Businesses of all sizes are creating and storing more data than ever before according to IBM—2.5 quintillion bytes per day. In fact, 90 percent of all data that exists today was created in the last two years. Businesses are swimming in data, but often lack the talent and expertise to use it effectively for making decisions, revealing insights, and making predictions. Business analytics experts are changing that. The full-time Master of Science program in business analytics puts students on the leading edge of a burgeoning industry hungry for top notch talent.

Students learn the skills and techniques necessary to turn raw data into actionable insights. Descriptive and diagnostic analytics are just starting points in the program. The skills learned develop students into decision-makers and data scientists adept at using predictive and prescriptive analytics to solve business problems.

The full-time program is located in Iowa City.  The plan of study spans 16 months, and includes core courses, internships, and electives.

The full-time Master of Science program in business analytics requires a minimum of 39 s.h. of graduate credit. Transfer credit may be accepted with approval from the program. A cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75 is required in all course work.

The M.S. with a major in business analytics requires the following course work.

Core Courses18
Experience Course/Project3
Total Hours39

Core Courses

All of these:
MSCI:6050Data Management and Visual Analytics3
MSCI:6060Data Programming in R3
MSCI:6070Data Science3
MSCI:9100Business Analytics3
MSCI:9110Advanced Analytics3
MBA:8130Business Communication3

Experience Course/Project

The experience course consists of a group project that solves a semester-long business problem.

This course:
MSCI:6120Analytics Experience3


Elective course work allows students to deepen or broaden their skills. Additional electives may be available for credit but must be preapproved.

18 s.h. from these:
MSCI:6100Text Analytics3
MSCI:6110Big Data Management and Analytics3
MSCI:6130Applied Optimization3
MSCI:6140Information Visualization3
MSCI:6150Financial Analytics3
MSCI:6160Big Data Analytics3
MSCI:6180Healthcare Analytics3
MSCI:9160Supply Chain Analytics3
MKTG:9165Digital Marketing Analytics3

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College and of the program; see Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College and program requirements on the Full-Time Master of Business Analytics Admissions web page.