Online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)

Effective Spring 2023, the Online MS in Business Analytics program is no longer enrolling new students and is no longer accepting applications.

Suffolk University's Online Master of Science in Business Analytics program can help you pursue a career in this cutting-edge profession, whether here in Boston or around the world.

Pharma. Biotech. FinTech. Marketing. Finance. Healthcare. One thing they all have in common is a huge demand for analytics experts: trained professionals who can derive valuable insights from the massive amounts of data being generated every day.

Data is Big Business

  • Walmart handles more than 1 million customer transactions per hour
  • Facebook handles 40 billion photos from its user base
  • According to computer giant IBM, 2.5 exabytes—that's 2.5 million TB—of data was generated every day in 2012
  • 90% of the data today has been created in the last two years alone

The online Master's in Business Analytics program will teach you the hands-on skills you need to navigate the complex realm of data analytics, improve business functions, and fulfill key strategic roles in a variety of industries. Dig even deeper into your field with concentrations in healthcare administration, accounting, and finance.

You’ll gain hands-on experience with powerful tools used for data management, data visualization, and analytics, such as:

  • Tableau
  • Microsoft Power BI
  • SAS
  • SAP
  • SQL (Structured Query Language)
  • Industry-standard programming languages

Your coursework can also prepare you to earn certifications such as the SAS Joint Certificate in Analytics:

  • 11 courses
  • 7 weeks per course
  • 20 months to completion depending on previous education
  • 3 concentrations that can augment your skill set

View the MSBA Online curriculum

Applying to Suffolk's MSBA Online 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

Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

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 Online

View current tuition and fees for this program

Financial Aid for Graduate Study

Students enrolled in the Online SBS graduate programs and Online SBS Dual programs have several options to help finance their graduate studies.

Eligible students can apply for federal loan funding by completing the FAFSA at Federal Student Aid using Suffolk’s Federal School code 002218. Students can also apply for alternative loan funding. Further information on federal and alternative loan funding can be found at Graduate Loan and Financing Options.

The Suffolk Experience

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.

A Custom-Designed Program

The Suffolk online MSBA has been tailored specifically to make the most of web-based learning. The curriculum, assignments, lectures, and even classroom interactions have been deliberately fashioned to ensure a dynamic, rewarding, and interactive student experience.

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Chart Your Own Course

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for data science skills will drive a 27.9 percent rise in employment in the field through 2026. With the Suffolk University online MSBA, you’ll create opportunities for yourself in one of the fastest-growing fields in business:

  • Gain hands-on experience with industry technologies and methodologies
  • Power business efforts with a strategic mindset and advanced technical aptitude
  • Build your network of industry-leading scholars and connected professionals
  • Qualify for influential analytics roles

By the Numbers

Job Growth Predicted by 2028—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • 14% Management Analyst
  • 20% Market Research Analyst
  • 26% Operations Research Analyst
  • 32% Information Security Analyst
  • 18% Medical and Health Services Managers
  • 16% Financial Managers

Get Specialized Skills

Suffolk University’s Online Master of Science in Business Analytics offers concentration areas to suit your career interests. Fine-tune your understanding of a focused business aspect to maximize your professional value to potential employers.

Gain hands-on experience with up-to-date reporting technology and financial analysis to make informed operational decisions.

Learn the key principles of value-based financial management.

Immerse yourself in major health issues and institutions, including the settings for healthcare delivery, the providers of these services, and the public and private payers for services.

Learn from Real-World Practitioners

At Suffolk, more than 90 percent of our full-time faculty members have Ph.D.s or terminal degrees, and many are active professionals. That means you’ll learn from teaching scholars and industry leaders. Their goal? Give you the right mix of valuable real-world experience and classroom education. Not only that, our faculty can help you build an influential network so that you’re well-positioned to boost your career after graduation.