Business Analytics Master’s At 100 Top B-Schools

The Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota advanced in U.S. News' ranking

The Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota advanced in U.S. News’ ranking

Without a doubt, the business analytics master’s is the belle of the specialty degree ball. Roughly a third of the top 100 business schools have rolled out these programs, in response to fast-rising demand for workers trained to wrangle and analyze the big data streams that are getting bigger by the second. For companies of virtually any size in any industry, the mining and processing of big data is a do-or-die proposition.

“Business analytics is determining the winners and losers in most industries,” Kenneth Gilbert, an emeritus prof at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Haslam College of Business, told Forbes. “Ford cites analytics as playing a major role in its turnaround. Many companies such as Amazon, Google and Capital One have built their entire business model around analytics. Companies that see this are looking for the talent needed to integrate business analytics into their business strategy.”

Now, there’s no need to go as ga-ga over the data science revolution as did the Harvard Business Review, which titled an article on business analytics “Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.” The HBR article highlighted the fact that the field is growing faster than the output of trained data scientists. “Much of the current enthusiasm for big data focuses on technologies that make taming it possible, including Hadoop (the most widely used framework for distributed file system processing) and related open-source tools, cloud computing, and data visualization,” the article says. “While those are important breakthroughs, at least as important are the people with the skill set (and the mind-set) to put them to good use. On this front, demand has raced ahead of supply. Indeed, the shortage of data scientists is becoming a serious constraint in some sectors.”

Here’s a great list to start exploring a master’s in business analytics. For the first time, we’re compiled a list of the programs at Poets&Quants‘ Top 100 business schools, ranked by their full-time MBA programs. The halo effect from a flagship program brings prestige to the business school brand that covers all their other business offerings.

Business Analytics Master’s At 100 Top Schools

RankSchoolProgramDurationProgram Tuition
7MIT Sloan School of ManagementBusiness Analytics1 year$75,000
11Duke University Fuqua School of BusinessBusiness Analytics10 months$65,000
15University of California at Los Angeles AndersonBusiness Analytics13 months$62,579
16NYU Stern School of BusinessBusiness Analytics (part-time)1 year$68,750
18University of Texas-Austin McCombs School of BusinessBusiness Analytics<1 yearIn-state: $36,000; out-of-state: $44,000
20Emory University Goizueta Business SchoolBusiness Analytics10 months$57,000
21Indiana University Kelley School of BusinessBusiness Analytics (online)18 months (or up to five years)$38,100
24Notre Dame Mendoza College of BusinessBusiness Analytics1 year$57,100
25Michigan State Broad College of BusinessBusiness Analytics

1 year

In-state: $36,000; out-of-state: $39,000
26USC Marshall School of Business

Business Analytics

1 year (also part-time)$51,300
29University of Minnesota Carlson School of ManagementBusiness Analytics (also part-time version)1 year (part-time: 3 years)In-state: $41,265; out-of-state: $57,015 (Part-time: in-state: $54,000; out-of-state: $68,175
30Washington University Olin Business SchoolCustomer Analytics18 months$72,930
34Georgia Tech Scheller College of BusinessAnalytics

1 year

In-state: $36,000; out-of-state: $49,000
35University of Maryland Smith School of BusinessMarketing Analytics9 monthsIn-state: $46,140; out-of-state $55,590
36Arizona State Carey School of BusinessBusiness Analytics (also online version)9 months (online: 16 months)In-state: $31,600; out-of-state: $47,800; international: $48,000 (online: $43,500)
37University of Iowa Tippie College of Business

Business Analytics

1-2 years$19,950
38University of Rochester Simon Business SchoolMarketing Analytics (also part-time)9-10 months (part-time: avg. 3 1/2 years)$63,000 (part-time: $62,820)
38University of Rochester Simon Business SchoolBusiness Analytics (also part-time)10 months or 17 months (internship track); (part-time: avg. 3 1/2 years)$63,000 (part-time: $71,545)
39Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business

Business Analytics

9 months$41,850
44Purdue University Krannert School of ManagementBusiness Analytics and Information Management11 monthsIn-state: $29,000; out-of-state: $46,000
49George Washington University School of Business

Business Analytics

1 year  (part-time: 20 months)$50,985
50Temple University Fox School of Business

Business Analytics

1 year (full-time); up to 3 years (part-time)In-state: $32,460; out-of-state $45,330
52University of Texas-Dallas Jindal SOM

Business Analytics

18 or 24 monthsIn-state: 18 months: $23,967; 24 months: $26,760; out-of-state: 18 months: $45,444; 24 months: $48,452
54College of William & Mary Mason School of Business

Business Analytics

1 year

In-state: $33,000 (plus $6,000 fees); out-of-state: $39,000 (plus $6,000 fees)
61U.C. San Diego Rady SOM

Business Analytics

1 year

$52,900
66University of Miami School of Business Administration

Business Analytics

10 months

$55,500
68Louisiana State Ourso College of BusinessAnalytics1 yearIn-state: $12,463; out-of-state: $34,901
70University of Colorado Leeds School of Business

Business Analytics

1 year$35,446
71University of Tennessee-Knoxville Haslam College of Business

Business Analytics

3 semestersIn-state: $21,903; out-of-state: $49,575
72Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead SOM

Business Analytics

11 months$47,500
73University of Connecticut Storrs School of BusinessBusiness Analytics & Project Management (also part-time)1 1/2 years$28,875
77University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business

Business Analytics

9-12 monthsIn-state: $20,958; out-of-state: $28,796 (12 months: additional $890-$3,560)
78American University Kogod School of BusinessAnalytics (also part-time)1-2 years$50,358
82Iowa State College of BusinessBusiness Analytics (online)21 months$16,440
99Fordham University Gabelli School of Business

Business Analytics

12-16 months$40,560
100Texas Tech Rawls College of BusinessData Science1 year$16,000

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  • Leah Kelly

    You’ve forgotten Carnegie Mellon! Highly rated MBA and MIS programs. Not a student there, just been doing a lot of research… 🙂

  • JohnAByrne

    There really is no credible list of the best master’s in analytics programs. If you search, you’ll find things that might pretend to be rankings but really they are just deceptive efforts to do lead generation for schools of lesser quality. If you are looking for a master’s in analytics outside the U.S., I would do what we did: Go to the very best schools (ranked on the basis of their full-time MBA programs) and see what is available. You can find a list of the best international programs here:

    http://poetsandquants.com/2016/12/19/poetsquants-2016-ranking-best-international-business-schools/

  • ‘Merica

    It’s either America or nothing man. Don’t sweat it though.

  • Hashim Ahmed Aslam

    Where can I get the world ranking which includes all other countries as well?

  • apoorv.singhal193@gmail.com

    Uconn for sure. They have very high placement statistics, especially in the field of Sports Analytics.

  • Hersh

    MS BAPM at UConn or MS BA at Fordham?

    Any advice people?
    I am an international student who has lived in NY for over 6 years and have 2-3 years of work ex in the business analysis field. Can’t make up my mind between UConn and Fordham.

    Thank you