Master of Science in Business Analytics


Build a career in the growing and important field of business analytics. As firms have access to increasingly large amounts of data about their customers, costs, and suppliers, highly trained analysts who examine this information have become essential for improving operations, increasing the yield on marketing programs, and optimizing pricing and financing. UCR’s graduate degree in business analytics will extend your background in business or a quantitative discipline to bring your business acumen and statistical computing skills to a level that allows you to make the most of this vast business data.

The UCR graduate program in Business Analytics is a rigorous STEM program jointly offered by the School of Business and the Department of Statistics in the College of Agricultural and Natural Sciences. The curriculum focuses on:

• Statistical computing to describe marketing, logistics and financing patterns
• Testing models for improved operating efficiency, lowering costs and targeting the needs of customers
• Forecasting revenues and consumer demand
• Identifying trends in financial markets and using financial data to hedge operations

All students in the program take highly quantitative courses in data analysis and statistical computing, as well as a two-quarter, experiential learning capstone class that applies your understanding of business analytics to a project.

Gain your degree in nine months of intensive study or follow a flexible schedule that combines your studies with industry work experience.
GMAT/GRE is Optional
As COVID-19 has caused disruption to the global standardized testing infrastructure, and in an effort to support our prospective students, the University of California, A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management will not require the GMAT or GRE exam for applicants for Fall 2021.
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Are you seeking to be a data driven professional? The admissions committee is looking for applicants with an academic background in quantitative disciplines such as mathematics, business, finance, economics, statistics, engineering, computer science, information systems, and the physical sciences.

If lacking the academic background described above, consideration will also be given to those who have significant work experience in the area of business analytics, marketing research or have developed a strong quantitative background through additional coursework or relevant work experience. Please share any certifications or licenses acquired if you think it could further inform the admissions committee.
Schedule your personal consultation
We offer free practice GMAT and GRE exams with a personal consultation. The recruitment team also offers half-day visits, during which we host students for one-on-one meetings with admissions directors at AGSM. Our student ambassadors will join the prospective student in attending a class of their choice, and complete the visit with a networking lunch at one of UCR's on-campus restaurants.
How to Apply
To apply to any of the AGSM Graduate Programs, you will need to complete an online application and submit the required documents listed below. Please note that not all documents are necessary to start and complete your online application. Refer to the Graduate Division website for specific application instructions.

If you need to contact our office about your application, please make sure to include your full name (as entered on your application) and Application ID on all correspondence.


The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program requires completion of 48 units for graduation.
Full-time or part-time program
The MSBA program can be completed in as little as three quarters of full-time study. It is also appropriate for part-time students who wish to spread out the coursework over a longer period of time. By taking three courses per quarter, students can do a summer internship and finish the degree in one calendar year. The program allows for study in a particular career track, finance, marketing or operations, through elective courses in these disciplines. Our dedicated program advisors will help you design the program that best fits your timeline and career interests.
Required Courses
Required courses for all MSBA students

MGT 256 Business Analytics for Management
STAT 208 Statistical Data Mining
STAT 232 Statistics for Business Analytics
MGT 286A-B Capstone in Business Analytics (2 quarter course, 8 units)

Required courses dependent on student's undergraduate studies background (4 courses)

STAT 205 Discrete Data Analysis
STAT 206 Statistical Computing
MGT 233 Marketing Research
MGT 267 Applied Business Forecasting


MGT 202 Financial Management
MGT 204 Cost and Management Accounting
MGT 207 Operations Management for Competitive Advantage
MGT 209 Marketing Management
Elective Courses for Finance Career Track
MGT 252 or Investments and Portfolio Management or
MGT 295F Empirical Methods in Finance

MGT 232 Derivatives
MGT 244 or Corporate Risk Management or
MGT 227 Fixed Income
Elective Courses for Marketing Career Track
MGT 228 or MGT 257 Consumer Behavior or Marketing Strategy
MGT 253 Internet Marketing
MGT 251 Market Assessment
Elective Courses for Operations Career Track
MGT 221 Decision Making Under Uncertainty
MGT 258 Logistics and Supply Chain Management
MGT 239 Simulation for Business


Required Documents
• Statement of purpose
• Personal history essay
• Resume/CV
• One letter of recommendation
• Official transcripts
• Official GMAT or GRE scores
GMAT Institution Code: 346-VD-62
GRE Institution Code: 4839
For International Applicants Only
• Official TOEFL or IELTS scores TOEFL Institution Code: 4839
• International Applicant Sponsorship Information Form


Our graduate programs are made up of diverse and talented students who have demonstrated promise to become future business leaders – and we won’t let financial obstacles get in the way of your success.

Generous scholarships are considered for all qualified applicants based on a holistic review of your background. In fact, 95% of our 2020-21 class received scholarship funding. Your academic, personal and professional achievements can qualify you for several of the scholarships we offer.

California applicants receive an automatic tuition discount and are eligible for other scholarships. If you are applying from out-of-state or are an international student, we offer several exclusive scholarships for you as well.
Master of Science in Business Analytics Program Tuition
The field of business analytics is on the rise and has a bright outlook for high paying job opportunities. A Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) degree can qualify individuals for jobs as an analytics consultant, data scientist, business analyst manager, or an analyst specializing in management, market research, or operations research. Professionals with an MSBA degree may earn salaries between $90,000 to $250,000 for mid- to senior level analytics positions.

UCR’s new MSBA degree is a 48-unit program, which can be completed in 9 months (3 quarters/1 academic year) or at a flexible pace to accommodate working schedules. Tuition is calculated by unit and payments are made on a quarterly basis. While tuition for the MSBA degree is not yet established, students can anticipate a cost comparable to that of other UCR AGSM specialty master’s programs.

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