M.S. in Business Analytics

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 a master’s in business analytics, you will be increasing your viability in a competitive market for sought-after analytics professionals.


Rouzbeh Razavi, Ph.D.

Director, MSBA Program


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Program Features

The MSBA Program is available both 100% online and in-person.


  • Ranked amongst top MSBA programs globally.

  • Designed based on collaborations and inputs from top industry experts.

  • STEM designated program with extended OPT eligibility.

  • Earn your MSBA degree in 12 months.

  • High job placement rates for graduates within a few months after graduation.

  • Hands-on, project based comprehensive analytics training.

  • Close collaborations with industry partners.

  • Opportunity for paid internships and teaching assistantships.

  • GRE/GMAT waiver is available for those with 3+ years of related work experience.

Core Competencies

Data Mining & Machine Learning

Quantitative Algorithms

Software Tools

Business Acumen

Databases & Data Processing

Applied Probability & Statistics

Admission Requirements

Admission occurs during fall semesters only and is 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 (Can be waived for applicants with 3+ years of relevant work experience).
  • Résumé.
  • Names and contact details of three references.
  • Essay of goals and objectives.
  • TOEFL score (international applicants)

Tuition and Financial Assistance

As of Fall 2019:

Full-Time Program:

Domestic Students: $525 per credit hour .

International Students: $979 per credit hour .

$600/semester MSBA Program fee.


Online Program:

$830 per credit hour (no program fee).


More Tuition & Fees information available here.


Teaching Assistantships and Scholarships

Teaching assistantships and scholarships are available. These awards are very competitive and are awarded on the basis of academic merit. All MSBA students are automatically considered for scholarship opportunities (i.e., there is no need for a separate application).

Curriculum Structure


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


  • Business Analytics
  • Fundamentals of Machine Learning
  • Advanced Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
  • Quantitative Management Models
  • Analytics in Practice
  • Database Management and Database Analytics
  • Advanced Machine Learning
  • Capstone Project in Business Analytics


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

Examples of Course Projects with Real Data

  • Predicting Churn for a Mobile Operator
  • Building a Recommendation System for an Online Retailer
  • Designing a job scheduler for an Academic Institute
  • Predicting Credit Card Default for a Bank

Course Offerings

MIS 64036:  Business Analytics
MIS 64082:  Database Management and Database Analytics
MIS 64060:  Fundamentals of Machine Learning
MIS 64018:  Quantitative Management Modeling
MIS 64037:  Advanced Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
MIS 64061: Advanced Machine Learning
MIS 64038:  Analytics in Practice
MIS 64098:  Capstone Project in Business Analytics



The MSBA program at Kent State University is taught by full-time faculty with analytical and industry experience.


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 Rouzbeh Razavi, Ph.D.
 Director, MSBA Program