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MS in Business Analytics

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The UIC Liautaud MSBA Prepares You for Today’s Hottest Careers.

Data is everywhere. From sales figures and account balances to photos, customer reviews and social media comments, data is waiting to be collected, organized and analyzed. Every industry is using technology to generate new data and they need data analysts to interpret that data to understand customers, develop new products and cut costs.

UIC Liautaud’s Master of Science in Business Analytics is designed to prepare students to meet the growing demand for business analytics professionals. At UIC Liautaud, you will receive an education based on data analysis and technology that integrates functional applications from accounting, finance and marketing.

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Fast-paced program
The 32-credit hour program can be completed in one year of full-time study (or more than one year of part-time study).

Cutting-edge curriculum
The MSBA curriculum includes courses covering current topics on business intelligence, applied statistics, data mining, machine learning, text analytics, data visualization, optimization, 'big' data analytics. The curriculum integrates knowledge and training on technical topics with business applications and functions, such as finance and marketing. to understand analytics strategy and practice in organizations. Various analytics-related business electives allow students to focus on specific business areas.

Exposure to technology
Through intense coursework, you will gain experience in using tools such as SAS, R, Python, IBM/SPSS, Hadoop, Rapid-Miner, Tableau and others. With hands-on projects, you can play with live data from digital marketing and social media, finance, accounting, supply chain management, healthcare and e-commerce. 

Experiential learning
The MSBA includes a capstone experience where students work with a client organization to framing analytics strategies and develope analytics solutions.

Who should enroll?
Any student interested in harnessing diverse data for business excellence. We encourage applicants from the sciences, business, engineering, humanities and healthcare who want to combine skills in data management, technology and analytics to create business solutions. Working professionals looking to develop newer capabilities in business intelligence and analytics, business professionals and entrepreneurs who want analytical skills to become data-driven decision makers as well as undergraduates seeking specialized knowledge and training to work in data rich environments are all encouraged to apply.

More Information

  • For a full list of requirements including prerequisites, visit the UIC Catalog

  • Full a full list of courses offered, visit the Course Catalog

  • For tuition and fees information, visit the Tuition page

Program Outcomes

The UIC Liautaud Master of Science in Business Analytics helps you develop skills and training to work in data-rich environments, and enables you to develop capability in business intelligence and analytics. After completing the program, you will be able to bring together information technology, data science and business so that you will be able to analyze communicate the value of data.

Career Outcomes: Career opportunities in business analytics abound, and promise to grow exponentially for the next decade. The program prepares students for roles such as business analyst, data analyst, quantitative analyst, data scientist, digital marketing analyst, supply chain analyst, risk analyst, product manager for information and analytics-driven organizations, as well as managerial roles leading to chief data officers, chief analytics officers and chief information officers.


Program Faculty

Head and shoulders photo of Sid Bhattacharyya

Sid Bhattacharyya

Professor of IDS
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Kyle Cheek

Clinical Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Sciences
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Selva Nadarajah

Assistant Professor of IDS
Mariusz Mankiewicz, MSBA 2016

I’m from a small town in Poland, and came to UIC as a Fulbright Scholar after working for Citibank International. I wanted to be involved in the Liautaud community, so I co-founded Liautaud’s first business analytics student organization, an undertaking that’s received a lot of support from faculty and from my classmates as well, many of whom are also  here from other countries.

Mariusz Mankiewicz
MSBA ’16

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the MIS and the MSBA?

The Master of Science in Management Information Systems trains students in the use of technology systems that are used throughout organizations. One aspect of these systems is the data that they produce. The Master of Science in Business Analytics is devoted to teaching students how to organize and interpret that data.