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M.S. in Business Analytics
A GRAD2GRAD PROGRAM

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M.S. BA
Special Tuition Discount

Any University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate earning their degree between May 2020 and May 2021 will receive the following benefits if they enroll in at least one course in the semester immediately following their graduation (fall or spring):

15% off tuition for the entire program (no prerequisites)
Automatic acceptance into the program with GPA of 3.2 or higher (as a UNL undergraduate)

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May Start

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August Start

Apply by July 1

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January Start

Apply by November 1

Enrollment Deadlines By Undergraduate Graduation Date

May 2020 graduates
must enroll no later than
Fall 2020

August 2020 graduates
must enroll no later than
Fall 2020 or Spring 2021

December 2020 graduates
must enroll no later than
Spring 2021 or Fall 2021

May 2021 graduates
must enroll no later than
Fall 2021

The M.S. in Business Analytics program is a good fit for any University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate earning their degree between May 2020 and May 2021. They should enroll in at least one course in the semester (fall or spring) immediately following their graduation. The program enhances their post-graduation employment prospects for three reasons:

No Prerequisites

Designed for students from any University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate major earning their degree between May 2020 and May 2021 if they enroll in at least one course in the semester (fall or spring) immediately following their graduation. No prior knowledge of statistics or programming required.

Entirely Online

All courses taught online in flexible eight-week modules. Enroll from anywhere and pursue your degree either part-time or full-time.

Marketable Skills

Organizations of all types need employees with experience in organizing, managing and analyzing data. Applicable in any industry for which working with data is important, such as business, engineering, health care and education.

M.S. in Business Analytics

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Program Curriculum and Plans of Study

Summer 2020
Summer 2020
GRBA 815 Required Supply Chain Management Strategies
GRBA 851 Required Business Analytics
Fall 2020
First Fall (eight-week term)
GRBA 809 Required Financial Accounting
GRBA 813 Required Managerial Marketing
Second Fall (eight-week term)
SCMA 853 Required Business Data Mining and Descriptive Analytics
SCMA 847 Elective (Pick one of two) Advanced Supply Chain Technology
SCMA 854 Elective (Pick one of two) Advanced Analytics and Big Data
Spring 2021
First Spring (eight-week term)
SCMA 837 Required Risk and Simulation Modeling
SCMA 852 Required Data Management and Organization
Second Spring (eight-week term)
SCMA 851 Required Predictive Analytics
ECON 817 Elective (Pick one of three) Introductory Econometrics
MRKT 850 Elective (Pick one of three) Data Driven Marketing Strategy
SCMA 836 Elective (Pick one of three) Project Management and Implementation
Fall 2020
First Fall (eight-week term)
GRBA 809 Required Financial Accounting
GRBA 851 Required Business Analytics
Second Fall (eight-week term)
SCMA 853 Required Business Data Mining and Descriptive Analytics
SCMA 847 Elective (Pick one of two) Advanced Supply Chain Technology
SCMA 854 Elective (Pick one of two) Advanced Analytics and Big Data
Spring 2021
First Spring (eight-week term)
SCMA 837 Required Risk and Simulation Modeling
SCMA 852 Required Data Management and Organization
Second Spring (eight-week term)
SCMA 851 Required Predictive Analytics
ECON 817 Elective (pick one of three) Introductory Econometrics
MRKT 850 Elective (pick one of three) Data Driven Marketing Strategy
SCMA 836 Elective (pick one of three) Project Management and Implementation
Summer 2021
Summer 2021
GRBA 813 Required Managerial Marketing
GRBA 815 Required Supply Chain Management Strategies
Spring 2021
First Spring (eight-week term)
GRBA 851 Required Business Analytics
SCMA 837 Required Risk and Simulation Modeling
Second Spring (eight-week term)
GRBA 809 Required Financial Accounting
SCMA 851 Required Predictive Analytics
Summer 2021
Summer 2021
GRBA 813 Required Managerial Marketing
GRBA 815 Required Supply Chain Management Strategies
Fall 2021
First Fall (eight-week term)
MRKT 850 Elective Data Driven Marketing Strategy
SCMA 836 Elective Project Management and Implementation
Second Fall (eight-week term)
SCMA 853 Required Business Data Mining and Descriptive Analytics
Spring 2022
First Spring (eight-week term)
SCMA 852 Required Data Management and Organization
Required Courses
Business Fundamentals (Four Required Courses)
GRBA 809 Required Financial Accounting
GRBA 813 Required Managerial Marketing
GRBA 815 Required Supply Chain Management Strategies
GRBA 851 Required Business Analytics
Business Analytics Foundation (Four Required Courses)
SCMA 851 Required Predictive Analytics
SCMA 852 Required Data Management and Organization
SCMA 853 Required Business Data Mining and Descriptive Analytics
SCMA 837 Required Risk and Simulation Modeling
Elective Courses

Choose any 2 courses

Electives (Choose Any 2 Courses)
MRKT 845 Elective Advanced Marketing Analytics
MRKT 850 Elective Strategic Database Marketing
ECON 817 Elective Introductory Econometrics
SCMA 854 Elective Advanced Analytics and Big Data
SCMA 855 Elective Prescriptive Analytics
SCMA 836 Elective Project Management and Implementation
SCMA 847 Elective Advanced Supply Chain Technology
EMGT 806 Elective Decision and Risk Analysis
EMGT 807 Elective Project Management

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the UNL GRAD2GRAD program 15 percent tuition discount for the M.S. in Business Analytics? When does that discount expire?

Any University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate earning their degree between May 2020 and May 2021 is eligible for a 15 percent discount on tuition, using the $650 tuition rate for 2020-21, if they enroll in at least one course in the semester (fall or spring) immediately following their graduation. Once a student begins the program, they can receive the discount for up to three consecutive years, subject to the following:

  • The completion of a program results in the tuition discount ending for a student.
  • The student must maintain consecutive enrollment (excluding summer).
  • The student must be in good academic standing (maintain a GPA of at least 3.0) to continue receiving the tuition discount.
Who is eligible for expedited admission process?

Any University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate earning their degree between May 2020 and May 2021 with an overall GPA of 3.20 or higher will be eligible for expedited admission if they enroll in at least one course in the semester (fall or spring) immediately following their graduation, which means you can be admitted without GMAT or GRE scores.

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What if I am not eligible for expedited admission? Can I still be admitted?

Yes, any University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate earning their degree between May 2020 and May 2021 who do not meet the GPA cut-off for expedited admission may still be eligible for admission if they enroll in at least one course in the semester (fall or spring) immediately following their graduation, depending on their specific major and coursework. These students should follow the standard admission process, which has the following recommendations: a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA, GMAT score of 600 or a comparable GRE score, names of three references (required) and a professional résumé (required).

What are the program prerequisites? Do I need to know any statistics or programming before I start?

The curriculum of the MS in Business Analytics is designed to build on any undergraduate major. Therefore, there are no specific course prerequisites for this program. All required statistics background is covered in GRBA 851, which is a required course for all students. You are encouraged to enroll is GRBA 851 as early as possible in the program. While we do not require any prior knowledge of programming, we do expect incoming students to have proficiency in using Microsoft Excel before they begin the program. Below are some free online resources that can help you build your Excel skills.

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What are the program requirements? What kinds of courses will I take?

The curriculum of the M.S. in Business Analytics is designed to provide students with a comprehensive set of fundamental business and analytical skills. The curriculum consists of three parts:

  • The business fundamentals courses provide exposure to the key areas of business (including financial accounting, marketing and supply chain management) and demonstrate the types of decisions that businesses must make every day.
  • The business analytics foundations courses will help you to develop a comprehensive set of analytics skills that are applicable in a variety of industries, including data management, descriptive analytics and data visualization and predictive methods.
  • The elective courses allow you to tailor the program to suit your needs and interests, either by focusing on a specific application area, such as marketing or operations management, or by learning more advanced methods, such as approaches to managing big data.
What is the application deadline?

Applicants are admitted and enrolled three times per year – in summer, fall and spring. Typically, students should apply by April 1 for the summer term, July 1 for the fall term and November 1 for the spring term.

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Are classes online or in person? How do the eight-week terms work? How many classes will I take at a time?

All classes are taught online, with two terms (one eight-week term and one five-week term) during the summer and two eight-week terms (labelled A and B) during the fall and spring semesters. An entire semester of material is covered in each term. Therefore, full-time students who plan to complete the program in one year typically enroll in two classes per term, while part-time students who plan to complete the program in two years typically take just one class at a time.

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What types of skills will I learn in the program?

The M.S. in Business Analytics program was designed to provide students with a set of highly marketable quantitative and analytical skills. In particular, the program will provide you with skills and experience in organizing, managing and analyzing data through software and programming languages such as Excel, R, SQL and Crystal Ball. The program will also support students in the development of their critical thinking skills, ability to analyze data to develop solutions to real problems and knowledge of relevant methods and software tools.

Because the methods and tools taught in this program are broadly applicable, the skills you will learn will be relevant in any industry or sector for which working with data is important, including business, but also health care, education and the government.

What types of jobs will I be eligible for once I complete the program?

The methods and tools you will learn are applicable in any industry for which interpreting and applying data are critical. Companies in all sectors, from logistics to digital marketing, must collect, organize and use data to support their operations and to compete more effectively. Therefore, companies in all industries are looking to hire individuals with the ability to use business data to make predictions and decisions that add value to the organization, and there is a growing demand for employees with experience in organizing, managing and analyzing data. Thus, the M.S. in Business Analytics degree will provide you an edge in today’s competitive job market. The degree can prepare you for jobs with titles such as:

  • Business analyst
  • Marketing analyst
  • Supply chain analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Business intelligence analyst

Students in the program are also eligible to work with one of the career coaches from the College of Business Career Center. The center offers graduate students with some of the best career resources in the world according to the Financial Times. Your personal career coach can offer guidance on how best to market your competencies and improve your career strategy. You will also have access to 24/7 online résumé review and a strong alumni network.

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May Start

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August Start

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January Start

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Contact
Business Graduate Programs

businessgrad2@unl.edu
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402-472-2338