The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) is a one-year interdisciplinary program to help you develop technical expertise in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting big data in a business context. For international students, the program’s STEM-certification provides eligibility for a three-year U.S. work permit upon graduation.

The MSBA program involves two semesters of study (33 total credit hours). During the program, you will develop expertise in the collection, storage, analysis, interpretation, and visualization of data, as well as learn the predominant programming languages in the field, namely SQL, R, and Python. Efficient processing of large quantities of data via platforms like Hadoop and SAS will be included. Business courses in analytics, marketing, economics, and strategy will provide you with frameworks to turn data analyses into business insights. You will also develop leadership, project management, and teamwork skills; as part of the Capstone Project, you will work in teams on real-world big data problems with a corporate partner and present project results to executive clients.​

Required Courses

Fall SemesterSpring Semester

MIST 6360 Introduction to Business Analytics (1.5 credit hours)

MIST 6380 Advanced Data Analytics

MIST 7600 Data Analytics

MIST 7690 Business Process Management

MIST 7770 Business Intelligence

ECON 6760 Time Series Econometrics

ECON 6750 Econometrics

MARK 7980 Marketing Analytics

ECON 7950 Competitive Strategy and Structure

MIST 7990 Capstone Project

MARK 7600 Predictive Analytics


BUSN 7900 Tools for Career Effectiveness (1.5 credit hours)



Admission Prerequisites

  • Proficiency in college-level introductory statistics and calculus
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA

Preferred Admission Prerequisites

  • Knowledge of computer programming with at least one high-level language (e.g., R, Python, SQL, C, Java)
  • At least one previous corporate internship

Application Requirements

A complete application includes:

  • 1-page Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation: 1 required, 1 optional; it is preferred that one letter be from an internship supervisor
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Unofficial GMAT and/or GRE score report(s)
  • Unofficial TOEFL or IELTS (only required for non-native English speakers)
  • Essay(s): 1 required, 1 optional
  • $75 application fee for domestic students, $100 application for international students (waived for U.S. military personnel)


Round 1: October 1
Round 2:  January 15
Round 3: March 15*

*Round 3 deadline for international applicants is March 1. Applications from U.S. nationals received after March 15 will continue to be considered.

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Tuition and fees

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the tuition and fees are:

In-state: $19,378
Out-of-state: $35,362

More Information

Do you have questions about the MSBA or the application process? Please contact Leigh Britton at

Are you an employer looking to connect to the MSBA talent pool? Please contact Andrew Salinas for any questions about recruiting MSBA students, sponsoring an MSBA capstone project, leading professional development workshops or seminars, or any other sponsorship opportunities.

*The MSBA program is a full-time program and only offered at our Athens campus. No evening or online MSBA courses are offered.