MBA & MS in Business Analytics

Harvest and analyze data to make informed business decisions

The Carlson School's MBA/Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) Dual Degree Program shapes in-demand business leaders who leverage big data to identify business opportunities. The nationally-ranked MBA program provides a rigorous, relevant, global business education while the Masters of Science in Business Analytics imparts the analytical know-how professionals need to harvest, process, and analyze data to extract important insights. This degree is STEM-Designated.

Note: This published program structure is under review and will be updated for students entering in the Fall 2024 semester. Please check back for updates. 

The MBA-MSBA Dual Degree will add an additional summer for an internship and one additional semester of study. Students can apply to both programs at the same time or in their first year of their MBA. Under this study plan, students begin their Full-Time MBA coursework in the fall semester of year one.

Please note: The MSBA program start time has been moved from Summer to Fall, and thus this structure is slightly out of date. This website will be updated when the new structure is finalized. Note that you would still be able to complete the dual-degree in the same amount of time. If you have any questions about this, please reach out to

Credit Distribution

To complete in this time frame students will carry a very demanding course load, but with a credit reduction benefit of a dual degree program.  At the end of three years, students will have completed 89 credits.

MBA = 52
MSBA= 35.5-37
Transfer MSBA to MBA = 12
Transfer MBA to MSBA = 8.5-9

MBA & Business Analytics

Fall Semester - MBA

  • Financial Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Marketing Management
  • Supply Chain & Operations
  • Strategic Management
  • Managerial Economics

Spring Semester - MBA

  • Leading Others
  • Competing in a Data-Driven World
  • Business Ethics *
  • Leadership Development *
  • Global Experience *
  • Enterprise
  • Electives

Summer - MSBA

  • Introduction to Statistics for Data Scientists
  • Introduction to Business Analytics in R
  • Programming for Data Science
  • Data Management, Databases, and Data Warehousing

*class can be taken in year 3

Business Analytics

Fall Semester - MSBA

  • Ethics and Data Privacy
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Exploratory Data Analytics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Causal Inference via Econometrics and Experimentation 

Spring Semester - MSBA

  • Agile Management of Analytics Projects
  • Adv Issues in Business Analytics
  • Business Analytics Experiential Learning 

Summer - MSBA & MBA

  • Internship 


Fall Semester - MBA

  • Enterprise
  • Electives
  • Business Ethics *
  • Leadership Development *
  • Global Experience *

Application Deadlines

Candidates can apply for both programs using one application, however, they must be admitted to the dual-degree program by both programs in order to pursue the dual degree. 

Application Deadlines

  • October 1
    Decision Notification: November 15
  • December 1
    Decision Notification: February 1
  • February 1 
    Decision Notification: March 15
  • April 1 (Domestic Applicants Only)
    Decision Notification: May 15

Deadlines on a weekend or holiday are extended through the next business day. We will review applications beyond our final round deadline on a case-by-case basis.


Both the MBA and MSBA programs are housed both at the Carlson School and offer robust career services to help you achieve your career goal. Whether it is your goal to be a data professional or to just to develop the expertise in extracting data and finding insights to be a more effective strategic leader, this dual degree program will impart a highly sought-after skillset for graduates to advance their careers. Graduates with a combination of managerial expertise and analytics skills are in high demand from employers across a variety of industries.

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MBA-MSBA students pay the tuition and fees at the school through which they are registered each semester. Scholarships are awarded separately by each program and are applied when a student is enrolled in that designated program.

All applicants admitted to Carlson are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. 

For an MBA, you will want to look at the per semester cost. For an MSBA, you will be factoring in the total tuition. Note that the total tuition cost for the MBA-MSBA Dual Degree will be about $35,000 different for resident than a non-resident. Visit the MBA and MSBA website for more information about financial aid and scholarship opportunities for each program. For both programs, all applicants admitted to Carlson are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. 

MBA Tuition & Financial Aid MSBA Tuition & Financial Aid

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If you have questions about the MBA and Business Analytics dual degree, please contact us.

Full-time MBA & Part-time MBA
Phone: 612-625-5555
MS in Business Analytics
Phone: 612-625-5555