Business Analytics, MS
The master’s degree under Option A requires a thesis. Option A is most appropriate for students who are preparing for careers in research and scholarly work or additional academic pursuits beyond the master’s degree. Under this option, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours, consisting of 20 to 24 credit hours of regular course work, plus a thesis equivalent to 6 to 10 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree, including thesis, must be in the major (at least 18 credit hours for the Master of Education degree). The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 8 credit hours, excluding thesis, must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
Option A is not available for the Master of Professional Accountancy degree.
Thesis Requirements. The subject of the thesis shall be chosen from the student’s field of major interest and must be approved by the departmental Graduate Committee. The thesis should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in their field of investigation. Research activities involving human subjects or live vertebrate animals may not be conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln unless the research activities have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate board or committee. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews projects involving human subject research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews the use of animals in research. These reviews are in accordance with Federal regulations, state laws and institutional policies. Submission of protocols to conduct human subject or animal research is coordinated by the Research Responsibility offices. Approval must be secured prior to the initiation of the research.
The thesis must conform to the required style and format described in Steps to Degree Completion. A copy of the thesis and abstract must be approved by the student’s major advisor and submitted for preliminary review to the Master’s Programs Coordinator in the Office of Graduate Studies at least two weeks (one week in the summer sessions) before the date of the candidate’s final oral examination. A candidate is not eligible for the oral examination until the thesis is completed and approved. After passing the final oral examination, the thesis must be electronically submitted to the Master’s Programs Coordinator for a final review prior to being uploaded to Digital Commons.
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The master’s degree under Option B does not require a thesis. Option B is most appropriate for students pursuing practice-based or professional careers in which the master’s degree provides suitable training. Under Option B, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree must be in the major. The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 15 credit hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
The Master of Professional Accountancy plan of study may not include a minor.
The Master of Education plan of study may not include a minor, but must include at least 6 credit hours of education courses outside the major.
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Advance your career by mastering a universally-relevant set of skills through courses that combine a practical business foundation with innovative data analysis methods and decision-making tools.
The M.S. in Business Analytics is designed to build on any background and provide flexible career opportunities. Delivered online in a series of 8-week courses, the curriculum is mobile-optimized and created by faculty with real-world experience. The 30 credit hour program can be completed in as little as one year and you’ll have access to a leading career center.
The curriculum consists of three parts. Business fundamentals provide exposure to key areas of business and demonstrate the decisions businesses must make every day. Business analytics foundations equip you with a comprehensive set of skills applicable to a variety of industries. You’ll learn cutting-edge tools through courses focused on data management, descriptive analytics, predictive modeling, data mining, and risk and simulation modeling. You’ll gain exposure to software tools including SQL and R. Analytics electives allow you to tailor the program by focusing on a specific application area or more advanced methods.
Companies in all industries, from logistics to digital marketing, must collect, organize and use data to support their operations and compete more effectively. Advances in IT, software and artificial intelligence have led to the growth in “big data” and tools supporting real-time decision-making. Since individuals who can manage and analyze data are in high demand, the skills you’ll gain will prepare you to thrive in an emerging discipline and provide an edge in today’s competitive job market.
For more information, visit https://business.unl.edu/online/ms-business-analytics.
- Business Analyst
- Business Intelligence Analyst
- Financial Analyst
- Forecasting Specialist
- Management Consultant
- Market Research Analyst
- Operations Analyst
- Pricing Analyst
- Supply Chain Analyst
- Systems Analyst
Graduate Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- One set of transcripts.
- If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
* Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Major Admission Requirements
- Bachelor's Degree, 3.0 GPA Recommended: Official transcripts are required for admission. Along with a bachelor's degree and GPA of 3.0 or higher, we recommended that you have relevant work experience. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA, or without GMAT or GRE scores, but who have substantial relevant professional experience, will still be considered for the program.
- GMAT or GRE Score: A GMAT score of 600 is recommended. Alternatively, a comparable GRE score will be considered. Scores must be from the last five years. If you choose to take the GMAT, please have your results forwarded to Nebraska (school code S40-HW-48). Once you take the exam, enter your unofficial scores into the graduate application. If you choose to take the GRE, please have your results forwarded to Nebraska (school code 6877). Once you take the exam, enter your unofficial scores into the graduate application.
Some applicants are eligible to request a GMAT/GRE waiver based on any of the following qualifications: 1) significant managerial, operational or decision-making experience and evidence of strong prior academic performance; 2) earned a Ph.D., JD, MD, or Pharm D; 3) currently enrolled in medical school; or 4) admitted to the Nebraska College of Law.
- Professional Résumé or CV: Your résumé should include relevant work experience, education, skills, professional and community involvement, and other professional credentials.
- Three Reference Names and Contact Information: All three references must be former or current supervisors or professors. No recommendation letters are needed. Nebraska will contact your references only if the committee deems it necessary.
- TOEFL Exam (only required for international students): You will need a minimum TOEFL score of 550 written, 213 computer-based, 80 iBT. Alternatively, you may submit IELTS scores. A minimum score of 6.5 IELTS is required.
- Prerequisites for the M.S. in Business Analytics: You are expected to have developed proficiency in using Microsoft Excel before you begin the program.
NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed
July 1 for Fall. November 1 for Spring. April 1 for Summer.
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