Master of Science in Business Analytics

  • On-Campus
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MS Business Analytics

Harness the power of data to meet today’s business goals.

In today’s technology-driven world, organizations have a mountain of data at their fingertips. But data means nothing without the qualified experts who can transform it into meaningful insights that help drive growth and efficiency.

In this top-ranked master’s in business analytics program, you’ll take a deep dive into building data connections and reports, analyzing probability, and providing insights to drive business forward. You’ll also acquire the industry-relevant experience and hands-on training needed for a highly technical, proactive career in business analytics. 

Tailor your area of technical expertise when you choose one of five specialties within our MSBA program: artificial intelligence, healthcare, financial planning and analytics, marketing analytics, and quantitative finance — and accounting for those with an accounting BS or the equivalent. 

Become the coveted analytics specialist today’s organizations desperately need with an MSBA from Fairfield Dolan, ranked #17 Best Value for Money in the U.S. by QS Business Master’s Rankings, 2023 and #21 Graduate Business Analytics Program by U.S. News & World Report, 2023.

Completion: 12 - 24 months

Schedule: Full-time | Part-time

Start Dates: Fall (September) | Spring (January) | Summer (May)

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#17 Best Value for Money in the U.S.
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MSBA Curriculum

Courses and experiences to elevate your career.

Learn the latest techniques and best practices in data-driven decision making. The master’s in business analytics curriculum was crafted by a world-class advisory board of business leaders and faculty with years of experience in the field, ensuring graduates acquire the career-relevant skills needed to make an immediate impact in this field.

Develop the in-demand skillset today’s employers are seeking, including proficiency in tools such as Python, R, Tableau, SQL, and Excel, in addition to hands-on experience in modeling, machine learning, business intelligence, and data visualization. These practical skills will be put to use in a final capstone project — which past students have gone on to present at conferences, publish in journals, win awards, and leverage to land job opportunities.

Students who gain acceptance into our paid co-op program will gain real-world analytics experience with one of our Fortune 500 corporate partners. You’ll also have the option to earn a NVIDIA Deep Learning Certification, bolstering your resume even further.

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Potential job settings for MSBA degree holders:

  • Technology companies
  • Marketing and market research firms
  • Managerial consulting firms
  • Auditing and accounting firms
  • Banking and financial institutions
  • Sports businesses
  • Data science and quantitative research firms
  • Business development and finance departments within multiple industries

Courses (30 - 36 total credits)

  • Business Analytics
  • Python for Business Analytics
  • Databases for Business Analytics
  • Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics
  • Business Intelligence
  • Machine Learning for Predictive Analytics
  • Specialization or Three (3) Electives of Choice
  • Specializations: Accounting, Artificial Intelligence, Financial Planning and Analysis, Healthcare, Marketing Analytics, Quantitative Finance
  • Capstone: Business Analytics Applications

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AACSB accreditation means that the Dolan School of Business has proven to be among the top 5% in business education anywhere in the world. This quality is recognized across the globe by top employers, other universities, and recruiters.

Lead data-based initiatives in any industry.

Earn your master’s in business analytics online or on-campus.

Highlights

Emerge as an analytics leader.

Your MSBA degree from Fairfield Dolan will give you a leg up on your peers. Employers are in need of qualified professionals to derive meaningful insights from large data sources and deploy analytics-driven solutions at scale. The training and guidance you’ll receive from Fairfield’s distinguished faculty – who are seasoned professionals in the field – will equip and empower you to take on a pivotal role in any organization. Over 99% of our 2021 grads were employed within 90 days of earning their MSBA degree.

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A flexible, STEM-designated program that gives you options.

Our program helps qualify you for employment in the fast-growing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Earn your MS in business analytics on your own terms by taking courses online or on campus, full or part-time. Not ready to commit to the full program? Get started by earning your business analytics certificate from Fairfield and seamlessly transition into the MSBA program when you’re ready.

Data-driven decision making backed by critical thinking and specialized skills.

Our MSBA program is built to create leaders in analytics. You’ll master the state-of-the-art methods and tools employers look for. Plus, our convenient optional certifications will elevate your job-ready skillset.

"Be ready for a challenge and a life changing experience! The path to obtaining the MSBA is difficult, but students have the full support from Dolan faculty and staff to be successful."

– Frank Intrieri Jr.
Vice President at Goodway Technologies

Faculty & Academic Approach

Industry-relevant curriculum delivered by experts.

Our internationally recognized and award-winning faculty members bring years of industry experience to the classroom. They’ll provide you with the support and guidance you need to achieve your academic and career goals. Gain firsthand insight and advice as you earn your master’s in business analytics online or on campus.

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Philip Maymin

Philip Maymin

Dr. Maymin is the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Sports Analytics. He is the Chief Technology Officer for Swipe.bet, and has been an analytics consultant with several NBA teams.

Christopher L. Huntley

Christopher L. Huntley

Dr. Huntley holds a PhD in systems engineering and has published several articles in various business and engineering journals. His special interests include big data, Python for business analytics, and database systems.
Jie Tao

Jie Tao

Dr. Tao has a doctoral degree in information systems and helped design the curriculum for the MSBA program. He has published papers in several journals and presented research at premier academic conferences. His special interests include data analytics, data structure, process mining, and deep learning.

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The Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University offers nationally ranked graduate business programs with a mission of academic excellence by fostering an engaging and diverse learning community. Our partnerships with world-renowned companies and growing group of successful graduates will offer you real-world learning opportunities and lifelong connections. Experience our unmatched placement rates for yourself as you join the vast network of accomplished Fairfield alumni.

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Admissions & Aid

Ongoing support on the path to earning your MSBA online or on campus.

From your first admissions conversation to graduation and beyond, you’ll find support at every turn. The Fairfield University student support network is second-to-none, offering personal, academic, and financial guidance for students earning their MS in business analytics online or in person.

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Admission requirements

Applicants to the master’s in business analytics program must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent).

For the most up-to-date and thorough admission requirements, please visit the Fairfield Dolan admission page.

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Apply for a scholarship or fellowship.

Fairfield Dolan offers merit-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Admitted MSBA students are also eligible to apply for a limited number of entrance scholarships. These one-time awards are applied to offset the cost of your first semester of study. If you want to be considered for these scholarships, it is best to apply early as they are highly competitive.

Synchrony Co-Op Program — For MSBA candidates interested in an immersive internship and potential capstone research with Synchrony Financial.

The Hartford Co-Op Program — For MSBA candidates interested in an immersive full-time internship and potential capstone research with The Hartford.

Please contact Leanne De Los Santos at ldelossantos@fairfield.edu for additional information.

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