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Master of Science Professional Business Analytics

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Program Overview

The MS, Professional Business Analytics (MSPBA) is for the business professional with previous work experience.

The MSPBA prepares you to further develop necessary skills to make data-driven decisions by collecting, organizing and describing datasets. Students enrolled in the MSPBA will be working in a full-time or part-time position or be completing an internship, job shadowing opportunity, or other experiential learning opportunity. Students will be able to infer and make predictions based on data to make optimal business decisions. Assignments are drawn from real business situations so that students may gain valuable business experience in solving problems. Business Analytics is fast becoming a key skill needed by companies competing in a fast-paced and often unpredictable business environment.

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Total Credit Hours: 31



Hybrid: 5 semesters / 20 months


Fall: August | Spring: January Summer: May

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Primarily online with a seated intensive once per semester


Spring 2024 — January, 1, 2024

** The duration of this program does not include the addition of foundation courses. The timeline may be longer for students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA.
The timeline may be shorter (as few as 16 months) for students who are approved to take extra courses each semester.
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As an extracurricular opportunity, you can join our undergraduate students and form teams in the national cyber Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions. Anderson University has homegrown CTF practice sites where students can hone their skills while preparing for national-level competitions. At the undergraduate level, AU students have ranked in the top 5% in national competitions. Participation in CTF competitions can help you be more competitive in the marketplace for internships and full-time employment. Many employers in the cybersecurity industry look for students who are active in CTF competitions.

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Why AU?

Why AU?

Anderson University is a student-oriented community where our core process is teaching and learning aimed at the development of graduates of disciplined intelligence, competence, and character. Our MSPBA differs from programs at other universities in the following ways:

  • Flexibility of online courses with a short intensive in-person session each semester
  • Strong support from caring professors who want to help them succeed in their goals
  • Global networking opportunities
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Applicants must:

  • complete an Anderson University Graduate Studies Admission Application with a nonrefundable application fee. Details are available at https://link.andersonuniversity.edu/apply/;
  • have earned an appropriate cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or greater;
  • in the case of international students, if English is not the student’s first language, minimum standards must be attained as follows:
    • TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 220 (computer) or 75 (internet); 
    • IELTS score of 6;
    • ELS level 112 Completion Certificate or AGAPE level 5 is required; 
    • Dulingo score of 100 or above; 
    • Pearson PTE score of 50 or above; or
    • iTEP score of 3.7 or above.

Career outlook for Business Analytics:

  • Data analyst
  • Market research analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Chief Data Officer
  • Predictive analyst
  • Operations research
  • Data architect

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Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admission or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at: https://catalog.andersonuniversity.edu

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