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Learn Analytics Today. Lead Business Tomorrow.

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.

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.


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Credits to graduate 
1 year (September to following August)    

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MSBA graduate John Tong

A Comprehensive Analytics Curriculum

In the MSBA program, you'll take 14.5-15.5 credits of full-time coursework each semester for a total of 45 required credits over 3 Semesters (fall, spring, summer). Classes for the MSBA  program meet during the day. The program’s cohort model means you’ll start the program at the same time as all other current students and move through the classes together.

Our rigorous curriculum 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.


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MSBA alum Bryce Quesnel

An investment for your future

A graduate degree is an investment for your future. You'll gain skills and knowledge to boost your salary, expand your network, and set yourself for advancing your career. Tuition for 2023:

  • Resident: $1,085 per credit
  • Non-resident: $1,545 per credit

Up to $20,000 awards is available for well-qualified U.S. applicants, and a limited number of merit-based scholarships are available for international students.


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Master Big Data Careers

Amidst a thriving demand for data professionals, big data jobs are plentiful. Companies now require experts who can grasp, analyze, and leverage vast data reserves. With a Master of Science in Business Analytics from the Carlson School, you unlock a world of thrilling career prospects.

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100% of of 2022 graduates accepted employment offers within six months after graduation.

U.S. News & World Report (2021)

#5 U.S. News and World Report 2021 ranking for best information systems programs.

QS World University Rankings

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

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Application Deadlines

The following application rounds and deadlines are for applicants who wish to start the MSBA program in Fall of 2024.

Admitted students who enroll in the program are required to arrive on campus in time for the required MSBA Program Orientation in late August or early September. No exceptions are made to this requirement.

Application Deadlines

  • November 1 
    Decision notification: December 29
  • January 15 - Priority deadline for international applicants 
    Decision notification: March 15
  • March 15 - Final deadline for international applicants outside the U.S. 
    Decision notification: April 26
  • May 15 - Final deadline for international applicants in the U.S. 
    Decision notification: June 7
  • June 15 - Final deadline for domestic applicants 
    Decision notification: July 8

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