Business Analytics

The Master of Science in 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 program offers expert faculty and expansive opportunities for networking. 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.

All courses in the program are offered on campus; a few are also occasionally available on-line. Students may enroll on a full- or part-time basis, but course availability is greatest during the fall and winter semesters. The program usually can be completed within 12 months of full-time study.

Admission is rolling, and students 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.  Students must successfully complete their undergraduate degree before taking any additional graduate-level courses.

MS-Business Analytics Program Goals and Objectives

  • Goal 1:  Students will acquire discipline-specific knowledge in business analytics.
    • Objective 1:  Students will evaluate business analytics approaches.
    • Objective 2:  Students will evaluate relevant business analytics tools and techniques.
  • Goal 2:  Students will develop analytical skills for business problems.
    • Objective 3:  Students will formulate business analytics problems.
    • Objective 4:  Students will synthesize relevant business analytics information.
    • Objective 5:  Students will evaluate business analytics solution alternatives.

MS-Business Analytics Admission Prerequisites

  • Mathematics admission prerequisite
  • GMAT/GRE admission prerequisite, unless applicant qualifies for the exemption

MS- Business Analytics Curriculum

Core Courses
DS 520Applied Statistical Modeling3
DS 570Management Science3
DS 630Applied Forecasting3
DS 631Decision Analysis3
DS 632System Simulation3
DS 633Data Mining for Business Appl3
Select one of the following concentrations12
Total Credit Hours30


Financial Analytics

Select four courses from:12
Devel & Interp Financial Info 1
Econ Analysis: Firm & Consumer 1
Fin Fundament & Value Creation
Topics in Corporate Finance
Corporate Valuation & Strategy
Invstmnt Proc, Analysis & Mgmt
Derivatives & Risk Management
Topics/Investments & Cap Mkts
International Financial Mgt
Graduate Research
Graduate Seminar
Total Credit Hours12

Informational Management and Coordination Analytics

Select one course from:3
Computer and Info Systems
Enterprise Architecture Netwrk
IT Policy and Strategy
Select three courses from:9
Information Management
Information Assurance
Business Intelligence
Info System Quality
Graduate Research
Graduate Seminar
Total Credit Hours12

Marketing Analytics

MKT 515Marketing Management3
MKT 564Graduate Market Research3
Select two courses from:6
Advanced Marketing Management
Understanding Customers
Advertising and Promotion
Global Marketing
Graduate Research
Graduate Seminar
Total Credit Hours12

Supply Chain Analytics

Select four courses from:12
Analytics Experience Capstone
Computer and Info Systems
Operations Management
Supply Chain Management
Analy & Des of Supply Chains
Supply Chain Logis Mgmt
New Prod Design & Development
Strategic Sourcing
Graduate Research
Graduate Seminar
Total Credit Hours12

Courses may not be taken off campus except by prior permission of the Academic Standards Committee. Permission is granted only in the case of unusual, extenuating circumstances.

Previous coursework deemed substantially similar to ACC 505, BE 530, DS 520, FIN 531, MIS 525, MKT 515 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.