Online Master’s in Business Analytics

The world runs on data. Join the race to the top.

Expertly curated by Silicon Valley leaders, the Online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program from the Leavey School of Business will help you develop the analytical mindset required to solve modern business challenges. Even better, SCU’s leading-edge Online MSBA is brought to you by a business school ranked #3 in Best Online MBAs, #1 in Academic Excellence and #1 in Career Outcomes by Poets&Quants.1

Whether you want to help companies expand their capacity for big data, translate and demystify digitized business models or uncover digital revenue opportunities, the standout faculty at SCU Leavey and the invaluable knowledge they’ll impart will more than prepare you for your next steps. And by earning your MSBA online, you can accomplish it all without compromising your career or other priorities.

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Wield the Power of Business Analytics

Here, big data defines big opportunities. An Online Master of Science in Business Analytics helps you master the theories and practices needed to become a leader at any point in your career path, in any organization. We believe in harnessing the power and use cases of numerous data types to carry out modern business intelligence. Throughout the program, you can expect to 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.

The MSBA online program will also train you to use essential programming languages like SQL, Python, and R, database management, econometric tools and machine learning. With a wide range of elective courses to choose from, you can narrow your focus to a business-forward or analytics-driven path. All in all, our cutting-edge curriculum—which was designed by an advisory board of industry leaders—will help you influence decisions that are poised to perform.

Secure Your Spot in Big Data

The future of business will be shaped by data, and the 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, but they lack the analytical skills to extract insights and derive value from their unorganized (and sometimes archaic) datasets.

With so much valuable data available, companies are increasingly invested in finding the right people to help them capitalize on it—and they’re paying them well, too. The demand for professionals trained in data science and analytics increased by 50% across a number of sectors in the past few years, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has listed data science as one of the top 20 fastest growing occupations.2,3 By 2025, the global market for big data is predicted to grow to $229.4 billion, and the average base salary for data scientists is $97,004, with the high end at $136,000.4,5

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
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Our MSBA Alumni Excel in Silicon Valley and Beyond:
Cisco | Facebook | Apple | LinkedIn | Tara AI | Intuitive Surgical | Ernst & Young | Google | Samsung Research America | Roku

SCU Leavey’s Online MSBA Student Review

Learn more about what SCU’s Online Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) degree has to offer—from a program alum.

SCU Leavey MSBA Student Testimonial
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SCU Leavey MSBA Student Testimonial

Video Transcript

Nydia McGregor: Welcome, everybody. Thank you for joining us today. We're going to talk to you a little bit today about our Masters in Science and Business Analytics program.

Jeff Lupker: I'm Jeff Lupker. I was in second cohort of MSBA. [inaudible 00:00:18] of central of Silicon Valley with all the opportunities here. It seemed like a perfect marriage between a great education with plentiful opportunities.

Nydia McGregor: What advice would you give to someone who's thinking about starting the program or who's on the precipice of starting at MSBA?

Jeff Lupker: If you really have an interest in all things data, data analytics, data engineering even, this was a really great program.

Completing Admission for the Online Master’s in Business Analytics

  • $158 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
  • 3 business essays—collected together in one document—should be uploaded in the “Documents” tab of the Program Materials section (it will be labeled “Personal Statement” there)
  • 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
  • All students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated. To see full details please visit the COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs.

Alumni Expedited Pathway to Admission

We are proud to offer a preferred an expedited admissions pathway for the Online Master’s in Business Analytics 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 any of Santa Clara University’s degree programs, 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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