Online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)

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

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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"Our students will not just crunch the data; they will be able to tell the story of the data and help leaders make better decisions. This is how they will create value for their companies in this data economy."

Ken Hung, PhD Chair, Professor, and MSBA Program Director

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.

Accounting Concentration

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

Finance Concentration

Learn the key principles of value-based financial management.

Healthcare Management Concentration

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.

Apply to Suffolk's MSBA Online Program

Application Deadlines

Fall: August 15
Spring: January 4

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 application fee
  • 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
  • Resume
  • Goal statement (essay)
  • Letter of recommendation (Learn more)
  • The GMAT/GRE is not required

Cost of Grad School

Cost Per Credit (2020-2021)

Financial Aid for Graduate Study

Suffolk offers a variety of options to help finance your graduate education. Opportunities for assistance range from federal educational loans to alumni scholarships, and award programs available through partner organizations. You are encouraged to connect with the Office of Student Financial Services to help you estimate the cost of your education, determine your eligibility for aid, and find the best way to finance your education.

Student Services & Resources

As a Suffolk student, you will have complete access to our Center for Learning and Academic Success (CLAS) and Career Development Center (CDC), which offer extensive learning resources and robust support for career development.

Courses & Requirements

Take a closer look at our online MSBA curriculum and see how robust it really is.

View the Master of Science in Business Analytics Online Curriculum

Get a Preview of the Online Experience in MHA, MSBA, and MSA Programs

As you consider pursuing a graduate business degree online, getting a detailed look at the learning environment can be invaluable. You're invited to join us on Wednesday, May 19 at 6 p.m. for a virtual demonstration of the classroom experience in Suffolk University’s online programs: MHA, MSBA, and MSA.

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00:15 - The thing enjoy the most about this program
00:17 is that it allows me to go at my own pace.
00:20 Especially since I work two jobs.
00:23 - With the online platform,
00:25 I can dedicate those hours
00:27 when they make the most sense for me and my family.
00:30 - I live with a couple of health disabilities
00:32 that make it really difficult
00:34 for me to transport myself to different locations.
00:37 I really wanted a program that was going to be flexible.
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00:47 - [Luis] I think a lot people have the misconception
00:50 that it's just a Zoom meeting.
00:51 - [Lauren] There is a live opportunity
00:53 to have an actual class
00:55 where you do sit with your professor.
00:57 It's very interactive.
00:59 - So, it's not just
01:00 the professor starts the course
01:02 and you're just clicking buttons.
01:04 You're also doing all these interactive exercises.
01:07 - [Luis] We're taking some of those really cool
01:09 advance analytics tools
01:11 and we're getting hands-on with them.
01:12 And so, that experiential piece has been very key.
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01:21 Our instructors, in many cases,
01:23 are still in the field
01:25 working full-time jobs,
01:26 so they're able to bring perspective
01:27 about what's happening in the world today
01:31 while they're also living it on the job.
01:33 - [Christine] My professor is currently and audit manager
01:36 for a public accountant firm.
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01:42 - [Lauren] If you work a night-shift,
01:44 you might not be able to make it that class,
01:46 so they video record it for you.
01:48 - [Luis] I can always go back to the content
01:50 in the material of any private course.
01:53 So, I'm going to be able to go into Blackboard
01:54 look at a concept that we learned
01:56 maybe two or three courses ago
01:57 that I need to refresh on.
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02:05 - I have made so many connections
02:08 with my cohort, with Suffolk alumni, with my professors.
02:12 - There's also an amazing mentorship program with alumni.
02:16 And I'm currently a mentee for someone who graduated
02:21 Suffolk with the same degree a couple years ago.
02:25 - I personally know of two other students
02:28 who started at the same time as me
02:31 who have had pretty major promotions.
02:33 It's just been a really incredible opportunity
02:36 and it's been worth any investment I could have put into it.
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