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Master of Science in Business Analytics

Our data-rich world provides abundant opportunities for those who thrive on making strategic decisions based on analytics. Those who seek hidden opportunities and solutions in the complex data collected every day. People capable of relaying data-enabled insights in concise and compelling ways. Big data means countless opportunities for future leaders with the skills to harness, interpret, and leverage data that drives change.

The Providence College Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) degree program is your key to entering the booming business analytics field. Delivered by expert faculty from both the School of Business and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, the PC MSBA is a rigorous, quantitative program that blends best practices from math, computer science, finance, and operations management. As a result, you learn more than the field’s current programs. You also learn the critical thinking skills required to adapt as the tools of the profession evolve.

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Benefits of a PCSB MS in Business Analytics Degree

The PC Master of Science in Business Analytics degree teaches cutting-edge business analytic tools, as well as the reasoning and visualization skills needed to identify meaningful data, interpret data, and design informed, strategic action. Upon graduation, graduates will:

  • Understand descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive forms of analytics.
  • Know when and how to apply various analytic tools.
  • Understand how analytics improves decision-making through a value chain.
  • Obtain hands-on experience with an array of analytical tools and software, including R, Python, SQL, and Tableau.
  • Effectively tell a story with data to a range of stakeholders.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in a real world consulting project.

Students do not need a business, math, or computer science background to succeed in the PC MSBA. It is open to those with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. People interested in analytical careers in public policy, social service, health care management, IT, government, economics, insurance, scientific research, as well as financial services, human resources, logistics, marketing, accounting, operations, and more would all learn the skills needed to excel in this lucrative field.

Full-Time

The PC MSBA program consists of 30 credit hours (10 classes), which you can complete in one year through the full-time program. There are two foundational requirements to meet prior to starting the program in the fall:  (1) Microsoft Excel certification, which is available online or through the PC Center for Career Education & Professional Development, and (2) a college-level statistics course (with a grade of B or better) or MTH 217: Statistics. The MSBA concludes with a real-world project consulting project. Through it all you will form tight-knit connections with your cohort, learning together as classmates and forming a vital career network.

Full-Time (1 Year) Schedule

Fall

  • MSA 680: Data Exploration, Visualization & Data Management
  • MSA 682: Python for Analytics
  • MSA 681: Visual Story Telling with Data
  • MBA 687: Statistics for Business Analytics

Winter

  • MBA 688: Predictive Analytics & Intro to Data Mining

Spring

  • MSA 683: Advanced Data Management
  • MSA 684: Machine Learning and Advanced Data Mining
  • MBA 690: Analytics in Operations Management
  • Graduate Business Elective

Summer

  • MSA 685: Business Analytics Consulting Project

Graduate courses are taught online, in hybrid formats, and in-person on the beautiful Providence College campus. The School of Business is housed in the state-of-the-art Ryan Center for Business Studies, which features technologically advanced classrooms and computer labs, study spaces, the Eaton Street Cafe, and free parking.

Part-Time

The PC MSBA program consists of 30 credit hours (10 classes), which you can complete in two years through the part-time program. There are two foundational requirements to meet prior to starting the program in the first fall semester:  (1) Microsoft Excel certification, which is available online or through the PC Center for Career Education & Professional Development, and (2) a college-level statistics course (with a grade of B or better) or MTH 217: Statistics. The MSBA concludes with a real-world project consulting project. Through it all you will form tight-knit connections with your cohort, learning together as classmates and forming a vital career network.

Part-Time (2 Year) Schedule

First Year

Fall

  • MSA 680: Data Exploration, Visualization & Data Management
  • MBA 687: Statistics for Business Analytics

Winter

  • No classes

Spring

  • MBA 690: Analytics in Operations Management
  • MSA 683: Advanced Data Management

Summer

  • No Classes

Second Year

Fall

  • MSA 682: Python for Analytics
  • MSA 681: Visual Story Telling with Data

Winter

  • MBA 688: Predictive Analytics & Intro to Data Mining

Spring

  • MSA 684: Machine Learning and Advanced Data Mining
  • Graduate Business Elective

Summer I

  • MSA 685: Business Analytics Consulting Project

Graduate courses are taught online, in hybrid formats, and in-person on the beautiful Providence College campus. The School of Business is housed in the state-of-the-art Ryan Center for Business Studies, which features technologically advanced classrooms and computer labs, study spaces, the Eaton Street Cafe, and free parking.

Well-Known Quality with Surprisingly Affordable Tuition

At the Providence College School of Business, we’re shaping a different kind of business education – teaching people the skills they need to find common ground, thoughtfully analyze options, and contribute ethically to solutions together. Our students learn a versatile, collaborative, problem-solving approach that makes them indispensable to employers and personally fulfilled.

The Providence College faculty are known nationally for their expertise in analytics. They are also teaching experts who design engaging courses and are committed to your success.

We understand that a graduate degree is an investment. An investment of your time and money in yourself, your career, and your future. However, that doesn’t mean it has to cost a fortune. In fact, the Providence College MSBA is surprisingly affordable. Our tuition rates are lower than many other area programs and financial aid is available for full-time students.

The Providence College School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a distinction held by only 5 percent of business schools worldwide.

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