Online Master’s in Business Analytics

The Leavey School of Business is proud to offer a robust Online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program, expertly curated by an advisory board of Silicon Valley leaders to develop the advanced analytical methodologies that successfully solve modern business challenges.

The demand for professionals trained in data science and analytics increased by 50% across a number of sectors in 2020,1 and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has listed data science as one of the top 20 fastest-growing occupations.2 By 2025, the global market for big data is predicted to grow to $229.4 billion, making now the best time to advance your business analytics acumen.3 Whether you want to help companies expand their capacity for big data, translate and demystify digitized business models, or uncover digital revenue opportunities, Santa Clara’s Online MSBA can prepare you to upgrade your skill set.

Master Business Analytics

The Online MSBA degree program helps you master the theories and practices needed to stand out as a leader at any point in your career path, in any organization. Here, Big Data defines big opportunities. You’ll learn to harness its power and use numerous types of data to carry out modern business intelligence. You will develop a deep understanding of statistics and optimization, business analytics, and information technology as you form an enduring foundation rooted in business acumen and data analysis.

Seize Big Opportunities in Big Data

The future of business will be shaped by data, and the business leaders who have a firm grasp of the tools and techniques of business analytics will be the sculptors. Modern firms collect and create volumes of data, and you’ll need the data analysis skills to extract insights and drive value from unorganized and sometimes arcane datasets.

The Online MSBA program will train you to use programming languages like SQL, Python, and R, database management, econometric tools, and machine learning. Choose from a wide range of elective courses that allow you to choose a business-forward or analytics-driven path. With our cutting-edge curriculum—which was designed by an advisory board of industry leaders—you’ll be trained to increase companies’ values by leveraging analytically driven decisions.

Program Details

  • 42 units of credit
  • 17 courses
  • Complete in just over 1 year
  • 3-day on-campus residency
  • Expedited admissions pathway available for SCU alumni
  • 2 opportunities to start per year (fall and spring)
  • Capstone (faculty-sponsored) or practicum (company-sponsored) learning component

MSBA Alumni Excel in Silicon Valley and Beyond

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Admissions Requirements for the Online MS in Business Analytics

  • $148 application fee
    • This fee will be waived for current SCU students and alumni
  • 4-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • GMAT/GRE scores or waiver
  • Official transcripts for undergraduate degree and any post-baccalaureate work
  • Current resume or CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Personal admission interview
    • Qualified applicants will be invited to schedule a personal admission interview. Interviews can be conducted in person at Santa Clara University, via Zoom, or by telephone
  • Applicants for whom English is a non-native language must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting TOEFL or IELTS test scores. This requirement will be waived for applicants who score above the 50th percentile on the GMAT or GRE verbal section

Alumni Expedited Pathway to Admission

We are proud to offer a preferred and expedited admissions pathway to SCU alumni who qualify. Students are welcome to apply via this pathway if they have graduated with a GPA of 3.0 or above from the Leavey School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and Psychology, School of Law, or School of Theology, or a GPA of 2.5 or higher from the School of Engineering or in any STEM-related discipline.

Expedited alumni applicants need only submit the online application, personal statement and current resume/CV for initial consideration. Leavey alumni will be evaluated solely on this basis, while alumni from other schools and departments at SCU may be contacted if our admissions team deems further documentation necessary to make a decision regarding your application (GMAT/GRE scores, letters of recommendation, personal statement, etc.). Speak to an Admissions Advisor for more information.


A waiver for the GMAT/GRE requirement is available to applicants who have four or more years of full-time work experience and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited school with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) for STEM majors or 3.5 or higher for non-STEM majors
  • A master's, doctorate, or professional degree (JD, MD) with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited university
  • A professional certification such as CPA or CFA (Note: Certificate programs do not count toward this requirement)
  • A conferred degree that is quantitative in nature, e.g. math, engineering, or hard sciences (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Five or more years of military enlistment
  • Alumni of the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

No GMAT/GRE waiver is automatic, and an approved waiver enables consideration for the Online MSBA program but does not guarantee admission.

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