Master of Science in Business Analytics

Discover the best ways to analyze big data in today’s fast-changing, data-driven world. The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program gives you a deep understanding of how to analyze large amounts of data and provide innovative solutions to modern business challenges. Our program attracts students from diverse academic backgrounds who are seeking to strengthen their quantitative abilities and want to specifically address how companies can fuel growth and change through data.

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Why Get a Smith MS Business Analytics Degree?

Maryland Smith’s MSBA program teaches you how to solve pressing business challenges by applying analytics tools, software, programming and other technologies to your work. Whether you have a liberal arts or quantitative undergraduate degree, we offer resources that introduce you to code, IT and key mathematical concepts so that you'll leave the program competent and confident in your skills. You'll also gain a solid business management foundation that will help you communicate your findings to leadership and get ahead in the business world.

Develop Confidence in your Quantitative Abilities

We'll help you transition into the program early on through foundational courses that teach you how to code, use in-demand technology and gain basic analytical skills.

Partner with a Real Business

Before graduating, you’ll partner with a real company and use data to help solve business problems using the technical and analytical skills you’ve gained.

Participate in Data Competitions

Participate in data competitions and other projects that connect you with top employers and mirror the type of work you'll do in the real-world.

Alumni Profiles

Our MSBA students pursue competitive and exciting opportunities in their fields after graduating. Their experiences at Maryland Smith helped them to expand their network, solidify their career goals and prepared them to perform their job responsibilities a step above the rest.

“My data analysis courses not only sharpened my SQL, Python and analytical skills, but also helped me present findings in the best way. I frequently use these skills when I handle business data requests from my clients at work.”

Lavanya Rallabandi, MSBA ’19
BTech Electronic Communications and Engineering
Associate, Axtria

“I’m grateful for the amazing friendships and opportunities Smith has provided me. The environment is inclusive and this community is behind me all the way.”

Pearl Yu, MSBA ’19
BS Business Administration and Management

“I was confused about which elective to take. I emailed Tunay Tunca, and he gave a detailed response about each course. His accessibility was extremely valuable.”

Sahitya Angara, MSBA ’20
Business Intelligence Engineer

“Being able to interact and share experiences with students from all over the world is a rare opportunity. I've learned and expanded my knowledge of people from places I didn’t know much about.”

Bing Wu, MSBA ’19
BE Materials Science
Data Scientist, SAP

MS Business Analytics at a Glance

Average tuition money saved by pursuing a business master’s degree through the Plus 1 program compared with a traditional graduate program path.

Available as a Plus 1 Program 

If you're a current University of Maryland freshman, sophomore or junior, you can pursue your MS Business Analytics degree through the Plus 1 program. You’ll save time and thousands of dollars on graduate tuition though this accelerated business master’s program.

Learn More: Plus 1 Program

Apply and Receive Admissions Benefits

Maryland Advantage can make it easier for applicants who have completed their undergraduate and/or graduate degree in the United States to transition into the business master’s program by helping them save money on tuition, skip graduate entrance exams and get personalized career counseling before starting their program.

Learn More: Admissions

Acquire Valuable Skills

Our Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) students are data-informed thinkers who excel in calculus, linear algebra, statistics and other quantitative subjects. We’ll build on your talents by teaching you the ins and outs of  popular tools and concepts, including:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Business Value of Big Data
  • Digital Marketing Strategies
  • Excel Solver and Solver Table
  • Google Analytics
  • Hadoop
  • Hive
  • Linear, Integer and Nonlinear Optimization
  • Machine Learning
  • Monte-Carlo Simulation
  • Price Optimization
  • Price-Response Functions
  • Python
  • R
  • Spark
  • SQL
  • Structured Problem-Solving Process
  • Text Analytics
  • Time Series Forecasting

Learn from Expert Faculty

Your professors are savvy, well-connected leaders whose research has changed the world of business analytics. They will push you to take your skills to the next level and offer valuable guidance as you navigate your coursework and career.

Suresh Acharya

Professor of Practice

M. Gisela Bardossy

Associate Clinical Professor

John Bono

Associate Clinical Professor

Zhi-Long Chen

Orkand Corporation Professor of Management Science

Jessica M. Clark

Assistant Professor of Information Systems

Xiaojia Guo

Assistant Professor

Sujin Kim

Associate Clinical Professor

Woei-jyh (Adam) Lee

Associate Clinical Professor

S. Raghu Raghavan

Dean's Professor of Management Science and Operations Management

Tunay Tunca

Dean's Professor of Management Science and Operations Management

Yi Xu

Associate Professor of Operations Management

Where Your Degree Can Take You

MSBA Students Who Secure Employment within Six Months of Graduating
Average Starting Salary of our MSBA Graduates

10-year job growth for operations research analysts

Sources: Maryland Smith’s Office of Career Services, GMAC, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Picture Yourself in These Job Roles

Business Intelligence Analyst

Data Analyst

Data Scientist

Operations Research Analyst

Quantitative Analyst / Modeler

Risk Analyst

“My team worked with an international retailer, using Google Analytics to run a marketing campaign for their business. I used data to drive their decision making.”

Bryce Trezise
BCom Economics
MS Business Analytics '19
Advisory Consultant, Deloitte

Businesses who have Hired our MS Business Analytics Grads

Boost Your Professional Skills 

Maryland Smith’s Office of Career Services (OCS) can help you bridge the gap between being a student and an employed professional. You’ll have one-on-one access to a career coach who will provide you with personalized tips on how to articulate your strengths when interacting with your future employer.

Learn More: Office of Career Services

Connect With Your Classmates

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to make connections at Smith and engage in exciting social activities through the Smith Masters Student Association. You can join an business analytics-related club or others that provide you with general connections and skills.

Learn More: Smith Masters Student Association

MSBA Advisory Council

MSBA Advisory Council

Advisory Councils keep us actively engaged with industry leaders and experts, who bring their real-world experience to help shape what students learn, match classroom lessons to real-world needs, and widen the pipeline for internship and job opportunities.


Van Munching Hall

Contact Us

Business Master's Office
2303 Van Munching Hall
College Park, Maryland 20742-1815
Phone: 301-405-2559
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

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