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Master of Science in Business Analytics

For Working Professionals

  • Why A Master's in Business Analytics?

    Current technologies are generating a massive amount of data from business transactions and user-generated data, making data analytics a popular field. Here, you'll learn to use skills like statistical analysis and data mining to address business management issues across industries.
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    Cutting-edge analytics including business intelligence, predictive and prescriptive analytics with a focus on leveraging data on quantifying tradeoffs in business decisions.

    The program offers a blended learning format, with a mix of self-paced online and synchronous (live online) weekly meetings. The program includes 5 required on-campus immersives at The McCombs School of Business in Austin, Texas.


Program At A Glance

The Master of Science in Business Analytics for Working Professionals is a 23-month program designed to allow you to study while you work.

Key Program Components

This part-time, online program has three components:

  • Asynchronous online learning (self-paced, online)
  • Synchronous weekly meetings with peers and faculty (live online)
    • Synchronous meetings take place on Tuesdays from 7-9pm CST
  • 5 required in-person immersives (in-person)


Curriculum Pathways

You can customize your curriculum with pathway options, including tracks in:

  • Supply Chain
  • Marketing Analytics


Learn more about the curriculum

Course Schedule

Summer #1 - 6 credits  

  • Core: Data Science Programming (3)  
  • Core: Information Management (3)  


Fall #1 - 6 credits  

  • Core: Introduction to Machine Learning (3)  
  • Core: Financial Management (3)  


Spring #1 - 5 credits  

  • Core: Advanced Machine Learning (3)  
  • Core: Analytics for Unstructured Data (2)  


Summer #2 - 6 credits  

  • Core: Optimization-I (2)  
  • Core: Unsupervised Learning  (2)  
  • Elective (2)  


Fall #2 - 7 credits  

  • Core: Optimization-II (2)  
  • Core: Capstone Preparation (1)  
  • Elective (2)  
  • Elective (2)  


Spring #2 - 6 credits  

  • Core: Capstone Project (2)  
  • Elective (2)  
  • Elective (2)


Learning Formats

This course is a blend of self-paced online learning and live online classes.

  • All courses will be held online
  • Can be attended from anywhere in the Americas
  • The 5 on-campus "immersives" will be held at The McCombs School of Business in Austin, Texas


Important Dates

Program Start Date: June 2024

Graduation Date: May 2026

Application Is Open!

Application Deadlines

  • Round 1 Deadline: October 11, 2023
  • Round 2 Deadline: January 10, 2024
  • Round 3 Deadline: March 6, 2024
  • Round 4 Deadline: April 10, 2024


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Orientation and First Class Day

  • MSBA-WP Orientation

    Cohort II Immersive 1: Orientation

    May 30 - June 1, 2024
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    Cohort II First Class Day

    June 11, 2024

Who Attends This Program?

  • Career Stage

    Career shifters, career strengtheners, or career jump-starters.
  • Work Experience

    On average, participants in this program possess 2-6 years of work experience but work experience is not required.
  • Background

    Come from engineering, the sciences or other strongly-analytical roles and backgrounds.

Pivot with Confidence

  • Create Value for Your Organization

  • Impact Decision Making and Make Better Decisions

  • Leverage Data to Quantify Business Tradeoffs

  • Gain Career Relevancy for the Long Term

  • Apply Analytics Across Different Business Areas

  • Evaluate Tradeoffs of Emerging Business Models

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Upcoming Events

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    Meet with a staff or faculty member for an informal chat about the online MSBA program.
  • Attend a Virtual Info Session

    Explore the MSBA for Working Professionals program at a virtual info session.

Get Answers to your Questions

Browse some of the most-asked questions below, or download the PDF to view a full list of FAQs about the program.

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Interested in the Full-Time Program?

We also off a full-time, in-person MSBA program that can be completed in 10 months. If you're interested in learning more about that program, click below.


Is tuition different in-state versus out-of-state?

Yes. In-state tuition is $48,000 and out-of-state tuition is $53,000.

What tests are required for the application?

Beginning with the 2023-24 admissions cycle, we are pleased to announce that GMAT and GRE test scores are now optional for the Texas McCombs Master of Science Programs! Applicants will not be disadvantaged in the admissions profess if they do not submit test scores, and applicants who feel that their test scores reflect their potential for success in graduate school may submit scores for consideration.

If you opt to submit GMAT, GMAT Focus or GRE scores, you will need to provide your test scores in order to submit your application. While the official score report may reach the Graduate School after we have received your application, you will not be able to submit unless you have entered your scores and at least uploaded an unofficial score report. Read more about tests now being optional on our blog.

Do you factor work experience into admissions decisions, or do you only look at GPA?

A student needs to have at least a 3.0 upper division GPA to be accepted without conditions. We holistically review applications, so both factors are considered.


How does this program differ from the post-graduate program in data science and analytics?

The career management piece is a critical aspect of all MS Programs that sets them apart. One advantage to the MSBA-WP programs is the access to one-on-one coaching you’ll have for the duration of the program. 

The Capstone Project is another component that sets this program (and all MS Programs) apart. Capstone offers you the opportunity to work with a real-life company to help them resolve a problem. This both adds to your resume and helps you build your network. 

Access to people who can help broaden your network – both through Capstone and the Advisory Council – is another way this program is different.


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What are some of the prerequisites for this program?

Strong Quantitative Skills 

Quantitative skills take you a long way when learning new aspects of machine learning, optimization, and when using statistics and understanding data. The program requires some prior background in calculus and statistics, and some quant is needed within the first class.

Programming Experience 

Attendees should have higher levels of programming experience related to object-oriented programming and data structures. You'll need to know beyond the syntax, and understand how to resolve problems using coding and programming. Generally, prior Python, Java, or C++ experience is sufficient, but R or SQL experience does not provide the object-oriented and data structure experience needed. Please attend an event or speak to an Admissions Officer for more detail.

Strong Communication Skills 

You'll need to know more than data; it’s important to know how to interpret data and communicate the results beyond just technical skills. 



What are the dates and times of the synchronous online sessions?

Synchronous online sessions are two hours long, and will take place on Tuesdays from 7-9pm CST.

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Jade DeKinder, Associate Dean for MS programs and Clinical Assistant Professor of Marketing, and Genaro Gutierrez, Director for the MS in Business Analytics program and Associate Professor of IROM, discuss the new Master of Science in Business Analytics for Working Professionals program.



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