Master of Science in Business Analytics Degree (MSBA)

Master of Science in Business Analytics

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business

What Is an MS in Business Analytics?

Data collection, analysis, interpretation and application are at the heart of the tactical and strategic decisions made by corporations to accelerate forward progress. The growing field of business analytics requires academically trained big data analysts to assist organizations in making these decisions. You can enhance your career qualifications by earning your Master of Science in Business Analytics at Grand Canyon University.

As a STEM-designated degree,* this MS in Business Analytics degree is ideal for students who possess practical industry experience and are looking for a pathway toward greater career fulfillment. The master’s in business analytics degree emphasizes big data analytics, and the objective application of analytical methods to address specific business problems.

Earn Your Master of Science in Business Analytics Online

GCU is a modern university that designs academically rigorous programs with the needs of working professionals in mind. You can pursue your Master's in Business Analytics degree while still managing your professional obligations and family commitments. Our dynamic, online learning platform connects you to leading experts in their fields. You will benefit from engaging discussions with peers across a range of industries. The online master’s in business analytics degree requires a total of 38 credits for completion. Most of the online courses are eight weeks in length.

During your studies, you will learn to refine your communication skills to convey key concepts and information to all stakeholders. Examine creative problem-solving methods in the organizational environment. The MS in Business Analytics curriculum integrates the Christian worldview. Students are encouraged to identify as servant leaders who apply the transformative nature of data analytics for the betterment of their communities. Examine Christian-minded solutions to ethical dilemmas, and consider the regenerative and innovative qualities of moral practices.

Learn the Importance of Business Analytics

Students gain a deeper understanding of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics as they study key concepts like statistical language, data mining and data visualization. Critical thinking, mathematics and computing skills blend in hands-on, project-based learning experiences. In courses such as Applied Analytics for Business, Introduction to Databases, Descriptive and Diagnostic Analytics, Data Mining and Predictive Analytics, students gain the following core competencies:

  • The principles and relative advantages of object-oriented and object-relational databases
  • Industry tools and methods for presenting data and making predictions based on statistical analysis
  • Techniques for pattern and knowledge extraction from large data sets
  • Advanced analytics techniques for the interpretation of organizational data applied to specific business solutions

The Master of Science in Business Analytics degree concludes with the Applied Capstone Project. Students gain practical experience through an applied project that explores a specific aspect of analytics.

Career Outcomes With a Master's in Business Analytics Degree from GCU

Professionals who are skilled in the analysis, interpretation and application of data are sought-after candidates across many different industries. Some of the careers that graduates with an MS in Business Analytics may be prepared to pursue include:

  • Business intelligence analyst or manager
  • Business analytics manager
  • Big data analytics specialist
  • Quantitative analyst/modeler
  • Supply chain management specialist

The rate of growth for analytics careers is expected to be robust in the coming years. As of September 2021, 124,400 new jobs are estimated to open for management analysts from 2020 to 2030.1

1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on September 2021, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Management Analysts.

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Total Credits: 38
Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
Online: $575 per credit [More Info]

Course List

38 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
38 credits

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

This course introduces the role and value of data analytics in meeting the business needs of contemporary organizations. Students are introduced to selected foundational business and information technology topics that are relevant to analytics organizations.

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

The purpose of this course is to prepare students in mathematical, probability, and statistical concepts for their upcoming studies in business analytics.

Course Description

This course examines foundational analytics concepts with an emphasis on descriptive and diagnostic analytics. Students solve business problems by working with selected industry tools and methods for describing what happened and diagnosing root causes based on available business enterprise data. Prerequisite: MIS-615 or SYM-506.

Course Description

In this course students perform analytics using a statistical language. Key topics include working with data, charting data, object types, and building statistical models within a business environment. Prerequisites: MIS-605 and MIS-615.

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 predictive analytics. Students work with selected industry tools, methods, and techniques to analyze current and historical data to make predictions about future or otherwise unknown events. 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-661.

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.


GCU Online Student

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 Evening Student

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.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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