The Master of Science-Business Analytics trains students to create business strategies using data and statistics.

Professionals in this rapidly expanding field use algorithms and formulas to uncover patterns and trends in aggregate data, then apply that knowledge to real-world business problems. The Financial Engineer recently rated this program #28 in the U.S.

The degree is open to students with strong quantitative and analytical skills, regardless of their undergraduate major. The program includes a large number of courses involving statistical analysis.

The program is offered on campus, and a few of the courses are also occasionally available on-line. You may enroll on a full- or part-time basis during the fall and winter semesters, and some courses are often available during the summer. The program usually can be completed within 12 months of full-time study.

Admission is rolling, and you may begin the program in September or January. May admission is also usually possible for part-time students.

University of Michigan-Dearborn students who have been admitted to the MS-Business Analytics may take up to 6 graduate credits during the final semester of their undergraduate program.

MS-Business Analytics
The professors are actually invested in not only what they are teaching, but they are willing to listen to our feedback and make sure we are getting the most out of the program.
Matthew Wrase, MS in Business Analytics '16


The Master of Science-Business Analytics requires 10 courses or 30 credit hours.

  • Core Courses

    (6 courses/18 credits)

    DS 520 - Applied Statistical Modeling
    DS 570 - Management Science
    DS 630 - Applied Forecasting
    DS 631 - Decision Analysis
    DS 632 - System Simulation
    DS 633 - Data Mining for Business Applications

  • Concentration Courses

    (4 courses/12 credits)

    Tailor the degree to your own interests by choosing a concentration in Financial Analytics, Human Resource Management Analytics, Information Management and Coordination Analytics, Marketing Analytics, or Supply Chain Analytics.

Program Details

  • Transfer Credit and Course Exemptions

    Previous coursework deemed substantially similar to ACC 505, BE 530, DS 520, FIN 531, ISM 525, MKT 515, OB 510, and OM 521 may qualify to exempt students from those courses. Exempt courses must be replaced with other approved courses in the degree program.

    In addition, up to 6 transfer credits for previous equivalent graduate coursework can be applied to the degree if those credits have not been counted toward a degree.

    Exemptions and transfer credit are granted at the discretion of the program faculty.

  • Program Goals and Objectives

    Goal 1: Students will acquire discipline-specific knowledge in business analytics.

    Objectives: MS-Business Analytics students will:

    1. Evaluate business analytics approaches.
    2. Evaluate relevant business analytics tools and techniques.


    Goal 2: Students will develop analytical skills for business problems.

    Objectives: MS-Business Analytics students will:

    1. Formulate business analytics problems.
    2. Synthesize relevant business analytics information.
    3. Evaluate business analytics solution alternatives.

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