Carlson Analytics Lab

Master of Science in Business Analytics

The Carlson School's Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program teaches students how to harvest, process, and analyze data to answer important questions and solve real business problems in an increasingly data-driven world.


Learn Analytics Today. Lead Business Tomorrow.

From social networks to mobile devices, and from real-time sensors to purchase transactions, the pace of data generation is growing exponentially.

Investing one year in an analytics education can boost your earnings potential and set you up for success in one of today's fastest-growing fields. Gain the advanced knowledge and data analytics skills that are in high demand across industries. Students graduate from the Carlson MSBA program with a unique combination of analytics expertise and business acumen.

Highly Ranked & STEM-Designated MSBA


of 2022 graduates accepted employment offers within six months after graduation


QS World University Ranking for U.S. master's in business analytics (2023)


U.S. News and World Report 2021 ranking for management information systems specialty

MSBA Program at a Glance

Rachel Wolfe Celander, '18 MSBA

One Transformative Year

Ready to join the rapidly growing field of analytics? Choose the Carlson full-time MS in Business Analytics (MSBA) program for a rigorous academic experience that will put you on the job market in just one year. It’ll be intense. It’ll be hard. It’ll be worth it.

MSBA graduate John Tong

Full-Time Business Analytics Degree Program

This on-campus program begins each year in June, following a required new student orientation. Students complete 45 credits in three intense semesters. The program’s cohort model means all current students move through the program together.

Format: Full-Time; 1 year; 45 credits
Start Date: Summer (June)
Location: On-campus; classes held during the day
Courses: Experiential learning & various electives

MSBA alum Bryce Quesnel

Modern Businesses Run on Data

The MSBA program focuses on using data analytics in business environments. You’ll gain technical skills and knowledge of a range of analytics techniques, including exploratory analytics, data visualization, predictive models, machine learning, and more. In addition, the program will challenge you to be a critical thinker who can apply those techniques to real business problems and communicate the results to colleagues, clients, and executives.

MSBA alum Jessica Lin

Full-Time Graduate Study, Accelerated Pace

The MSBA program is designed for students who can devote themselves to rigorous, full-time study of analytics. The program is a great option for early- and mid-career professionals who want to enter the field of analytics or level-up their skills. Recent graduates of undergraduate programs in math, statistics, business, engineering, computer science, and other fields are also encouraged to apply.

What it's like to be a MSBA student

Explore what it's like to be a student at the Carlson School of Management's Master of Science in Business Analytics program.

Picture Your Future

MSBA alum Cathy Zheng
Launching a career in consulting at Slalom like Cathy Zheng, '21 MSBA
MSBA alum Brady Engelke
Working as a data analyst at Hulu like Brady Engelke, '20 MSBA
MSBA alum Maya Carnie
Finding insights in data at Daugherty Business Solutions like Maya Carnie, '20 MSBA
MSBA alum Ameeta Japtiwale
Specializing in data engineering for McKinsey & Company like Ameeta Japtiwale, '16 MSBA

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