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  • Master's Degree in Business Analytics (MS) Online

    Master of Science in Business Analytics

    Every piece of data has a story. Figuring out how to best tell and utilize that story for the good of your business is the goal of Drexel University’s online MS in Business Analytics. With an emphasis on “good data used well,” the program focuses on preparing you to work with a much wider variety of data than is typically analyzed allowing you to gather and analyze data to tell its story with insightful, actionable conclusions. Today, on average only 15 percent of data is actually being analyzed, making it imperative that companies find candidates who are capable of analyzing a much larger array of data, like text, video and audio.

    Drexel’s online MS in Business Analytics program can be completed in as little as 18-24 months.

    What is Business Analytics?

    “Data” is a buzzword today, but for a business to be successful, that data needs to be effectively gathered and analyzed to help inform a company’s future. The role of a business analyst is to do exactly that: they review and analyze historical data in the hopes of gathering insight that can help shape a company’s future decisions. Business analytics professionals do this through skills like data management, data visualization, predictive modeling, data mining and forecasting simulation.

    Drexel’s MS in Business Analytics Online Program Features:

    • Business Core - These courses provide the insight to better understand the value of analytics within business.
    • Foundation Courses - The three pillars of analytics - statistics, data management and predictive modeling – provide in-depth analytical skills. These foundational courses make up the bulk of your credit hours, preparing you to tackle every step of the business decision-making process.
    • Concentrations and Electives - Through your electives, you have the option to choose a concentration in either Information Systems, Statistics, or Modeling, as well as a custom concentration from a variety of disciplines at the University.
    • Capstone - This project will help you to analyze and reflect on what you have learned throughout your course of study.

    Whether you are interested in staying in your current field or changing careers altogether, the online master’s in business analytics program at Drexel will prepare you to provide valuable insights in a wide variety of industries such as engineering, finance, economics, technology, or marketing.

    Drexel University’s MS in Business Analytics online program features

    Dual Degree Options

    The LeBow College of Business offers the ability to share up to 15 credits across degrees, maximizing both your time and financial investment. You can declare your second degree once you have completed at least 15 credits of your initial degree. Any of the online business degrees can be paired as a dual degree such as MBA/MS Business Analytics, MBA/MS Sport Business, or MS Business Analytics/MS Sport Business, with shared coursework usually through elective credits.

    How Can I Afford an MS in Business Analytics?

    While the cost of earning a master’s degree can be daunting, Drexel’s LeBow College of Business is committed to making it affordable for qualified applicants. Please visit the tuition page to learn more about scholarship opportunities available for this program as well as other cost savings programs.

    What is the Difference between Business Intelligence (BI) and Business Analytics?

    Business intelligence and business analytics professionals have a lot in common.  Both deal with interpreting data for the good of an organization. However, they address two different parts of the same problem: what can data tell a business about how to be successful? Professionals in business intelligence tend to focus on the past, looking at historical data to find trends that led to the company’s decisions. Business analytics professionals, on the other hand, look to the future. They look at historical data to try and project how businesses can grow and change successfully in the years ahead. 

    What Does The Ms In Business Analytics Degree Consist Of?

    Drexel’s MS in Business Analytics focuses on three pillars:

    • Statistics - Our faculty teaches future leaders how to find value in the data. Drexel’s courses provide insights to better understand the importance of data-driven decision-making for today’s businesses.
    • Modeling - Learn to model the data and use proper techniques based on the right data sets, algorithms, and variables. More importantly, you'll be able to communicate the results to executives so they understand the model and how it can benefit the business.
    • Data Management - Big data is here to stay. Learn to manage and utilize big data that drives industry decision making.

    Graduates of the program will be able to formulate a question or problem based on data, model the data based on the problem, analyze the data, and, most importantly, present the data to executive leadership in easy to understand language.

    Drexel University’s MS in Business Analytics three core pillars

    How Long Does It Take To EARN An Online Ms In Business Analytics?

    Depending on the amount of courses taken per term, Drexel’s online MS in Business Analytics can typically be completed in 18 to 24 months. Upon graduating, you’ll be able to confidently tackle the workforce knowing that you have the tools you need to succeed. From formulating a problem and modeling it out conceptually to gathering and applying data, you’ll be ready to solve real-world problems with the skills you’ve learned from your courses. And, thanks to the online format, you can schedule your classwork around your life.

    Is Math Crucial to Business Analytics?

    While math plays a role in data analytics, it’s not necessarily the defining characteristic of the field. Far more important is the ability to explore data with an eye for relationships and insights that can benefit an employer in the future. You will take some classes in statistics, but no one should rethink pursuing a degree in business analytics because of their math skills.

    What Kinds of Jobs Can You Get With an MS in Business Analytics?

    An MS in Business Analytics prepares you for a variety of data-driven careers throughout the business field. Just a few of the job titles graduates can earn are:

    • Analytics Analyst
    • Application Developer
    • Business Intelligence Analyst
    • Business Intelligence Engineer
    • Business Technology Analyst
    • Consultant
    • Data Science Manager
    • Data Scientist
    • Digital Media Analyst
    • Market Research Analyst
    • Predictive Modeler
    • Pricing Analyst

    (From the State of Business Analytics Report: 2017 – LeBow Business Analytics Solutions Center)

    What Salary Will I Earn in Business Analytics?

    Armed with the skills needed to analyze a wide variety of data, graduates of Drexel’s online business analytics degree are ready to command a competitive salary.

    Job Title

    Average Base Pay*

    Analytics Analyst


    Application Developer


    Business Intelligence Analyst


    Business Intelligence Engineer


    Business Technology Analyst


    Data Scientist


    *Data from glassdoor.com

    Related Programs

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.

    Sample Plan of Study

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. This program can be completed in 18-24 months. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You may transfer up to 9 graduate credits into the program. 

    Operations Research
    OPR 601 Managerial Decision Models and Simulation 3.0
    STAT 610 Statistics for Business Analytics 3.0
    STAT 642 Data Mining for Business Analytics 3.0
    STAT 645 Time Series Forecasting 3.0
    Management Information Systems
    MIS 612 Aligning Information Systems and Business Strategies 3.0
    MIS 632 Database Analysis and Design for Business 3.0
    MIS 636 Python Programming for Business Applications 3.0
    BSAN 615 Data Visualization & Analytics 3.0
    BSAN 710 Business Analytics Capstone Project 3.0
    Select One Concentration 9.0
    Information Systems
    Select three:
    MIS 624
    Systems Analysis & Design
    MIS 630
    Inter-Active Decision Support Systems
    MIS 633
    Predictive Business Analytics with Relational Database Data
    MIS 634
    Advanced Business Analytics with Relational Database Data
    MIS 641
    MIS Policy and Strategy
    MIS 642
    Emerging Information Technologies in Business
    MIS 650
    Management of Health Care Info Systems
    MIS 651
    Information Systems Outsourcing Management
    MIS 652
    Business Agility and IT
    MIS 653
    Design Thinking for Digital Innovations
    MIS 661
    Managing with Enterprise Application Software using SAP - Logistics
    MIS 662
    Managing with Enterprise Application Software using SAP - Accounting & Analytics
    Select three:
    ECON 550
    ECON 560
    Time Series Econometrics
    ECON 639
    Applied Industrial Analysis
    MKTG 606
    Customer Analytics
    MKTG 607
    Marketing Experiments
    STAT 628
    Applied Regression Analysis
    STAT 630
    Multivariate Analysis
    STAT 634
    Quality & Six-Sigma
    STAT 636
    Experimental Design
    STAT 638
    Advanced Statistical Quality Control
    Select three:
    ECON 548
    Mathematical Economics
    ECON 610
    ECON 650
    Business & Economic Strategy: Game Theory & Applications
    OPR 620
    Operations Research I
    OPR 622
    Operations Research II
    OPR 624
    Advanced Mathematical Program
    OPR 626
    System Simulation
    OPR 640
    Decision Models for the Public Sector
    OPR 660
    OR Models in Finance
    POM 645
    Supply Chain Analytics
    Functional Area of Business
    Select three 600-level courses from: ACCT, FIN, MKTG, POM or ECON
    Free Electives 6.0
    Experiential Learning Requirement
    BUSN 615 Graduate Internship 3.0
    or MGMT 715 Business Consulting
    Total Credits 45.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
      • No specific undergraduate major is required
      • Degrees earned abroad must be deemed equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's
      • GPA of at least 3.0 preferred

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    A completed application


    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other postsecondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
    • Unofficial transcripts may be sent to expedite the review of your application. Official transcripts must be received if you are accepted into the program.

    Letter of Recommendation: One professional letter that speaks to your performance and accomplishments, and attests to your ability to succeed within the program.

    Resume: Quality and quantity of professional experience will be evaluated

    Essay: This personal statement (approximately 500 words) should describe in detail your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree from LeBow College, your short-term and long-term career plans, and how your background, experience, interests, and/or values, when combined with a Drexel graduate degree, will enable you to pursue those goals successfully.

    Additional requirements for International Students

    Optional Documents

    Beginning in spring 2024, the MS in Business Analytics program is now test optional. However, applicants who have completed or will be completing the GMAT or GRE are encouraged to submit test scores to be considered for additional merit scholarship opportunities. Sharing of test scores is also recommended for those who may have minimal quantitative or analytical experience, to help showcase quantitative aptitude.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $1210 per credit.

    For the academic year 2024-2025, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Scholarship Opportunities

    To assist students in their achievement, the LeBow College of Business offers scholarship opportunities* to highly-qualified applicants. You will automatically be considered for the following:

    Merit Based Scholarships
    With the support of alumni, the LeBow College of Business offers the Alumni Merit Scholarship to top applicants in the MBA and MS programs. Scholarship consideration is based on your application, focusing strongly on academic achievement, professional experience, unique personal attributes, and/or GMAT/GRE exam scores, if submitted. There is no separate application for this scholarship opportunity.

    Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Scholarship
    The JEDI Scholarship recognizes individual student achievements and contributions within their personal or professional communities. To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:

    • You have demonstrated excellent contributions and achievements to further social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in their professional and/or personal communities

    There is no separate application, however, please showcase the following when prompted to do so on the application:

    • Your passion for pursuing social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
    • Your work to support the personal or professional development of underrepresented groups

    *Scholarships may be offered in addition to any other applicable tuition savings. Scholarship deadlines are subject to application deadlines. Learn more about scholarship opportunities available for graduate business students. 


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