M.S. Business Analytics

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MSBA Overview

The emergence of advanced technologies for capturing, preparing and analyzing data provides unprecedented opportunities for those with business analytics expertise that spans all industries and organizations. Combine your business skills and analytical acumen to become a professional with a Master of Science degree in Business Analytics (MSBA).

By earning your master’s in business analytics, you will be increasing your viability in a competitive market because recruiters regularly seek out those with an MSBA degree. The skills you will acquire as part of our MSBA program can be put to use in everything from small businesses and start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, so you will just need to determine your best fit.

Additionally, research from the McKinsey Global Institute and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that talent for the field of data analytics is sorely needed, so you can be confident in knowing that the education you will receive through our data analytics courses will open numerous doors for your career.

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Three-Foci STEM Program

The language of business today is dependent on information and data management. The Kent State University MSBA program provides you with a holistic knowledge of analytics that balances the technologies, analytical methods and business expertise you need to be able to glean useful information from data and make strategic business decisions.

With our STEM designation, international F-1 students might qualify for OPT (Optional Practical Training), which helps them to acquire additional career experience while at Kent State.

Our University Environment

With a KSU MSBA, you will gain the technical, analytical, communication, decision-making and leadership skills you need to be a successful business analyst. The curriculum includes integrative capstone analysis projects along with an internship option for more professional development through our on-site Career Services Office that is dedicated to business students.

And in addition to your data analytics coursework at Kent State, you will appreciate Kent, Ohio’s small-town charm along with its close proximity to major cities. Akron, Cleveland and Pittsburgh are all reasonable drives away, so you will be able to get out and explore whenever you’re free.

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If you would like to know more about our MS in business analytics, or want to get a better sense of what goes into our data analytics courses, be sure to reach out to us today.

MSBA Requirements

Requirements for the MSBA program include a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or business and prerequisites in statistics, mathematics, information systems and business.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate statistics course and 3 hours of mathematics, including linear algebra
  • Business requirement may be waived with 3+ years of industry experience or the requirement can be fulfilled with Principles of Management (MIS 24163) or Leadership and Managerial Assessment (MIS 64158)

TUITION AND FEES:

Tuition and fees for the KSU MSBA program follow the university's general fees structure, plus an additional $1,200 of program fees for full-time students. More information about the Kent State University tuition and fees can be found on Kent State University's tuition & fees page.

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Interested in learning more about the Master of Science degree in Business Analytics? Have a question for a member of our faculty? Be sure to reach out to us and we will assist you however we can.

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Apply to Our MSBA Program

Admission occurs during fall semester only and is highly competitive. Applying early is highly recommended. In addition to the online application form and fee, you must submit:

  • Accredited college/university official transcripts
  • GMAT/GRE score
  • Résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay of goals and objectives
  • TOEFL score (international applicants)

We look forward to seeing you in our master’s in business analytics program so be sure your application materials fully meet the above requirements.

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MSBA Faculty

ASLI M. ARIKAN, PH.D.

Corporate Strategy, Corporate Finance, Growth of New Public Firms

ILGAZ ARIKAN, PH.D.

Competitive Strategy, International Business, Entrepreneurship

ALAN BRANDYBERRY, D.B.A.

Information Systems, Operations Research, Business Analytics, Management Science

PRATIM DATTA, PH.D.

Information Technology, Systems Security, Business Analytics, Infrastructure and Process Redesign and Engineering

NATALIA DRAGAN, PH.D.

Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Data Mining, Business Analytics

AL GUIFFRIADA, PH.D.

Operations, Supply Chain Management, Statistics, Management Science

MARY HOGUE, PH.D.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Differential Work Experiences of Men and Women

DEBORAH ERDOS KNAPP, PH.D.

HRM and OB, HR Analytics and ERP Systems

DONG-HEON (AUSTIN) KWAK, PH.D.

Online Donations, Charity Website Design, ERP, Business Intelligence

JULIA LEVASHINA, PH.D.

Human Resource Management, Impression Management, Biodata and Personality Measures

FELIX OFFODILE, PH.D.

Operations, Supply Chain and Technology Management, Statistics

EDDY PATUWO, PH.D.

Operations Research, Neural Networks, Statistics, Operations Management

GRETA L. POLITES, PH.D.

Habits/Resistance to Change, Business Intelligence Administration, Data Mining, Business Analytics

MURALI S. SHANKER, PH.D.

Simulation, Neural Networks, Optimization, Business Analytics

GEOFFREY STEINBERG, PH.D.

Database Management, Data Visualization, Web/Mobile Development and Programming

MSBA Curriculum

The KSU MSBA is a 12-month, full-time, 30-credit-hour program with eight required and two elective courses. The program is taught by full-time faculty with significant analytical and industry experience. It utilizes hands-on experiential learning, with an in-depth curriculum that focuses on the critical facets of business analytics.

While in our master of science business analytics program, students will gain vital experience and knowledge through our data analytics courses, which will prepare them for numerous exciting career fields.

CORE REQUIREMENTS (24 CREDIT HOURS):

Business Analytics

  • Data Mining Techniques
  • Advanced Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
  • Quantitative Management Models
  • Analytics in Practice
  • Database Management and Database Analytics
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Capstone Project in Business Analytics

ELECTIVES (6 CREDIT HOURS):

The MSBA program allows students to customize their education with six credit hours of electives that include the following:

  • Data Science
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Clinical Analytics
  • Systems Simulation
  • Marketing Research
  • Econometrics
  • Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Internship in Business Analytics

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If you have any questions about our data analytics courses, or what to expect from our master’s in business analytics program, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

Our faculty and staff are more than happy to guide you through the program requirements and let you know what’s in store for you when you decide to earn your MSBA.

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