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Informed business decisions rely on relevant and current data to help executives make decisions. An master’s in business analytics online gives you the skills and training you need to make these choices. Because data is prolific and continual, business analytics professionals who know how to interpret and use that data are in high demand.

Organizational leaders can make data-driven decisions based on up-to-the-minute trends and results by having a clear understanding of business needs and technology-driven platforms. Without trained analysts and decision-makers who know how to use analytical methods and create business impact, great opportunities are lost.

WPI’s master’s in business analytics online provides a solid foundation in business analytics, with applications in a variety of business areas, plus a real-world, team-based project, which ensures that students are prepared to be successful in a data-driven, technological business environment.

The Foisie Business School, grounded in a technology-focused university, has world-class expertise and educational resources in these areas, and thus is suitably poised to offer a graduate-level education to prepare students for their career choices and leadership.

Learning Outcomes for Master's in Business Analytics Online

  • Gain expertise to drive data-driven decisions that can render organizational success
  • Build leadership skills to manage an analytics team and interpret data to drive impact
  • Learn advanced business analytics methods in machine learning, market research, operations modeling and optimization analysis

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Program Requirements for Master's in Business Analytics Online

The Master's in Business Analytics Online is a 33-credit-hour program, which includes applied analytics courses that address business problems and a realistic capstone project. Courses in this professional MS in Business Analytics online degree program do not provide options related to a research degree (e.g., no provision for research credits, qualifying exams, a thesis option, or research seminars).

Courses for Master's in Business Analytics Online

  • MIS 584. Business Intelligence
  • OIE 552. Modeling and Optimizing Processes
  • MIS 502. Data Management for Analytics

MSBA students must complete two, three-course specialties, selected from the following:


  • MIS 587. Business Applications in Machine Learning
  • OIE 559. Optimization for Business Analytics
  • MKT 562. Marketing Research
  • MKT 500. Marketing Management (recommended for students with no marketing background)



Select 3 courses from the list below:

  • OIE 501. Designing Operations for Competitive Advantage (recommended for students with no operations background)
  • OIE 542. Risk Management and Decision Making
  • OIE 544. Supply Chain Analysis and Design
  • OIE 548. Performance Analytics
  • OIE 558. Designing and Managing Lean and Six-Sigma Processes
  • ACC 500. Accounting and Finance Fundamentals (1 cr.)


  • ACC 502. Financial Intelligence and Strategic Decision-Making (2 cr.)
  • FIN 500. Financial Information and Management
  • FIN 522. Financial Institutions, Markets, and Technology
MSBA students must complete a two-course capstone project experience as follows:
  • OBC 505. Teaming and Organizing for Innovation
  • BUS 596. Master of Science Capstone Project

Course Schedule

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Prerequisites for Master's in Business Analytics Online

Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with a background in statistics and finance/accounting.

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