Harness analytics and artificial intelligence to solve business challenges
The Carlson School's Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program equips you with the skills to collect, process, and analyze data. It will empower you to harness the potential of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) models to address critical questions and solve real-world business problems.
- New curriculum in fall 2024 enhances our AI courses, including a new AI for Business track
- Experiential learning through the Carlson Analytics Lab gives you hands-on practice
- 92% of 2023 graduates accepted employment offers within 6 months after graduation
- GMAT/GRE test optional for qualified applicants
- Merit-based scholarships up to $20,000 are available
- STEM-designated degree
One Transformative Year
Ready to join the rapidly growing field of analytics and AI? Choose the Carlson full-time MSBA program for a thorough academic experience that will position you well for the job market in just one year. It’ll be challenging. It’ll be rewarding. It’ll be worth it.
Courses & Curriculum
A methodically crafted analytics curriculum places special emphasis on artificial intelligence and business applications
In the MSBA program, you'll take 14-16 credits of full-time coursework each of your 3 semesters for a total of 45 required credits. Most classes for the MSBA program meet during the day. The program’s cohort model means you’ll start at the same time as all other students and move through the required classes together.
Our high-quality curriculum establishes a robust and well-rounded foundation for data science professionals. You will first learn essential building blocks such as statistics, programming, SQL, data engineering, and applications in business. You will then go in-depth to solve business problems with diverse analytics tools such as exploratory analytics, predictive analytics, causal inference, big data, digital experimentation, time series forecasting, and natural language processing.
Central to our curriculum is a focus on artificial intelligence (AI). We integrate AI topics seamlessly into several existing courses, along with specialized courses that delve into various aspects of AI, ensuring you gain a nuanced and practical understanding of this transformative field.
If you want to dive deep into the field of AI, we offer an AI for Business track that helps you know which courses to take to become well versed in this field.
Our program places a premium on practical business applications with real clients. Each semester, you will apply your data skills to address business problems and communicate your findings to business stakeholders. Through live case competitions in the Carlson Analytics Lab—and with guidance from our esteemed faculty—you will quickly produce real results for clients while enhancing your problem solving and communication skills.
Gain in-demand skills for your career
Data professionals provide valuable skills that employers are seeking. Companies now require experts who can grasp, analyze, and leverage vast data reserves, and use AI to their advantage. With an MSBA degree from the Carlson School, you unlock a world of thrilling career prospects.
Tuition & Aid
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 up for advancing your career. Tuition for 2023:
- Resident: $1,085 per credit
- Non-resident: $1,545 per credit
Up to $20,000 scholarship awards are available for well-qualified applicants.
92% of 2022 graduates accepted employment offers within 6 months after graduation.
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The following application rounds and deadlines are for applicants who wish to start the MSBA program in fall 2024.
Admitted students who enroll in the program are required to arrive on campus in time for the required MSBA Orientation in late August or early September. No exceptions are made to this requirement.
- 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