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Syracuse University’s Online Master of Science in Business Analytics

The online Master of Science in Business Analytics from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management helps professionals to develop and sharpen their analytics skills. Learners graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to dissect complex data and help their organization make more educated, data-driven decisions.

About the program

  • GMAT waivers available: See if you’re eligible for a GMAT waiver; the waiver is based on work experience or undergraduate GPA (3.0 or above).
  • Two master’s for less: Gain expertise in two different areas by earning two master’s degrees from the Whitman School.
  • AACSB-accredited school: Trust that you will receive a quality business education — the Whitman School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management 

The Whitman School of Management was founded in 1919. It follows the tradition established by Syracuse University in 1870 of bringing learners from diverse backgrounds together to break boundaries and innovate. The Whitman School furthers this tradition by offering learners with a passion for data and business the opportunity to follow their career goals through the online Master of Science in Business Analytics — from anywhere in the world. 

The Whitman School alumni network counts more than 30,000 members today, and is part of Syracuse University’s network that spans more than a quarter million alumni across all 50 U.S. states and 160 countries.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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36-credit curriculum overview

The online M.S. in Business Analytics curriculum equips learners with a strong understanding of the applications of analytics. It also offers learners the opportunity to take courses from the Whitman School of Management, the School of Information Studies, and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. During the program, learners complete six credits of core courses, six credits of core application courses, six credits of analytics depth core courses, and 18 credits of electives across the three schools listed above. The result: A more holistic skill set that allows graduates of the program to work in a variety of areas, such as accounting and financial analytics, data analysis, data science, principles of management science, and information visualization. As an online M.S. in Business Analytics learner, you will take several core courses that cover foundational topics. Here are two of them:

  • Data Analysis and Decision Making: Learn to utilize various statistical techniques, perform statistical analysis, and interpret results in a meaningful way.
  • Business Analytics: Gain hands-on experience with a number of analytical tools, including advanced Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Google Analytics, R Programming, and Tableau data visualization.
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Admissions requirements

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management seeks applicants whose academic abilities can successfully meet the demands of this selective, rigorous graduate program. Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university and have at least one year of work experience. GMAT waivers are available. The program accepts applications year round, and offers multiple start dates a year, typically in January, April, July, and October.

To apply to the program, you will need to submit:

  • Official degree-bearing transcripts

  • Two personal essays

  • Current résumé

  • Two letters of recommendation

Frequently asked questions

In order for businesses to ensure that they are making the right decisions they often turn to analysts to break down the data and bring new insights to the forefront. It’s important to note that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the demand for management analysts and similar occupations is projected to grow 11% between 2021 and 2031. As a learner in Syracuse University’s online M.S. in Business Analytics program, you will be equipped with the key skills needed to identify financial risks, strengthen business processes, and more.

Learners who are choosing between either an MBA or an M.S. in Business Analytics need to decide what kind of career path and skill set they wish to pursue. Syracuse University’s online MBA is designed to emphasize leadership skills and management techniques that empower learner’s ability to lead diverse teams. The online M.S. in Business Analytics, in comparison, promotes the build of  analytical skills in data collection and interpretation to help ensure that key decisions are backed by data.

The core difference between the two subjects is in the application of data insights. Business analytics is the process of using structured statistical data to interpret trends and patterns in an effort to drive more efficiency and often revenue for an organization. In comparison, data science is applied across a wide range of fields and industries using structured and unstructured data to study trends and correlations.

An M.S. in Business Analytics is a degree for learners who are looking to make data-driven decisions and find solutions to complex problems that impact their organizations. Business analysts use statistical analysis, data collection, data mining, and data visualization to present their findings and make a difference in the trajectory of a business.

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university, and a minimum of one year of full-time professional work experience, is required to apply for the online M.S. in Business Analytics at Syracuse University. However, you do not need business experience to apply.

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