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Master of Science in Business Analytics

Learn to create and innovate using data with a STEM-designated Masters in Business Analytics from Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois.

In less than a year, students develop the key skill set high-demand jobs require through a strong integration of business application area expertise such as finance, information systems, and accountancy, and data science skills including gathering, managing, analyzing, and communicating data. Graduates will leverage business analytics methods and tools to solve complex business problems.

This is a full-time, residential, intensive program for those interested in making decisions and innovating through the use of business analytics approaches. 

Applications are open for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 terms. View application deadlines
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Make data the foundation of your story

Expand your career choices. Use business analytics to identify and develop innovative solutions across industries. Our robust curriculum gives you flexibility to tailor your learning to one of three pathways:

  • Accounting Analytics
  • Business Analytics
  • Financial Analytics

Students choose 16-24 credit hours of analytics electives plus up to 8 credits of general electives. This focus on specialization – as well as the option to extend a semester - sets us apart from other programs. View a sample schedule.

Exceed expectations for high-demand jobs

Faculty prepare you to excel at the analytics, management, and application of data that high-demand jobs require. Transform your career by learning how to apply analytics methods and tools to solve your industry’s most challenging business problems with a master's in business analytics.

Gies is known for its innovative approach to business education and business analytics. For more than 100 years the College has intentionally designed its innovative programs, leading-edge curriculum and experiential learning opportunities to empower and prepare students to turn big ideas into meaningful actions. It is home to the University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics, which develops analytics teaching models used by business schools around the world.

Jobs outlook: Accelerate your career trajectory

There’s a sharp growth in interest in business analytics master’s degree graduates. Employers project a 71% increase in hiring over the previous year (Eduvantis). Companies of all sizes and industries are seeking out a broad range of expertise, including data analysts, business intelligence analysts, and data-driven decision makers.

Salaries for graduates are already showing higher averages, around $95,000, than for any other specialized business master’s program (2020 Corporate Recruiters Survey, GMAC). An MSBA degree from Gies College of Business will give you a competitive advantage for these positions whether you are a recent graduate or mid-career looking to accelerate your promotability.

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“The future is limitless for those with a deep understanding of analytics. We teach you how to translate data into action to solve business challenges and identify innovative opportunities.”

Jeffrey Loewenstein
Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Professor of Business Administration and Center for Professional Responsibility Faculty Fellow

Gies News and Events

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Bertram helping build a bridge for the next generation

Jim Bertram joined Gies as an instructor of finance this fall after spending 32 years in investment banking, working for major firms like Salomon Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Banc of America Securities, and William Blair. He will be teaching Investment Banking (FIN 463) this fall and succeeding Rob Metzger as the director of the Investment Banking Academy in January.

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Torelli: From civil engineer to Gies department head

Carlos Torelli will apply his engineering mindset and marketing expertise to his new role as head of the Department of Business Administration at Gies. “We have a responsibility to give back in academia at a certain point in our careers. I returned to Gies because I knew they would value my skills and my background and give me the opportunity to make an impact."