M.S. Business Analytics USA

Big Data = Big Opportunities

See why now is the best time ever to get your Master’s in Business Analytics.



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 new master of science 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.

What sets Fairfield’s MSBA apart?

  • Flexible, affordable, convenient
  • Proximity to Fortune 500 companies and New York City
  • Strong regional alumni network
  • Nationally ranked for excellence

Information Session

Come meet our deans and faculty to learn more about our graduate programs.

Message from the Interim Dean

Mark Ligas headshot

We are interested in students from a variety of professional backgrounds, including those in the fields of economics, finance, project management, marketing research, actuarial science, mathematics and statistics to name a few. The MSBA is also appropriate for those coming directly out of undergraduate programs looking to advance their quantitative and managerial backgrounds in order to work in big data positions. Do you want to develop your skills as a data-savvy manager? I'd love to hear from you!

Mark Ligas, PhD
Interim Dean
Director of Graduate Programs
Dolan School of Business



The Dolan Difference

Learn More About the Importance of Analytics in Today’s Business Landscape


The Dolan School of Business has an international reputation for excellence.

U.S. News & World Report
2016 and 2017 "Best Graduate Schools"

The Dolan School of Business has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) since 1977. The AACSB is known as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.

Contact 203-254-4000, Ext. 2843 to learn more.

Course Offerings

Our 30-credit program emphasizes database management and business intelligence, providing students with the tools they need for collecting, analyzing and interpreting information.

Required courses (21 credits)

IS 540 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
OM 400 Principles of Business Analytics
OM 500 Business Model Optimization
QA 400 Applied Business Statistics
QA 500 Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics
IS 505 Python for Business Analytics
IS 510 Databases for Business Analytics


Elective courses (9 credits)

MK 520 Marketing Research
IS 520 Project Management
IS 550 Business Analytics and Big Data Management
A graduate-level math course
Up to 3 graduate courses in a specific field of business (in consultation with the Director of Graduate Programs)


The Marketing Analytics concentration within the M.S. (9 credits)

MK 400 Marketing Management (determined by consultation with Director of Graduate Programs)
MK 520 Marketing Research (required)
MK 580 Multivariate Data Analysis for Decision Making (required)
MK 590 Experimental Research in Marketing (elective)
MK 585 Contemporary Topics in Marketing- e.g., Retail Analytics (elective)

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the M.S. in Business Analytics must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) and have adequate background in the areas of:

  • College-level math
  • College-level statistics

Applicants lacking proper training in these areas will need to take preparatory courses in addition to the main course work.

Formal Admission Process

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Students seeking admission must submit:

Completed Application for Graduate Admission (available online.)

  • A Completed Application for Graduate Admission Form Apply Online
  • A Non-refundable $60 Application Fee
  • A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history. (Submit Online)
  • A Personal Statement of self-evaluation of work experience and career objectives. (Submit Online)
  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.)
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be, preferably, from a current employer or supervisor. The Recommendations are completed online. At the time of application you will need to provide your two Recommender's names and e-mail addresses.
  • Interviews. Applicants may be required to participate in an interview as part of the admission process. If required, candidates will be contacted by the program director to schedule an appointment.
  • *Official Score for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GRE may be substituted for the GMAT.

*The Charles F. Dolan School of Business generally seeks graduate students who meet the following criteria:  an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 accompanied by a GMAT score of at least 500.

International Students

Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, 80 on the Internet-based test (IBT) is strongly recommended for admission. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390.

Please send original supporting application materials and documents that cannot be uploaded into the online application directly to the Business School:

Dolan School of Business
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: (203) 254-4000, Ext.2843
Fax: (203) 254-4029


How to Apply

For detailed admission requirements, please refer to the links below:

Admission Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

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