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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.

The MS-Business Analytics is a US-government "STEM" designated program. International students in this program are eligible to receive extended time on their US student visas.

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

Curriculum

The Master of Science-Business Analytics requires 10 courses or 30 credit hours.
Students must complete the Core Courses and one Concentration.

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

Financial Analytics Concentration

(4 courses/12 credits)

Choose four courses from:

ACC 505 - Developing and Interpreting Financial Information*
BE 530 - Economic Analysis-Firm and Consumer*
DS 635 - Business Analytics Experience (Capstone Course)**
FIN 531 - Finance Fundamentals and Value Creation
FIN 581 - Topics in Corporate Finance
FIN 650 - Corporate Valuation and Strategy
FIN 651 - Investment Process, Analysis and Management
FIN 652 - Derivatives and Risk Management
FIN 653 - Topics in Investments and Capital Markets
FIN 655 - International Financial Management
BA 690 - Graduate Research
BA 691 - Graduate Seminar

* Students may elect either ACC 505 or BE 530 as credit toward the Financial Analytics concentration but not both.
** Students must receive department approval.

Human Resource Management Analytics Concentration

(4 courses/12 credits)

HRM 561 - Human Resource Management
HRM 580 - Compensation and Human Resource Analytics
OB 510 - Organization Behavior

Choose one course from:

DS 635 - Business Analytics Experience (Capstone Course)*
OB 610 - International Dimensions of Management
BA 690 - Graduate Research
BA 691 - Graduate Seminar

* Students must receive department approval.

Information Management and Coordination Analytics Concentration

(4 courses/12 credits)

Choose one course from:

ISM 525 - Computer and Information Systems
ISM 641 - Enterprise Architecture and Networking
ISM 644 - IT Policy and Security

Choose three courses from:

DS 635 - Business Analytics Experience (Capstone Course)*
ISM 575 - Information Management
ISM 642 - Information Assurance
ISM 649 - Business Intelligence
ISM 650 - Information Systems Quality
BA 690 - Graduate Research
BA 691 - Graduate Seminar

* Students must receive department approval.

Marketing Analytics Concentration

(4 courses/12 credits)

MKT 515 - Marketing Management
MKT 564 - Graduate Marketing Research

Choose two courses from:

DS 635 - Business Analytics Experience (Capstone Course)*
MKT 565 - Advanced Marketing Management
MKT 620 - Understanding Customers
MKT 621 - Advertising and Promotion
MKT 622 - Global Marketing
BA 690 - Graduate Research
BA 691 - Graduate Seminar

* Students must receive department approval.

Supply Chain Analytics Concentration

(4 courses/12 credits)

Choose four courses from:

DS 635 - Business Analytics Experience (Capstone Course)*
ISM 525 - Computer Information Systems
OM 521 - Operations Management
OM 571 - Supply Chain Management
OM 660 - Supply Chain Analytics
OM 661 - Supply Chain Logistics Management
OM 662 - Product Development and Technology Management
OM 663 - Lean and Six Sigma
OM 664 - Strategic Sourcing
OM 665 - Information Technology in Supply Chain Management
BA 690 - Graduate Research
BA 691 - Graduate Seminar

* Students must receive department approval.

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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