From insights to impact
YOU are the next big data-driven decision maker.
Your degree in business analytics can be the competitive edge your organization needs to make strategically sound decisions. Your Master of Science in Business Analytics degree will help you decipher data to apply it with effective recommendations. By working with datasets from actual businesses, you’ll graduate with real-world experience and take the next step in your career.
Our MS in Business Analytics program offers an in-depth program that gives YOU the technical skills and knowledge to make sound business decisions. Through consulting work, internships, and a practicum, you’ll have several experiential learning opportunities to apply what you’re learning in the classroom to today’s business problems. This program allows working professionals to continue their careers as they enter graduate school with evening and online class offerings. Program benefits include:
Convenience and flexibility with online and evening class options to allow professionals to continue their careers or complete an internship
Comprehensive technical and business training so you'll be able to model problems and find actionable business solutions
Downtown Denver location gives you access to business leaders and experiences
Career and professional development opportunities available every week through guest speakers, panel events, and career fairs
You’ll understand data using the most popular programming languages and software. Through a grant with Simio, you can learn through unique simulation opportunities as a part of your coursework. Various classes will give you the choice of learning what languages and software are most relevant for you. Programming languages and software used in our courses include:
Programming languages: Python, R, AMPL, SQL
Software: SAS, Simio, Tableau, Excel
The MS in Business Analytics program consists of 30 credit hours total, broken down into core I, core II, and electives. Designed to be completed in two years, our classes have an emphasis on project-based work, where you’ll have the flexibility to choose projects related to your career interests.
Core I (9 hours)
Topics covered will give you a strong foundation for more advanced data analysis. Course topics include:
- Computing for Business Analytics
- Prescriptive Analytics with Optimization
Core II (9 hours)
You’ll choose three courses that are most relevant to your career interests. Course topics include:
- Time-series forecasting
- Decision analysis
- Predictive analytics
- Simulation modeling
Electives (12 hours)
Additional coursework can be tailored to your interests and include special topics. Course topics include:
- Project management
- Predictive modeling
- Text data analytics
- Network modeling
- Data visualization
- Supply chain management
- VBA for business analytics
Business Analytics Careers
Business Analytics is a growing field. A talent gap for qualified people is being created by the challenges presented by big data. Companies have a lot of data and are continuously collecting more. They need data scientists and business analytics professionals to make sense of it.
Business Analytics Job Titles
- Business Analyst
- Data Analyst
- Business Process Analyst
- Business Intelligence Analyst
- Data Scientist
- Data Engineer
Visit our Careers page for more detailed information on the resources available.
The cost of tuition is different for in-state and out-of-state students.
Residents of western states may qualify for in-state tuition if they are pursuing the MS Business Analytics degree. The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) requires that students maintain current residency of WRGP state until degree completion.
Scholarships are available for students. The Business School offers a recurring scholarship opportunity for applicants based on merit at the time of admission.
As a current student, you can apply for additional scholarships every semester. Some awards are based on program and course enrollment. Certain specializations including risk management and insurance, commodities, and entrepreneurship have additional scholarship opportunities.
Prospective students (not yet admitted):
Newly Admitted and Continuing Students:
You can apply for additional scholarships every semester of enrollment. Some awards may be specific to individual programs or enrollment in specific courses. Certain specializations including risk management and insurance, commodities, and entrepreneurship have additional scholarship opportunities.
We admit students for a fall and spring start. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, meaning decisions are made as applications are completed.
Please note: Quantitative skills are important for Business Analytics. Applicants can demonstrate these skills with their GMAT Quantitative score and GMAT Integrated Reasoning score.
Applicants are required to submit all application materials. Interviews are not a part of the admission process. To receive priority admission, we must have received your online application and all other required materials, including transcripts and GMAT/GRE scores (if required by the program) by the deadline.
You can check your admission status online through the account you created for the online application. You will receive a final decision by email within two to three weeks from the submission of all materials.
- Applicants must have completed an undergraduate program at an accredited United States college or its equivalent in another country.
- No work experience or formal business education is required for admission; however, you may have to provide a GMAT or GRE score if you do not have enough work experience, see below.
The GMAT/GRE is not required for this program
This program does not require GMAT or GRE scores for their degree program as part of the graduate admissions requirements. The requirements are a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better from a US-accredited four-year undergraduate institution or the successful completion of a graduate degree, and five or more years of full-time relevant professional work experience.
However, if you received your bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of less than 3.25 or have less than 5 years of relevant professional work experience, you will be asked to submit a statement that outlines other indicators of exceptional motivation, such as solid upper-division performance, GMAT or GRE scores, and other relevant professional experience. The MS Business Analytics admissions committee may require a minimum GMAT or GRE score for students that do not automatically qualify by GPA and prior work.
How Decisions Are Made
The admissions committee considers each candidate’s entire record of achievement. This is demonstrated through:
- Academic transcripts
- Essay responses
- Work experience
- Extracurricular and community activities
- Letters of recommendation if applicable
- GMAT/GRE scores if applicable
No work experience or formal business education is required for admission. However, professional experience strengthens your application. Candidates with less work experience can show potential through academic and experiential success.
For any questions, please contact our admissions team at email@example.com or call 303-315-8200.
International graduate applicants must have their academic credentials evaluated by either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). If you have already had an international credential evaluation from another company, please contact CU Denver International Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine whether it meets our requirements.
To meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) criteria, you must showcase your proficiency through different exemptions or an English Language Proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or Duolingo).
To determine English Language Proficiency (ELP), you must complete one of the following criteria. Please note for Business School graduate programs the minimum TOEFL score requirements of 83 (IBT) or 560 (PBT).
Specialized Dual Degree Option
Many students pursue the dual degree option of pairing an MS in Business Analytics with an MS in Information Systems (Business Intelligence Specialization). These two degree options offer complementary courses and can be completed together efficiently. Speak with a graduate advisor for more details.
Additional Dual Degree Options
Dual degree options for Master of Science programs include all of our MBA programs and all Business School Master of Science programs. We design a specific degree plan so you get through both programs as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. The amount of credits in each dual degree depends on the amount of overlap between degree programs. Eligible Master of Science programs include:
- MS Accounting
- MS Business Analytics
- MS Finance and Risk Management
- MS Global Energy Management
- MS Information Systems
- MS International Business
- MS Management
- MS Marketing
If you are applying for both degrees, you will only need to submit one online application and pay one application fee. Be aware that you must meet specific admission standards for each degree. For more information about dual degree options and the application process, please contact BSchool.Admissions@ucdenver.edu.
Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents.
Priority: April 15
- Final: July 15
Priority: March 15
- Final: May 15
Priority: October 15
- Final: December 15
Priority: September 15
- Final: October 15
“Today there is wonderful software available to assist in the transformation of stored data into useful information. Our students become very good at using the type of software that is used in leading companies. We operate a very applied program that speaks to the needs of the business community.”
– Gary Kochenberger
Co-Director of Business Analytics program
Our students intern at top companies:
- Arrow Electronics
- National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
- Denver International Airport
- Centura Health