MS, Business Analytics
UMass Boston’s MS in Business Analytics (MSBA) is a 10 course, 30 credit degree program. To receive the MSBA, students must complete a minimum of 10 courses: Analytical Core, MSBA Electives, and the MSBA Capstone. One (1) prerequisite course must be satisfied or waived through prior relevant coursework, based on a review of transcripts.*
The MSBA program is designed to prepare students for utilizing analytical techniques, methods, and applications for data-driven practices in diverse organizations and enterprises of all sizes.
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As businesses become more and more reliant on data-driven strategies, the needs and opportunities for graduates in Business Analytics have grown rapidly. Breakthroughs in data collection, storage, and analysis to uncover and capture business value have fueled this growth, and post-recession companies have recognized this potential and increasingly emphasize data-driven decision-making in their business strategies. The current annual rate of job growth in this area is approximately 11.8%, a rate that is only expected to accelerate in the future.
This program covers theories of powerful techniques and quantitative methods in Business Analytics and how they are applied in the real world. The program focuses on using current software tools to study effective techniques of problem formulation, developing solutions with mathematical and algorithmic techniques, and methods for implementing those solutions with technology.
The MSBA program offers students a choice of two specializations, Big Data Analytics and Supply Chain Analytics. Each includes a core of analytical courses, elective courses in that specialization, and a capstone course.
Big Data Analytics
The Big Data Analytics specialization focuses on data mining and analytical techniques, big data management, storage, and modeling. The objectives consist of enabling students to process big data in an effective and efficient way, discover knowledge patterns in big data, build predictive models, and use big data to answer business questions.
Supply Chain Analytics
The Supply Chain Analytics specialization focuses on data analytics and decision-making in the context of a major functional area in businesses—supply chains. The specialization offers courses on analytics in service operation. The objective is to use data and data modeling to optimize activities within the supply chain and consequently maximize the organization’s competitive advantage.
The MSBA program consists of 10 courses, 30 credits and the program can be completed either full-time or part-time. Scheduling is highly flexible, with most classes meeting once per week that are primarily in the evening, late afternoon, or online.
*Prerequisite Requirement: Students will need to have completed a statistics course, either Statistics MSIS 111, or MBAMS 630 Statistical Analysis for Managers, or an equivalent course within the last five years. Otherwise, students are required to take MBAMS 630 Statistical Analysis as part of their first semester. This course would be in addition to the required 10 courses for the degree.
MS, Business Analytics (MSBA) 10 Courses; 30 Credits
The MSBA is a 10 course, 30 credit degree program. To receive the MSBA, students must complete a minimum of 10 courses: Analytical Core, MSBA Electives, and the MSBA Capstone. One (1) prerequisite course must be satisfied or waived through prior relevant coursework, based on a review of transcripts.*
Analytical Core (required) courses (4 Courses; 12 Credits): MSIS670Enterprise Business IntelligenceMSIS642Multivariate Statistics and Regression AnalysisMSIS672Enterprise Data Mining and Predictive AnalyticsMBAMS638Decision-Making Models
Required Track Electives (5 courses each Track; 15 Credits):
[Course scheduling is subject to change by semester]
Track A: Big Data Analytics
MSIS 618 Database Management Systems (Required if not taken previously)
MSIS 671 Enterprise Data Warehousing
MSIS 680 Advanced Data Mining and Predictive Modeling MSIS 656 Information Storage Management
MSIS 685 Architect, Build and Manage Big Data Applications
MSIS 615 Object Oriented Information Systems
MSIS 682 Linear Optimization
MSIS643 Decision and Risk Analysis
MSIS683 Business Analytics Project
Track B: Supply Chain Analytics
MSIS 635 Operations Management (Required if not taken previously)
MSIS 652 Lean & Six SigmaMSIS631 Operational Risk Management
MSIS 617 Supply Chain Management
MSIS 680 Advanced Data Mining and Predictive Modeling
MSIS 682 Linear Optimization
MSIS 643 Decision and Risk Analysis
MSIS 683 Business Analytics Project
MSBA Capstone (1 Course; 3 Credits):
MSIS 630 Project and Change Management
Note: Students may also choose MSIS 690/699 Master's Thesis Option, MSIS 697 Special Topics and MBAMGT 698 Practicum (Internship class, students must have relevant internship).
View the GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy for admission criteria.
*MSBA Pre/Corequisite course
MBAMS 630 Statistical Analysis for Managers
*Eligible Course Waivers
Students that complete equivalent coursework may be eligible to waive some of these courses.
A minimum of 30 credits (10 courses) total are required to meet University degree completion criteria. Waiving multiple courses may require completion of additional elective courses to meet the 30 credit minimum requirement.