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MS in Business Analytics

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

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.


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Prerequisite Courses
Technical Prerequisites
Knowledge of business statistics at the level of IDS371 or IDS570 or equivalent.
Knowledge of a programming language, like C, C++, or Java at the level of IDS401 or the equivalent.
Knowledge of relational databases and querying using SQL at the level of IDS410 or the equivalent.
Business Prerequisites
Two introductory courses in any two functional areas of business. Each course may be waived based on equivalent prior course work or appropriate work experience in the functional area.
Introduction to Operations Management
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Introduction to Corporate Finance
Introduction to Marketing
Prerequisite courses do not count toward the mininum degree requirement of 32 hours.
Required Courses
Advanced Database Management
Data Mining for Business
Analytics Strategy and Practice
Statistical Models and Methods for Business Analytics
Select 16 hours of electives from the following list, with at least 8 hours of analytics electives. Electives must be approved by the director of graduate studies. Based on the student's background and interests, other analytics-related courses may be taken witht he advice and approval of the director of graduate studies.
Analytics Electives
Optimization Models and Methods
Analytics for Big Data
Social Media and Network Analysis
Advanced Text Analytics for Business
Business Data Visualization
Advanced Predictive Models and Applications for Business Analytics
Special Topics in Information and Decision Sciences
Business Electives
Analytics-related business electives approved by the director of graduate studies, including the following:
Financial Statement Analysis
Theory and Structure of Options and Futures Markets
Electronic Marketing
Audit and Control of Information Systems
Supply Chain Management
Risk Management
Consumer Behavior
Special Topics in Marketing

Program Faculty

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Sid Bhattacharyya

Professor of Information and Decision Sciences
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Kyle Cheek

Clinical Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Sciences
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Yuheng Hu

Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Sciences
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.