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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.

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.


Start date
On campus
Credits to graduate 
1 year (September to following August)

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.

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 

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 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.


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employment rate

92% of 2022 graduates accepted employment offers within 6 months after graduation.

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

For best information systems programs (2021)

QS World University Rankings

For U.S. masters 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 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.

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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