Tomorrow's business leaders will need to be able to use data analytics to make strategic decisions. A dual degree in business administration and business analytics prepares you to succeed in an increasingly data-driven business landscape.

Expand your impact with a dual degree that combines managerial expertise with analytics skills.

Big Data has changed the twenty-first century business landscape. As a result, data literacy is quickly becoming a necessary core competency for professionals in all kinds of roles and across business functions. Companies everywhere are relying on data analytics to drive all kinds of decisions—from firm strategy to product marketing, and from supply chain optimization to HR policy. Those professionals who can put data to strategic use for the business will lead their firms into the future.

To prepare these business leaders, the Carlson School of Management offers a dual degree option that combines the MBA and the Master's in Business Analytics (MSBA). The MBA curriculum provides a rigorous business education while MSBA courses teach students how to collect and analyze data for business value. The combination of the two programs prepares graduates to identify business opportunities and advantages using data-derived insights.

Companies everywhere are already seeking talented professionals who can bridge multiple disciplines, creating high demand for graduates of dual degree programs like the Carlson School's. Students who pursue this option will benefit in many ways:

  • Set yourself up for success with advanced education in both business administration/management and data analytics
  • Earn two graduate degrees in 2.5 years
  • Learn from field-leading faculty at top ranked business school
  • Apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world experiential learning projects
  • Graduate prepared to enter a wide variety of roles across business functions

To Apply

The MBA-MSBA dual degree can be completed in 2.5 years and culminates in the completion of two graduate degree programs. Prospective applicants must submit a graduate application to both programs. The program is open to students already accepted to the MBA Program, as well as potential students who have not yet applied to the University of Minnesota. Students begin their dual degree with MBA coursework, and then start MSBA courses in the summer semester of year one.

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