The Carlson Advantage

The Carlson School should be your top choice for graduate education. The school convenes the latest knowledge in business, as applied to analytics.

The MS in Business Analytics prepares talented professionals to harvest, process, and analyze data to extract important insights. The program is taught by world-class faculty in business and information systems, and enables students to gain hands-on experience analyzing real data, for real companies.

Top Ranked

The Carlson School Management Information Systems program is ranked 4th (graduate program) and 3rd (undergraduate program) in the nation.

STEM Designated

The MS in Business Analytics program is recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as a STEM designated program. STEM programs allow greater flexibility for international students.

Experiential Learning

As part of the MS in Business Analytics program, students will participate in the Experiential Learning program. Students partner with real-world client organizations to draw innovative conclusions and facilitate data-driven decision making to solve a real business problem. Experiential learning programs offer dynamic projects that allow students to apply analytics methodologies, techniques, and tools to a business problem. The project takes place during the spring semester throughout 14 weeks. Working in teams of 4-5, students leverage data to drive business decision making. These projects give students invaluable client-facing exposure to a real-world challenge in business analytics.

Led by World-Class Faculty

Gediminas Adomavicius

Gediminas AdomaviciusProfessor Gediminas Adomavicius is an expert in recommender systems and personalization technologies, data mining techniques, and complex auction mechanisms. He was awarded the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award for his work on personalization technologies. This work has been highly cited and guided the design of next-generation recommender systems.


Alok Gupta

Alok GuptaProfessor Alok Gupta is an expert in economic engineering of information systems, including Internet economics, online mercantile mechanisms, and web-based social networks. His research has been highly cited in academic journals, and used by Fortune 100 firms to redesign and improve their online presence. His research has won numerous awards including two INFORMS Information System Society’s Design Science Awards.


Ravi Bapna

Ravi BapnaProfessor Ravi Bapna is an  expert in assessing economic value of information systems including online auctions, social networks, and cloud computing using econometric and computational modeling tools. He views social networking platforms as a global laboratory, and his pioneering work asks fundamental questions about human behavior and develops causal inferences using randomized trials.

Career Development

The Carlson School Graduate Business Career Center (GBCC) is dedicated to providing students with personalized career planning and support, and offers extensive services and resources to help students with all aspects of their career development, from career coaching and mock interviews to internship placement and job offer negotiation strategies.

Twin Cities Community

Minneapolis and St. Paul are consistently ranked among the best cities for employment, volunteerism, activity, health, and safety, and thrives on the distinct advantage of having 18 Fortune 500 companies in the Twin Cities.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Carlson School of Management is to discover transformative knowledge about the issues faced by organizations and managers in a dynamic global economy and create exceptional learning and career opportunities by facilitating an engaged and integrated community of scholars, students, and practitioners.

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