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Integrating data science, business strategy and management science, the study of business analytics is the newest major in the Lerner College.

In this field, you can expect to master the tools you’ll need to use data to leverage assets, optimize outcomes and predict future results.

Additionally, the MBA with major in business analytics qualifies as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) OPT (Optional Practical Training) program. This allows international students in a technical field to apply for a 24-month extension to their OPT period.


MBA majors require 5 courses (15 credits) in a particular field. All courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise stated.

Required Courses

ACCT804 Database Design
MISY631 Data Mining for Business Analytics
BUAD621 Decision Analytics and Visualization
BUAD622 Optimizing and Spreadsheet Modeling
BUAD625 Business Analytics Capstone

Microsoft Excel Proficiency Requirement

Prior to enrolling in the business analytics major or concentration, you must demonstrate knowledge in the expert features and functions in Microsoft Excel. This includes passing a proficiency exam or completing an online course offered by UDEMY ($99).

Features and functions you must master include:

  • Sparklines
  • Pivot tables and charts
  • Macro operations

Career Opportunities

  • Business analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Business analytics specialist
  • Manager of operations planning & analytics
  • Quantitative analytics consultant
  • Digital marketing analyst
  • Director of business intelligence

Admissions Information

Learn more about MBA admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

Admissions & Financial Aid