A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a terminal degree designed to give students the full breadth of knowledge and skills needed to succeed in business. While traditional MBA programs require two years of full-time study, a variety of part-time, accelerated, and online options make it increasingly possible to pursue the credential in your own time and at your own pace.
Many MBA programs include tracks, specialties, or concentrations that allow students to focus study on areas of particular interest. This is where data science—most often in the form of business analytics—comes in.
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Why an MBA?
It’s clear why MBA programs are scrambling to beef up the analytics components of their curricula. Data-savvy business leaders have an edge these days, and b-schools want their graduates to stand out in the 21st-century marketplace.
Why, though, would you, a could-be data scientist, opt for the MBA route?
Because, in short, you want to understand not only cutting-edge analytical methods but also the modern business environment in which to fruitfully deploy them.
Here’s how Florian Zettelmeyer, director of the Program on Data Analytics at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, explains the need for business leaders well-versed in the tools of data science (see “Big Data Study: Is It Really a Business School Essential?” for context):
“Business problems are owned not by the data scientists, they’re owned by the businesspeople. At the end of the day, a lot of the decisions on analytics need to be made by managers. They don’t get made and shouldn’t be made by data scientists.”
An MBA program with a data science track or concentration, then, positions you to transform data into better business decisions. Armed with the potent combination of foundational business knowledge, analytical expertise, and big-picture perspective such programs offer, you’ll be able to both identify areas of business where analytics can add value and communicate effectively with the data scientists who will crunch the numbers.
As the Kellogg School’s director further notes, devising or even applying a new method of analysis is unlikely to make an impact by itself. Someone in power has to have the courage and confidence to actually alter business practices in light of the insights gleaned from the data.
An MBA with a data science specialization prepares you for careers in brand management, strategic planning, risk management, public finance, and management consulting.
Courses that count toward a concentration are typically taken in the later part of an MBA program, after you have completed the core curriculum. For a specialization in business analytics, electives may include
- Business Forecasting and Econometrics
- Marketing Analytics and Decision Making
- Data Mining for Business Analytics
- Introduction to Stochastic Processes
- Research for Consumer Insights
- Retail Analytics, Pricing, and Promotion
Other Things to Think About
- Prerequisites. To qualify for admission to an MBA program, you usually need to
- Have a bachelor’s degree. Most programs do not require a specific major, though you may need to complete certain business prerequisite courses.
- Take an admissions test. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is the most commonly required exam, but some schools will allow you to substitute the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).
- Accrue work experience. MBA programs typically expect applicants to have real-world work experience. The duration and nature of this experience can even be an important factor in admissions, particularly to the top-rated programs.
- Cost. Scholarships, fellowships, company sponsorships, and federal and private loans can all help finance your continuing education, but research your funding options and career prospects in advance. Verify that the cost-benefit analysis comes out in your favor.
MBA Data Science Programs
We found 46 universities in our directory offering MBA programs with a focus on analytics.
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Auburn University's online Master of Business Administration offers a concentration in Business Analytics. The online MBA program allows students to attend class via livestreaming, or they may choose to view class content at a time that is convenient for them. New online MBA students are encouraged to attend orientation on campus before beginning the coursework, but attendance at orientation is not required. The MBA curriculum includes eight core courses and four electives that students take to fulfill the requirements for the concentration. In the capstone course, students work together to provide consultation to real businesses. Auburn's MBA program is open to students with a bachelor's degree in any discipline. The online program is open only to residents of the United States and members of the U.S. military. Auburn is a Preferred School Partner for The Boeing Company's Learning Together program.
The University of Alabama
The University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce has an MBA program that offers a concentration in Business Analytics. The concentration prepares students to earn certification in SAS data mining software. This is a two-year program that includes 12 core MBA classes and seven or eight electives in the concentration area. Students have the option of taking part in an international trip over the summer. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; accepted students have an average GPA over 3.5. Standardized test scores are required; the college prefers GMAT scores but will accept GRE scores. Three recommendations and a statement of purpose are required. The college uses a rolling admissions policy, with students entering in fall.
California State University-San Bernardino
Students earning an MBA from California State University San Bernardino can choose a focus on Business Intelligence and Information Technology. The MBA requires 60 credit units, including eight units in foundation courses, 28 units in core courses, 20 units in the focus area, and a culminating project and MBA portfolio. The focus area has four required courses and one elective. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for their last 90 quarter credits. Students with extensive work experience or high standardized test scores may be admitted with a 2.5 GPA. GRE or GMAT scores are required unless the applicant has a graduate degree with a 3.0 GPA, five years professional or managerial experience, or a 3.5 undergrad GPA.
Santa Clara University
Students in the MBA program at Santa Clara University can earn a concentration in Data Science and Business Analytics by completing at least 15 units in the subject area as part of their degree. The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University offers an evening MBA that is a two-year program for individuals with at least three years of professional experience. The curriculum requires 70 quarter units, including 40 units in core coursework. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must submit GRE or GMAT scores. Students entering the program are expected to be proficient in basic statistics, calculus, and mathematical analysis. Students can enter the program in the spring or fall.
University of California-Davis
The University of California Davis offers the Bay Area MBA program with a concentration in business analytics and technologies for students who want a part-time option for earning an MBA. Students can complete the program in two or three years depending on how many courses they take per term. Courses meet on Fridays and Saturdays in Sacramento or San Ramon. Students take core courses and select electives to form the concentration. The program is open to students with a variety of academic backgrounds. While there are no formal prerequisites, students should have taken courses in calculus, economics, accounting, and statistics before entering the program. Applicants must submit GMAT scores. Students may only begin the program in the fall.
University of Colorado Boulder
The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder offers a full-time, 12-month Master of Science in Business Analytics. The program focuses on hands-on, practical experience and has partnered with local businesses to find projects for students to work on. The curriculum requires students to complete 36 credits, including coursework in a specialized track: marketing, accounting/risk, decision science, or health and life science. All students must complete a supervised business analytics project. While the program does not have formal prerequisites, admitted students might need to take courses in statistics, math, business, or analytical tools before beginning other coursework. Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores. Formal coursework for the program begins in the summer semester.
University of Bridgeport
The University of Bridgeport has an MBA program with a concentration in business analytics. The 36-credit curriculum has three components: 18 credits in core classes, nine credits in the concentration, and nine capstone credits. For the capstone, students take an integrative course, a practicum, and an experiential course, with choices including a thesis, internship, or business planning. The program is housed in the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0. While a business degree is not required, applicants without one may have to take up to 12 credits in foundation coursework. GMAT scores are required, although students with a high GPA or extensive work experience may be exempt. Students enter in the fall or spring.
University of New Haven
The University of New Haven offers an MBA with a concentration in Business Intelligence. The concentration has four courses, two required and two selected from a short menu of approved courses. Overall, the curriculum requires students to complete six core courses, which can be waived based on a student's undergraduate studies, and six advanced courses, which cannot be waived, as well as the concentration classes. New Haven's graduate school uses a trimester calendar with three full-length terms plus a shorter summer session each year, and students can complete the MBA in 12 to 22 months of full-time study. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but the program is open to students with any undergrad major. GRE or GMAT scores are required.
University of Delaware
MBA students at the Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware can choose a major in business analytics. The curriculum for this 44-credit program includes 29 credits in required business core courses and seminars and five required courses, or 15 credits, in business analytics. Before students enroll in the business analytics major, they must demonstrate proficiency in the features and functions of Excel, either by passing a test or completing an online course. Applicants to the MBA program must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.8 or higher. No undergraduate major is specified. GMAT scores are preferred, but the college will accept GRE scores. Other required documents include two recommendations, resume, personal statement, and transcripts.
Students at the University of Delaware can earn an MBA and a Master of Science in Information Systems & Technology Management in a dual-degree program administered by the Lerner College of Business and Economics and the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems. This is a 60-credit program that requires students to complete 33 credits in MBA courses and 27 credits in information systems and technology management classes. Every credit is in a required course with no electives. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.8 or higher. The college prefers GMAT scores but will accept GRE scores. Work experience is not required but is preferred. Students may enter the MBA program in any semester.
District Of Columbia
American University offers an MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics that students can complete online. MBA candidates must take part in at least two immersion sessions during the program. Immersions last three to four days each. At least one immersion session is held in Washington, D.C., annually, with the others taking place in a variety of U.S. and international cities. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must submit two letters of recommendation. The university does not require GRE or GMAT scores, but admissions decisions take into account factors such as an applicant's GPA, relevant work experience, and any advanced degrees. The program has four start dates each year, and students must complete 48 credits to earn the degree.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Students earning an MBA from Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business can choose a track in information technology management. The full-time MBA program requires students to complete 12 courses in core curriculum and 11 courses in electives, including the IT track. Students have the option of pursuing experiential learning. The program accepts applicants with a range of academic backgrounds, and the core courses do not assume any students have taken previous business coursework. The average undergrad GPA of the last entering class was 3.4. Applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores, a personal essay, and two recommendations. Applicants may be invited to be interviewed, either in person or by phone or Skype. Students start the program in the fall.
University of Georgia
The Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia has an MBA with concentration in Business Analytics. The Terry MBA is a two-year program, with most core courses in the first year. To earn the concentration in business analytics, students must take three core courses and four electives in the field. All students are required to take a projects course, either Lean Six Sigma or a course where student teams develop an innovative solution for a problem presented by a sponsoring business. Applicants must submit standardized test results; GMAT scores are preferred but GRE scores are accepted. Application documents should include two recommendations, a resume, transcripts, and an essay. The college prefers applicants who have at least two years of full-time work experience.
Indiana University Bloomington
Indiana University's full-time MBA program allows students to major in business analytics and further specialize by choosing a track in marketing, finance, or supply chain. Requirements for the major include four core courses and three electives in the specialty track, as well as a minor. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but it doesn't need to be in business, and most accepted students did not major in business as undergrads. However, students need to have a good grasp of algebra, statistics, and spreadsheets. GRE or GMAT scores are required. The college looks for professional experience and leadership ability, and accepted students have, on average, five years of full-time work experience. The MBA is a two-year program.
Students in the full-time MBA program at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University can pursue a specialization in business analytics. The option is designed for students interested in a consulting career. To complete the specialization, students take five electives in the specialization along with the MBA's required core courses. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but the college does not require any specific undergraduate majors or prerequisite courses. GMAT scores are preferred, but GRE scores are acceptable. The program recommends applicants have at least two years of work experience, and for recent incoming classes, the average has been four years of work experience. The average undergrad GPA for accepted students is about 3.4. Purdue MBA students start the program in the fall.
Valparaiso University offers a full-time global MBA program and a part-time professional MBA with evening classes where students earn a variety of certificates on their way to an MBA. Students in either program can earn a certificate in business intelligence as part of their studies. The Valpo MBA offers experiential learning such as internships and field projects. The full-time program uses a cohort model and starts in August. The part-time evening program has six start dates each year. Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores, official transcripts, personal statement, resume, and two letters of recommendation. Students may be able to transfer up to six credits from an AACSB-accredited program.
Aarhus University in Denmark offers an MCS in Business Intelligence that uses English for instruction in all of the classes. This is a four-semester program that includes core courses in the first semester, specialization classes in the second semester, electives in the student's area of interest during the third semester, and a master's thesis in the final semester. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must have taken undergraduate courses in quantitative methods, managerial economics, operations management, marketing, finance and accounting, organizational leadership, and microeconomics. The university will assess applicants' undergraduate transcripts to determine if they need to take additional classes to meet the minimum requirements.
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Radboud University in The Netherlands offers an MBA with a specialization in Business Analysis and Modelling that uses English as the instructional language. Students are required to complete seven courses and a master's thesis that involves an individual research project. Five of the courses are required and the other two are electives. Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree in business administration from a research university and are expected to have taken undergraduate courses in organizational theory, marketing, strategy, human resource management, finance, statistics, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. Applicants may be required to submit GMAT scores. Students who do not meet the requirements may be admitted to a pre-master's program. Students who complete the pre-master's can enter the master's program.
The Executive MBA in Business Analytics program at Loras College uses a blended format for class delivery. Students take part in six weekly virtual class sessions, then meet on campus for a weekend to finish the class. The synchronous web classes are scheduled in the evenings. Students progress through the 36-credit program with a cohort of peers. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher and at least two years of professional experience in business and engineering. Students who do not have an academic background in business can be admitted on a provisional basis. Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores, but applicants will undergo a faculty interview. Cohorts start in the fall.
University of Iowa
The University of Iowa has a joint degree that allows students to earn an MBA and Master of Science in Data Analytics in less time and with fewer credits than they could earn the two degrees individually. Students can apply to the two programs at one time, or start the MBA or M.S. first, but they must enroll in the joint program at some point. To earn the dual degrees, students complete 60 credits, which can be done in eight to 10 semesters. Courses are delivered on weeknights in a face-to-face setting in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, or the Quad Cities. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 or higher GPA for the M.S. and must submit GRE or GMAT scores for the MBA.
University of Southern Maine
The University of Southern Maine offers an MBA program that has a concentration in business analytics. The curriculum requires students to take 27 credits in core classes and nine credits in business analytics required courses. The MBA program is designed for working professionals who want to study part time, but full-time students are welcome. Many classes are offered in the evenings. Accepted students who do not have a background in business may be required to take up to five foundation courses covering organizational behavior, economic analysis, accounting, probability and statistics, and financial management. Applicants must submit GMAT scores, and the university uses a formula combining undergraduate GPA and GMAT scores for admissions decisions. Students may start in the fall, spring, or summer session.
University of Maryland-College Park
The University of Maryland in College Park offers an online MBA program with a specialization in Information Systems and Business Analytics that focuses on managing and analyzing data and implementing information systems. The program requires two residencies. The opening residency is a three-day, on-campus program where students meet their faculty and classmates and get started in the program. The closing residency focuses on a capstone business experience. Students can complete the program in as little as 18 months while continuing to work. Most classes are presented in an asynchronous format, although some classes may require live online videoconferencing. Classes in the specialization cover topics such as data analytics, managing digital businesses and platforms, and social media and web analytics. Students in the online program have access to a variety of career services including career coaching, access to the Smith School of Business online job database and recruiting system, and interview training.
Students earning an MBA from Babson College can choose a Business Analytics Concentration. The curriculum for the concentration includes two foundation courses and one more core course, plus two restricted electives to provide depth. Students may also use additional electives in the curriculum to complement the concentration. MBA students also complete a core curriculum and take part in experiential learning such as consulting projects. Applicants are required to submit GMAT or GRE scores, essays, letters of recommendation, resume and transcripts. Selected students are interviewed. Babson offers four different delivery systems for its MBA. The one-year program enrolls students in May. The two-year program enrolls students in August. The evening MBA and blended MBA program each have three start dates per year.
Bentley University offers an Emerging Leaders MBA program designed specifically for young professionals who want to gain solid skills, knowledge, and confidence for the workplace. The program requires students to gain depth in a concentration area, and business analytics is one of the concentrations available. The curriculum requires students to complete eight core courses, including a global business experience involving a seven- to 10-day business trip, and five electives in the concentration area. Students, especially those whose undergraduate background is not in business, may be required to take up to five foundation courses first. Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores, two essays, and transcripts. This is a two-year program with students entering in the fall.
The Part-Time Professional MBA program at Bentley University offers a concentration in Business Analytics. The part-time MBA is designed for working professionals and offers classes in the evening. Courses meet once a week, and they are scheduled so that an individual can attend two in one evening. Some classes are available online, as well. The curriculum focuses on hands-on learning and real-world experiences, including courses where students tackle a real business problem and propose a solution. Students use their electives to complete the concentration area. Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores, transcripts, resume, and two essays. The admission committee also looks at work experience and learning objectives.
Students who enroll in the MBA program at Clark University can choose a concentration in Information Management and Business Analytics. The curriculum requires students to complete 12 core courses, three or four courses in the concentration, an experiential learning course, and a professional internship. For their experiential learning course, students work together as a consulting team. Clark's Graduate School of Management offers evening, day, summer, and accelerated courses for maximum flexibility. Students with a bachelor's degree in any field may apply, and there are no prerequisite courses. Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores unless the student has three years of professional experience and will attend part time. Students may enter the program in the spring or fall semester.
Baker College has an MBA in Business Intelligence that is offered through Baker Online. There is no on-campus requirement, and students can choose from four start dates each quarter. The program is designed for managers of departments other than information systems who want to learn about emerging information technologies and subjects such as data mining, analytical processing, and how information can be used to improve decision-making. The MBA program requires candidates to complete at least 53 quarter credit hours, with 33 credits in core business classes and 20 credits in the business intelligence major. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and a minimum of three years of full-time professional work experience. Submitting GRE or GMAT scores is optional.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has an online accelerated MBA program that offers an emphasis in data analytics. Students can earn their MBA in 18 months or less, and while they are in the program they will gain skills they can immediately apply in their current job. Online classes are taught by practicing professionals in areas such as international operations management, corporate finance, and quantitative decision making. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester, and there is no requirement to attend any courses on campus. Students can complete their capstone project at the location of their choosing. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.75.
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
The MBA program at the University of Minnesota allows students to pursue an information systems specialization. This full-time, two-year program requires 64 credits, including core credits, electives or classes in the specialization, experiential learning credits, and a global enrichment program that can be fulfilled by a short-term or semester-long study abroad program or a domestic course. The information systems specialization requires at least 12 credits in the subject, and the college recommends students also take interdisciplinary courses that pair well with the specialty. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but any major is acceptable. They must submit GRE or GMAT scores, transcripts, three references, a resume, and a personal statement. Students enter the program in the fall.
New England College
New England College has a MBA program that offers a concentration in health informatics. The program is open both to students who have a technical background and to students who come from a clinical field such as nursing or pharmacy who want to manage health informatics. The program requires 28 credits in core MBA courses and 12 credits in health informatics coursework. Students are required to complete an integrative capstone project. Applicants should be working professionals or recent graduates. Students can complete the program in two years of part-time study. The application packet should include transcripts and resume. Standardized tests are not required, but high GRE or GMAT scores can help strengthen an application.
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University has an MBA in Health Care Informatics that is designed for students who are administrators or managers in the health care field. Students who have a background in business may be able to complete the degree in as few as 15 months. The curriculum includes nine core MBA courses and three courses in the health care informatics specialty. Students who did not study business as undergraduates may have to take foundation courses in statistics, economics, financial analysis, business law, and organizational behavior before beginning the program. SNHU delivers classes in 10-week terms, and students can access the material at their convenience. The program has five points during the year. Applicants do not have to submit standardized test scores.
Southern New Hampshire University offers an MBA in Business Intelligence that students can complete entirely online with no requirements for campus visits. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.75. GMAT or GRE scores are not required. Students who did not study business as an undergraduate may be required to take up to five foundation courses, including business math and statistics, economics, financial reporting and analysis, business law, and human behavior in organizations. Beyond foundation courses, the degree includes eight MBA core courses, three courses in the business intelligence area, and an integrative capstone project. Courses are delivered in 10-week sessions, and students can start the program at five entry points per year.
The part-time MBA at Rutgers University has a concentration in Analytics and Information Management. The part-time MBA is designed to provide flexibility for working professionals. Students can take courses in the evenings or on Saturdays, and some courses are available at campuses in Newark, Madison, Jersey City, and New Brunswick. Students have up to eight years to complete the program, which has the same curriculum as Rutgers' full-time MBA. Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores, official transcripts, two recommendations, resume, and essay. Prerequisites are a three-credit course in calculus and a three-credit course in statistics. Rutgers encourages applicants to have work experience. Students can enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester, and students are allowed to take a semester off once enrolled.
Individuals who already have an MBA but who want to update their skills or change the direction of their career to include data analytics can achieve that goal by earning a Post MBA Certificate in Analytics and Information Management from the Rutgers University Business School. The certificate program requires students to take at least five courses, but each course is an elective, so students have maximum flexibility in customizing the program. Students who earned their MBA from Rutgers can have the concentration added to their official transcript, and they can enroll simply by calling the school. Applicants who are not Rutgers Business School alumni must submit transcripts and a resume.
Thomas Edison State University
Thomas Edison State University offers a completely online accelerated MBA program that allows students to earn an MBA in Data Analytics. The 39-credit program can be completed in about 18 months. The college has six terms per year and courses run in eight-week sessions. Students may enter the MBA program in January, May or September. Students are required to earn 15 credits in core courses such as financial management, strategic operations management, and global strategic management. Data Analytics majors also take courses in managerial statistics, business forecasting, predictive analytics, and data analytics and visualization fieldwork. Some classes may occasionally require students to log in and participate at a set time. Applicants to the program must have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 and two years of related professional or managerial work experience. Prerequisite classes include financial accounting, microeconomics, and statistics; a preparatory program covering those classes is available.
Keller Graduate School of Management
The Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University has an MBA with a Business Intelligence and Analytics Management concentration. The degree requires students to complete 48 credits, including 10 required core courses plus the concentration. The business intelligence and analytics management concentration has two required courses, and students select two more courses from a short list of approved electives. Courses are delivered in eight-week terms, and students can take classes on campus, online, or a combination of the two. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but the school does not require any specific undergraduate majors. Applicants must have adequate proficiency in math and verbal skills, which the university determines by GRE or GMAT scores.
New York University
Students in the full-time MBA program at NYU's Stern School of Business can choose a specialization in Business Analytics. The MBA curriculum allows students to use their electives to take up to three specializations, and students spend their second year taking elective courses. The two-year program also requires students to compete an internship in the summer. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but Stern does not specify any particular undergraduate majors. Applicants must submit scores from either the GMAT or GRE. Applicants are evaluated on academics, professional achievement, and personal characteristics. Each applicant has to submit an EQ Endorsement attesting to his or her emotional intelligence skills, such as self-management, empathy, and ability to communicate. The MBA program starts in the fall.
University of Rochester
Students in the full-time Master of Science in Business Analytics program at the University of Rochester's Simon Business School can complete the program in 10 months, or they can add an internship and earn their degree in 17 months. The curriculum includes 15 courses and focuses on project-based learning. Applicants are evaluated on a variety of factors, including academic background, work experience, leadership potential, and personal qualities. Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores. Accepted students have on average about two years of work experience, and the vast majority earned an undergraduate degree in business or a STEM field with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students start the program in the fall.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MBA@UNC, The top-ranked online MBA program from UNC Kenan-Flagler, enables ambitious working professionals around the world to earn an elite MBA. Through the use of innovative technologies and real-world immersive experiences, MBA@UNC blends the flexibility of a global online program with the rigor, quality and classroom interaction of a top-20 business school. This innovative program offers students the chance to: Develop the strategic insights to lead top organizations, learn from expert faculty in face-to-face online classes, participate in in-person weekend immersions in cities all over the world, and select a concentration in Data Analytics and Decision Making, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, or Strategy and Consulting. UNC Kenan-Flagler and its online MBA program were both top-ranked in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.
Ohio University offers an online MBA program with a concentration in Business Analytics. Students in the program are required to attend one professional development workshop that is held over a long weekend (Friday through Sunday) on the campus in Athens, Ohio. The MBA program lasts for six semesters, with each semester consisting of two seven-week terms. Students take one course each term. Most classes are offered asynchronously, but students may occasionally be required to log in at a set time for a live lecture session. Students specializing in business analytics take core MBA courses and courses in predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, and data management and business intelligence. Applicants to the program must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and must have maintained a 3.0 GPA during their undergraduate career. The program does not require GMAT scores, but applicants should have two to five years of professional experience.
Oregon State University
Oregon State University has an MBA with a track in business analytics. Oregon State's MBA uses a hybrid format, with about 80 percent of coursework delivered online and the other 20 percent requiring on-campus participation. Most courses require students to be on campus two or three times during an 11-week term, for a total of six hours. The MBA program requires students to complete 60 credits, including an integrated business analytics project that requires student teams to create an analytics solution for a real organization. The online program is for part-time students, who can complete it in about 30 months. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any subject. Those with a business degree can enter an accelerated MBA program.
Carnegie Mellon University
The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University has an MBA with concentration in Data Science and Business Analytics. Students in the business analytics track must take three core courses in the field and five electives, splitting their coursework over descriptive, predictive, prescriptive, and application areas. Student also complete their capstone project in business analytics. The MBA curriculum covers two years of full-time studies, with each semester broken into two mini-semesters, allowing students to take a wide variety of courses each semester. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and at minimum one semester of calculus. Applicants must submit GMAT or GRE scores. Accepted students have an average GPA of about 3.3 and five years professional experience.
University of Pennsylvania
Master of Business Administration - Operations, Information and Decisions Specialty, Information Systems Track
Students earning an MBA from The Wharton School clan major in operations, information, and decisions (OID). Within the OID major, they can choose from three tracks: operations management, information systems, or decision processes. This is a 20-month, two-academic-year program with summer off, but students are strongly encouraged to work an internship during the summer. Students begin the program in August, and classes are generally scheduled Monday through Thursday. Applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores, official transcripts, an essay, two recommendations, and a resume. The Wharton School prefers applicants with work experience, and the average length of professional experience for the last entering class was five years. Accepted students have a wide range of undergraduate degrees.
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Students in the MBA program at the University of Pittsburgh can follow an Information Systems track, which they can customize further by taking elective courses in functional areas such as business analysis, data analysis, or project management. Pitt has a one-year MBA program that requires 51 credits, a two-year MBA program that requires 57 credits, and a Professional MBA that requires 51 credits. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must submit GMAT or GRE scores. The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business prefers candidates with work experience for all its MBA programs. The one-year MBA program starts in May, the two-year program starts in August, and students can enter the professional MBA program in August, January, or May.
Students in the MBA program at Bryant University can specialize in business analytics. The Bryant program is designed for working professionals and all classes are offered in the evenings. The two-year program uses a cohort format with all students progressing together through the first year of required classes. The program includes an optional global immersion experience that takes place in winter of the second year. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and must submit GMAT scores. Prerequisites for the program are courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics, and statistics. The admissions process works on a rolling basis until all available spots in the cohort are filled. Students start the program with a three-day boot camp in August.
The Clemson MBA in Business Analytics follows a blended format that combines online classes with a requirement for students to be on campus in Greenville, South Carolina, for two weekends per semester. The weekend sessions run from Friday through Sunday. The part-time program can be completed in two years. The 36-credit degree includes a mandatory internship at the end of the program. MBA applicants must submit a personal statement, transcripts from previous college work, a resume, two references, and GMAT scores. Applicants may also be contacted for a personal interview. The MBA in Business Analytics only offers a fall start date.
University of South Dakota
Students in the online MBA program at the University of South Dakota can specialize in business analytics. The degree requires students to complete 27 credits in core MBA classes and 12 credits in the specialization. Students who do not have an academic background in business may be required to take up to 21 credits in foundation courses before they begin the MBA classes. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college but it can be in any discipline. Application packets must include official transcripts from all colleges attended, three recommendations, a resume, a statement of purpose, and GMAT scores. GMAT waivers are offered to students who graduated from an AACSB-accredited school or who had a undergraduate or graduate GPA of at least 3.25.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers an online Professional MBA program with a concentration in Business Analytics. The program consists of eight core classes in topics such as financial accounting, business law and ethics, financial management, organizational behavior, marketing management, and strategic management. The four courses in business analytics cover topics such as databases and data warehouses, advanced queries and business reports, data mining, and advanced data analytics. Students can complete the program in as little as 16 to 24 months. Applicants to the program should have a 2.7 undergraduate GPA, although students who don't meet that requirement may be considered for the program if they have three years of consecutive professional work experience and exceed specific scores on the GMAT or GRE. UTC offers a variety of scholarships for online Professional MBA students, including a military scholarship, merit scholarship, and affiliate partner scholarship for students who meet specific criteria.
The University of Tennessee
Students in the full-time MBA program at the University of Tennessee Knoxville can concentrate in business analytics, with coursework covering data mining, business process optimization, applied statistics, and business intelligence. The MBA program at UT Knoxville is a 17-month program. Students take core courses and participate in case competitions during the first two semesters. Over the summer, they participate in a global business seminar and an internship, and in their third semester they take concentration classes. The program is open to students with a variety of academic backgrounds, but those without a business degree should take courses in accounting, finance, and statistics before entering. Applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores, transcripts, resume, and references.
Virginia Tech offers a Master of Science in Business Administration with a Business Analytics concentration. The program requires 30 credits, including 15 credits in core business courses and 15 credits in the analytics core and capstone project. The program is housed in the Pamplin College of Business. The program requires applicants to have a bachelor's degree with a preferred GPA of 3.0. Applicants do not have to have majored in business as undergraduates. About half of admitted students come from a non-business background, a policy the school uses to create a multi-disciplinary learning environment. However, the program has prerequisites for basic skills in statistics, computer programming, and database management. Students who meet the prerequisites can usually complete the degree in less than a year.