Master of Science in Business Analytics
USC Marshall MSBA Overview
The USC Marshall MSBA program is a data science STEM program encompassed with a business lens. It is one of the longest running MSBA programs in the nation, and top ranked in the world. The program emphasizes project-based learning in the classroom, which means that our students acquire deeper business analytics knowledge through active exploration of real-world business challenges and problems. These projects are in collaboration with our industry partners, and they are in different business areas ranging from finance, operations, marketing, management, supply chain, and HR problems.
USC Marshall MSBA Highlights
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Program and Curriculum
The Master of Science in Business Analytics degree requires 33 units, taken in 3 semesters (with the flexibility of extending to 4 semesters): Fall, Spring, Fall, including 19.5 units of required coursework plus 13.5 units of coursework chosen from a list of electives. The program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.
Applied Modern Statistical Learning Methods
Statistical Computing and Data Visualization
SQL Databases for Business Analysts
NoSQL Databases in Big Data
The Analytics Edge: Data, Models, and Effective Decisions
Data Analytics Driven Dynamic Strategy and Execution
Communication for Management
Data Driven Decision Making
Probability and Data Modeling
Applied Time Series Analysis for Forecasting
Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence and Data Mining
Digital Foundations for Business Innovation
Monte Carlo Simulation and Decision Models
Designing Spreadsheet-Based Business Models
Business Models for Digital Platforms
Text Analytics and Natural Language Processing
Using Big Data: Challenges and Opportunities
Independent Research in Data Sciences or Operations
Special Topics (Overview)
Artificial Intelligence for Business (Special Topics)
Game Data Analytics (Special Topics)
Healthcare Analytics (Special Topics)
HR & People Analytics (Special Topics)
Sports Analytics (Special Topics)
Supply Chain Analytics (Special Topics)
Quantitative Investing (Special Topics)
Foundations of Information Security
Foundations and Applications of Data Mining
User Experience Design and Strategy
Marketing Metrics for Business Decisions
Through a variety of recruiting activities and a strong Trojan network of alumni, faculty, and corporate partners, the school successfully connects students with alumni and employers around the globe.
Many companies come on campus to interview, moreover, Marshall’s career services team offers career education programs and workshops tailored to the specific needs of graduate students seeking career transition or advancement, to mid- and senior-level executives honing their skills in preparation for the C-suite.
Companies recruiting from USC Marshall MSBA
- McKinsey & Co.
- Bain & Co.
- Oliver Wyman
- A.T. Kearney
- BNB Paribas
- Ernst & Young
- Morgan Stanley
- Goldman Sachs
- JP Morgan
- Deutsche Bank
Return on Investment (ROI)
|Cost of Living||+ $20,000|
|Average Impact of Part-Time Jobs||– $10,000|
|Amount Recovery (setting aside 25% of earning)||3.6 years|
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MS Business Analytics : Class Profile
- 4-year Bachelor degree OR Master’s degree (for 3-year Bachelor degree holder) earned at an institution recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC)
- All applicants must also have completed at least one statistics course at the undergraduate level or above.
- A few years of work experience is preferred, but not required.
- GMAT or GRE scores are required.
|Rounds Deadline Dates|
|Round 1 November 15, 2019|
|Round 2 January 10, 2020|
|Round 3 February 14, 2020|
|Round 4 March 20, 2020|
|Round 5 April 15, 2020|
Round 6 Roling until announced
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The application fees: $155
- Submitted online application
- Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent
- Essay questions
- Two letters of recommendation
- 1-minute video of yourself
- Official test scores (GRE or GMAT, and if applicable TOEFL or IELTS) from the testing service.
- One sealed official transcript from the registrar of each college or university attended except for USC.
Describe your career aspirations. What roles, companies, industries, and regions do you see yourself working in? (250 words maximum)
Give us an example of a skill that you have acquired through self-learning, and explain the process in which you taught yourself the skill? (250 words maximum)
If there is something you would like us to know about you personally or professionally that hasn’t already been mentioned, feel free to do so here. (Optional, 250 words maximum)
Please create a one minute video addressing the following: In the Business Analytics program, we have a diverse and collaborative environment both inside and outside of the classroom. We also place value on creating a community with the entire Trojan Family. Please describe the contributions you expect to make during your time at USC. How will your colleagues benefit from your presence in the program? Please title the video “USC MS, Business Analytics Admissions Video 2020 – Your Name” and input a link to the video (on Dropbox, Google Drive, Youtube, etc) below. (If you are concerned with privacy, you may password protect the link. If you choose to do so, please also include the password below or we will not be able to review your application.)
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