Program Details

Master of Science in Business Analytics

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 38
Online: 8 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $505 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Become an Expert in Business Analytics and Data

The Master of Science in Business Analytics program prepares students for a career in business analytics with a focus on using big data to help organizations make tactical and strategic decisions. This MS in business analytics degree program is developed for students who already have a business background and practical industry experience. The masters in business analytics program serves as an advanced academic pathway for you to pursue a career in the fast-paced, growing data analytics business environment.

You will engage in and acquire skills in the following core competencies:

  • Data Analytics: Ability to frame questions and objectively apply appropriate analytical methods with supporting models to help solve specific business needs.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Ability to apply critical thinking skills to solve business needs using innovative, analytical approaches; ability to communicate findings in a clear, compelling and usable manner to all stakeholders.

The Master of Science in Business Analytics concludes with an applied capstone project designed to build upon the techniques and tools learned throughout the program. Your project will concentrate on a specific area of analytics within an organization. You will engage in critical thinking skills to frame analytics problems, develop and apply appropriate analytics models and communicate relevant findings within a business setting.

Degree Outcomes

Gain Analytics Knowledge with a Christian Worldview

Graduates of the masters in business analytics online program will be able to articulate the transformative power of analytics to improve the human condition across a variety of facets of human society. You will consider how analytics professionals can help protect and regenerate communities through innovative and ethical practices, as well as how to personally apply analytics with honesty and integrity within your given profession.

What You Will Learn

Acquire Skills to Address Business Needs

You will examine concepts and build working knowledge related to databases with a focus on statistical language, data mining, data visualization, ethical aspects of using data, and descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics. The learning experience emphasizes hands-on application using industry tools. You will engage in practical, project-based learning requiring a collection of critical thinking, mathematics and computer skills.

Specific course topics include:

  • Applied Business Probability and Statistics
  • Applied Analytics for Business
  • Introduction to Databases and Intermediate Database Applications
  • Performing Analytics Using a Statistical Language
  • Prescriptive Analytics and Advanced Topics

Career Outcomes

Impact the Business Data Analytics Field

Graduates of this Master of Science in Business Analytics degree program are equipped to pursue a career as a business analyst, business intelligence analyst, data analyst, business analytics manager or business intelligence manager.

Program Domains

Course List

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38 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
38 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Business. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to prepare students in mathematical, probability, and statistical concepts for their upcoming studies in quantitative methods. The course is intended for those students who have not had any prior statistical education, although students who have had statistics should also consider taking the course as a refresher.

Course Description

This course introduces the role and value of data analytics in meeting the business needs of contemporary organizations. Students are introduced to central issues related to data storage and handling and the stages in the analytics process. Students also study the role of ethics and security in information management and learn skills for managing analytics projects.

Course Description

This course introduces the basic role and uses of databases within business enterprises. Students examine database design types, development, staging, production environments, and maintenance of a database structure. Emphasis is on appropriate application and implementation of database functions in relation to performing data analytics.

Course Description

This course covers complex characteristics of databases and their practical application in a business environment. The course examines the main principles and relative advantages of object-oriented and object-relational databases. Students gain working knowledge of object-relational features as implemented in standard SQL database management systems within a practice environment. Prerequisite: MIS-605.

Course Description

In this course students perform analytics using a statistical language. Key topics include working with data, charting data, and building statistical models within a business environment. Prerequisites: MIS-610, and SYM-506 or equivalent.

Course Description

This course introduces techniques for extracting patterns and knowledge from large data sets. Students utilize intelligent inferential techniques to interpret patterns in the collected information and translate them into actionable items intended to solve specific business problems. Prerequisite: MIS-650.

Course Description

This course examines foundational analytics concepts with an emphasis on descriptive and predictive analytics. Students work with selected industry tools and methods for describing, summarizing, and presenting data and make predictions using statistical analysis. There is also emphasis on interpreting business requirements in the design of analytical models and effective communication of findings through data visualization. Prerequisite: MIS-655.

Course Description

In this course students perform prescriptive analytics and other advanced analytics techniques to extract meaning from organizational data for the purpose of identifying and recommending solutions for specific business needs. Effective and persuasive communication of data and decision options to drive organizational change is also covered. Prerequisite: MIS-660.

Course Description

This course builds upon the techniques and tools presented in prior courses in the program. Students undertake an applied project focused on a specific area of analytics within an organization. Students use critical thinking skills to frame analytics problems, build and apply appropriate analytics models, and communicate relevant findings within a business setting. Prerequisite: MIS-665.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

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Online and Evening program disclosures (20 months)

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