The MS in Business Analytics program is designed for the working professional. Business Analytics is discipline that integrates business strategy with various aspects of data science. To achieve this end, the discipline relies heavily upon the theory and applications of: computer programming, economics, finance, information management, marketing, statistics and operations research. It is through the integration of these disciplines that students acquire the necessary skillsets that enable them to engage in optimal business decision making, by employing rigorous analysis of complex data from both the public and private sectors. During this era of massively generated data (i.e., big data), individuals who are adept at compiling, cleaning, and analyzing such data for its predictive value are in high demand by both the public and private sectors.
Students pursuing the Masters of Science Degree in Business Analytics (MS Business Analytics) must complete ten courses (for a total of 30 semester credit hours), over the course of three semester terms and one summer term.
All formats assume that adult students, given a structured set of learning objectives and a prescribed methodology, can independently master course content. Instructional contact hours are less than more traditional face-to-face programs. Most of the student’s work is teacher-directed learning outside the classroom. Some classes require team meetings for assigned projects outside of scheduled contact hours. Graduate business programs faculty expect students to complete work in a timely and professional manner.
Applications will be subject to the current Graduate Program Admissions Committee Approved Policies and Procedures.
Admission Application Requirements
Submission of a completed application for admission by the applicable term deadline In addition to the requirements for graduate admission into Our Lady of the Lake University, applicants will provide:
An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
A personal statement detailing preparation to undertake the degree and reasons for wishing to study for the degree (no more than 500 words).
Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional
sources who may evaluate applicant’s potential academic and professional success.
A résumé highlighting managerial or professional work experience.
Conditional Admission to the MS in Business Analytics Program
The SBL Business Programs Graduate Admissions Committee grants conditional admission on the merits of each case for those applicants who do not meet all the requirements for regular admission. Students accepted under conditional admission must receive a grade of “B” or higher in the first 6-9 hours of MS in Business Analytics coursework (as deemed appropriate by the committee); otherwise, the student will be dismissed from the program. The decision of the committee regarding conditional admission acceptance cannot be appealed.
Application for Admission Deadlines
Deadlines for submitting a completed application for the Master of Science in Business Analytics are as follows:
Priority deadline: March 1
Final deadline: June 1