Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)

Business analytics careers are booming across the fields of IT, financial services, healthcare, and biotech. If you’re an engineer, computer programmer, or other high-tech professional, or if you’re looking to balance out your business or financial experience with increased technical analytics skills, you can advance your career with the Suffolk Master’s of Science in Business Analytics program.

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While earning your MSBA at Suffolk, you'll:

  • Learn from industry experts who are each a mix of practitioners and accomplished scholars
  • Study how to apply analytical functions to the fields of marketing, operations, accounting, finance, and healthcare
  • Learn how to store and manage data, and how data preparation is vital to implementing business analytics
  • Become a leader with the communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills to bridge the gap between data scientists and less-technical business professionals
  • Have access to an extensive professional network of alumni and local industry leaders during, and after, your time at Suffolk

Suffolk’s comprehensive MSBA program uniquely balances business analytics and data management by teaching you business approaches to analytics and exactly how to manage and create projections with stored data sets. Master how to make high-level, data-driven determinations across a wide range of industries and how to communicate analytic information to non-technical business leaders and stakeholders, enabling them to make the best possible strategic decisions.

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What Does the MSBA Do for Your Career?

Graduates of the Suffolk MSBA program have gone on to take jobs at top firms in the industry and have used their degree to catapult their careers to the next level. 
MSBA Outcomes

MSBA Program Overview

Suffolk's Master's in Business Analytics

The Suffolk MSBA program gives you insight into how data preparation is vital to implementing business analytics—the foundation for making analytics-driven decisions to solve business problems and create opportunities for a wide range of industries. Our curriculum is industry-designed, as we’ve done the research to ensure our courses are ahead of the curve.

Statistical Analytical Software (SAS), Excel, and Systems Applications Products (SAP) coursework helps prepare you for additional professional certifications. And the Suffolk MSBA program is STEM-designated, qualifying international students for an additional two years of OPT work in the United States.

In as few as 9 months (full-time) or 21 months (part-time), our MSBA graduates go on to pursue rewarding and successful careers managing data strategies for companies in the information technology, financial services, healthcare, and marketing fields.

MSBA Concentrations

Develop your analytical skills further and gain the professional expertise that top firms demand by choosing one of the concentrations within the Suffolk MSBA program. Each of these help you gain additional skills and knowledge to distinguish you from the pack with a future-focused skill set.

Learn to manage, interpret, and analyze data trends that have unique applications to the accounting field, and to communicate findings in context.

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Learn to build statistical and optimization models that distill essential insights from raw data sets, master the fundamentals of machine learning using Python, and harness the power of data to project forecasts as well as drive data-backed business decisions.

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Develop an understanding of topics such as financial analysis, forecasting, and capital budgeting, and how to apply these trends to analysis of data in finance.

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Examine how machine learning applies to the financial industry and how emerging technology is disrupting the financial landscape.

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Learn to analyze and interpret data in the healthcare field, and discuss how decisions about healthcare have global impacts.

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Gain an understanding of the social science research process with a focus on survey methods in marketing research and how data can influence marketing strategies.

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Learn the theories and practices that connect performance and mission in the public and nonprofit administration sector, and how data is collected and analyzed for performance evaluation and system improvement.

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Applying to Suffolk's MSBA Program

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: July 15 (International Applicants), August 15 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling
  • Spring Semester: December 1 (International Applicants), January 4 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling

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Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 Application Fee (waived for students who visit campus)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary work. Admitted students enrolling in the program will need to have official transcripts, including proof of degree conferral, on file prior to their first class
  • Goal Statement (essay)
  • Letter of Recommendation (learn more)
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic Scores (international students only)

Note: Students must have passed a university-level statistics course in the past 5 years (B or better), have equivalent industry experience, or have an undergraduate or graduate degree in natural science (biology, chemistry, physics), engineering, math, business, computer and information sciences, finance, marketing, or social and behavioral sciences (psychology, economics, sociology and political science). GMAT or GRE scores are recommended for applicants not meeting this criteria.

MSBA (2022-2023)

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Financial Aid for Graduate Study

Suffolk University is pleased to offer both merit- and need-based financial aid to graduate students—these awards can be up to $20,000 per academic year. Merit-based aid is awarded based on the applicant's academic credentials presented on the admission application. No separate application is required for merit consideration.

Advising & Other Resources

Suffolk University offers graduate students—incoming, current, and alumni—help with navigating financial aid and payments, searching for career opportunities, and building a strong professional network. Our Graduate Student Services team supports you every step of the way with various services including application advising, financial aid counseling, international student resources, and other resources such as the Career Development Center or the Center for Learning and Academic Success. We also offer you value-added professional development workshops to bolster your experiential education and other professional skills while studying at Suffolk University. 

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