
  • Statement of purpose (statement of how and why they would benefit from the program)
  • Current resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • English proficiency standards as required of all Mason graduate students
    • Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States, Canada (excluding province of Quebec), United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand are considered to have met that standard.
    • All other applicants are required to take an English proficiency examination and meet minimum scores set by Mason in order to be considered for admission. The TOEFL or IELTS exams can be used to meet this requirement.
  • The minimum scores are: TOEFL: IBT (minimum score: 93 total with 20 points minimum in each section). IELTS – Academic: 7.0 total band score.

Applications will be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions at Mason. Applications will be reviewed by the School of Business admissions team using pre-approved admissions criteria to either accept or deny the applicant. Applicants will be accepted based on an acceptable combination of cumulative grade point average from their undergraduate institution and personal materials (e.g, personal statement, resume). In the case of ambiguity, a second-level committee comprised of School of Business faculty members will provide a recommendation to the admissions team.


For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: BU-MS-BUSA

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

Required Courses

Bootcamp (Program Orientation)
MSBA 601Statistics and Software for Business Analytics Bootcamp0
Core Courses
MSBA 610Essentials for Business Analytics: From Data Ethics to Data Driven Decision-making3
MSBA 615 Databases and Database Management for Business Analytics3
MSBA 625Exploratory Data Analysis and Visualization3
MSBA 738 Data Mining for Business Analytics3
MSBA 757Prescriptive Analytics3
MSBA 618 Programming for Business Analytics3
MSBA 795Business Analytics Applied Capstone3
Total Credits21


Select 9 credits from the following:9
Advanced Accounting Analytics
Audit Analytics
Tax Analytics
Marketing Analytics
Marketing Analytics
Marketing Research
Marketing Research
Advanced Data Mining for Business Analytics
Advanced Data Mining for Business Analytics
People Analytics
People Analytics
Customer Analytics
Operations and Supply Chain Analytics
Business Forecasting
Pricing Analytics
Retailing Analytics
Practicum in Business Analytics
Special Topics in Business Analytics
Other courses in analytics offered outside of the School of Business may be taken with approval.
Total Credits9