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Fully Online Master's in Business Analytics (MSBA) Program

Now Accepting Applications

In today’s ever-changing, technology-driven world, organizations are swimming in data, and finding ways to analyze and use all the facts and figures is crucial to business success. Fairfield’s master's in business analytics program is designed for busy professionals who want to propel their organizations forward through sound strategic decisions based on a keen understanding of data and statistical methods. Starting fall 2020, students can choose either a fully online program or the traditional on-campus program. This degree is STEM Designated and provides students with the ability to compete for the growing employment demand of jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.


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Meet Our Business Analytics Grad Students

Anirban Chakraborty

MS in Business Analytics


Manager at PwC
Undergraduate Degree: BE, Electronics & Communication Engineering, North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology

The learning environment and judicious combination of in-class teaching and online sessions makes this program a great fit for full-time working individuals. The excellent faculty, academic rigor, and flexible program make Fairfield’s MSBA program stand out.

Juliana Hoffmann ’18

MS in Business Analytics


Undergraduate Degree: BS, Marketing, Fairfield University

Fairfield University creates an inclusive environment for all students to succeed and gives students a competitive edge when applying to jobs. I appreciate how the education challenges me and takes me out of my comfort zone.

Frank Intrieri

MS in Business Analytics


Vice President of Sales
Undergraduate Degree: BS, Business Administration, Southern Connecticut State University

Be ready for a challenge and a life changing experience! The path to obtaining the MSBA is difficult for a full time working professional, but with the support from the faculty and staff, your dreams of a graduate degree can become a reality. The Dolan School has shown me how rewarding it can be to learn new skills and techniques.

Monica Willson ’18

MS in Business Analytics


Credit Analyst at Perkin Elmer
Undergraduate Degree: BS, Accounting, Fairfield University

Fairfield University is a great Jesuit Institution that really enables you to grow in a thriving, close knit community. I recommend the Dolan School for an advanced degree due to its great community, Jesuit values, wonderful professors, diverse student body, and endless opportunities for growth.

Graduate Business Analytics (MSBA) Students at a Glance

Age Range: 22 – 56
Average Age: 27
Average GPA: 3.80
Female: 35%
Male: 65%

Undergrad Majors: Accounting / Administrative Justice / Biology / Business Administration / Computer Science / Information Systems / Mechanical Engineering / Media, Arts & Communication / Finance / General Studies / Marketing / Physics / Sociology / Software Engineering

Working at: KPMG/ LLP / Henkel / dv01 / Sino-Cloud Changing Copyright Cultural Tourism Fund / Viking Capital

Post-graduation employers: Cannondate / Deloitte / Dnterprise / EY / FACTSET / Indeed / KPMG / Lockheed Martin / OTIS / PwC / ThermoFisher Scientific / Vineyard Vines

Career & Professional Development

Today's graduate student must be prepared with skills to last a lifetime of job searches and career shifts. Dolan’s close partnerships with nationally recognized companies and successful alumni will open the door to top notch learning opportunities and lifelong connections. Whether students are looking to start their career, advance their career within their current organization, or pivot to another career, Dolan will provide graduate business analytics students with the necessary skills and resources needed to succeed.

Professional Co-Op Programs with The Hartford and Synchrony
Fairfield Dolan has partnered with both The Hartford and Synchrony, two Fortune 500 companies, for Co-Op programs for graduate students, particularly those interested in business analytics fields. These opportunities immerse Fairfield graduate students in a real-life work environment, working shoulder-to-shoulder with the employees of the companies on projects. The Programs offer flexible in-person and/or remote positions ranging from 20 to 40 hours per week, 3 to 6 month engagements.

Benefits of these paid Co-Operative opportunities:
• Gain practical work experience in areas that complement student strengths, interests and coursework
• Actively learn and thrive as a responsible team member in the “real world”
• Establish contacts in the workplace for networking and potential employment opportunities
• Develop the marketable skills necessary for success in the workplace

Business Analytics Advisory Board

Chris Calamera ’02
Head of Analytics/Data Science
Sumitomo Mitsui Bank

Hugh Davis ’95

Howard Liao MS’03
Director of Business Intelligence

Sharada Muthusubramanian
SVP of Digital Insight & Analytics
Synchrony Financial

Lindsay (Hueber) Palsho
Director of Digital Marketing
Fidelity Investments

Rommie Samai MS’12
Manager of Advanced Analytics
Prudential Financial

Hema Shivram

Lou Spadaro ’06
Director of Insights & Strategy

Jared Stag ’04
Director of Digital Marketing
Pitney Bowes

Business Analytics (MSBA) Program Requirements

The MSBA curriculum includes 30 credits of coursework, consisting of 10, three-credit courses.

Prerequisite Courses (6 Credits)

  • Applied Business Statistics
  • Python Fundamentals

 Required Courses (21 Credits)

  • Python for Business Analytics
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics
  • Databases for Business Analytics
  • Business Intelligence
  • Machine Learning for Predictive Analytics
  • Capstone: Business Analytics Applications

Specialization or Elective Courses (9 Credits)

  • Accounting: any three graduate accounting or tax courses
  • Artificial Intelligence: classic AI, sports analytics, and deep learning
  • Financial Planning & Analysis: accounting, corporate finance, and shareholder value
  • Healthcare: a choice from a list of Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies courses
  • Marketing Analytics: research and multivariate data analysis
  • Quantitative Finance: a choice from derivatives, fixed income, risk management, portfolio management, and more
  • Without a specialization: your choice of any graduate courses

For complete course descriptions please view the online course catalog.

Admission to Dolan's Business Analytics Program (MSBA)

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) or have completed the equivalent coursework prior to beginning the program.

Dolan Lecture Series

The Dolan Lecture Series features highly accomplished, visionary, and internationally recognized business leaders.

Dean's Executive Forum

The goal of the Dean’s Executive Forum is to feature business leaders across industries to share their experience with students in an informal setting. Programs are developed in collaboration with a Dean’s Executive Forum Student Committee and are held three times a year.

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Graduate Fellowship

Fairfield Dolan offers merit-based graduate fellowships that provide substantial financial support towards the cost of tuition. In addition, students who qualify can apply for a competitive scholarship that covers much of the cost of attending. Admitted students are eligible to apply for a limited number of entrance scholarships. These one-time awards are applied to offset the cost of the first semester of study. As these are very competitive, it is best to apply early if you wish to be considered for this form of support.

Women in Scholars Program-for candidates interested in pursuing a Fairfield Dolan graduate degree program.  This scholarship also includes a mentoring component with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.

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

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

Please contact Leanne De Los Santos, assistant dean of graduate programs at for additional information.

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Leanne De Los Santos, assistant dean of graduate programs, or 203-254-4000, x3219

Not sure if you are ready for the full MSBA? Consider getting a Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence or Business Analytics. All classes count toward an MSBA and you can see if it’s right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions About the MSBA

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in business to apply?

No. The MSBA program is designed to accommodate a variety of students from different backgrounds. Pre-requisite coursework includes college math and statistics. Candidates lacking sufficient pre-requisites will take Applied Business Statistics and/or Python Fundamentals, increasing the degree requirement to 33-36 credits.

How long does it take to complete the business analytics master's degree program?

Full-time candidates can complete the program in as quickly as one year.
Part-time candidates can complete the program in as quickly as two years.

How are courses offered?

  • Traditional: 14-week
  • Accelerated: 7-week
  • Intensive
  • Summer: 7-week accelerated

How are the MSBA courses structured?

Traditional courses are taught as lectures/seminars. Courses offered in other formats are designed to offer the same type of classroom experience as the traditional format. Some classes use online discussion, chats, blogs, electronic portfolios, and more as ways to enhance the course experience. Classes taught fully online deliver lectures through a variety of means, and use any or all of the above methods to ensure student participation, comprehension, and performance.

What is the tuition for this master's in business analytics program?

See tuition and fees for Fairfield University graduate programs.

What is the application deadline for the MSBA?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full.

Do I need to take the GMAT and GRE exam for the MSBA? 

The GMAT/GRE is only required for applicants with low undergraduate GPAs, no advanced degrees or certifications, and no experience. Please refer to our waiver policy here

Can I apply to the MSBA as an international student?

Yes, please review the application requirements for international students. The MSBA program is STEM designated.

Whom do I call if I have questions?

For information, please contact Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Leanne De Los Santos at or 203-254-4000 ext. 3219.

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