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Business Analytics Master of Science

The Business Analytics Master of Science degree prepares you to manage the unprecedented amounts of data businesses are creating. Gain control of Big Data to deliver powerful analytics solutions to help companies make better business decisions.

Today's businesses collect an incredible amount of data from nearly every customer touch point, from point-of-sale transactions, customer service interactions, social media feedback, search engine entries, market research activities, sales data, demographic information, and more. Only a tiny portion of this data is analyzed. Be a catalyst. Turn this around. Be amazing. Increase sales, reach new customers, develop new products, and enhance the customer experience. 

From the team behind the #6 ranked Management Information Systems program in the Saunders College of Business, this program delivers excellence at the intersection of business and technology. Join the Master of Science in Business Analytics and learn to lead data strategy, data collection, and data visualization efforts that enhance decision making for business leaders. The MS in Business Analytics program qualifies international students to work for up to 3 years via a F-1 STEM OPT 24-month work extension.

Why Should You Consider a Business Analytics Master of Science degree at Saunders College of Business?

  • Recognized among nations very best business schools.
    Saunders College graduate programs regularly receive top rankings for several determinants of student success. The MS in Business Analytics is born out of a Management Information Systems program that is ranked #6 nationally by College Factual. Eduniversal 2019 Best Masters Ranking recognized the MS in Business Analytics program as #27 Best Masters in Information Systems Management. Across all Saunders business programs, Saunders graduates experience a 94% outcomes rate, as employers value their ability to stand our from their peers and deliver results.

  • A platform spanning multiple disciplines
    Students in the program acquire a broad and in-depth training in multiple disciplines related to business analytics, including MIS, Marketing, Accounting, Finance,  Management, and Engineering. Students in the program will have the opportunity to receive the Advanced Certificate of Accounting and Financial Analytics.

  • World-class, internationally recognized faculty.
    Faculty are engaged in current research, and have hands-on expertise in high-technology and business industries. Faculty share their unique perspectives and experiences with students both inside and outside the classroom.

Quick Admissions Decisions

Please review the degree specific admissions requirements for this program which provides applicants with an option to waive the GMAT or GRE and requires an essay.

For quick admissions decisions, determination for scholarship and financial aid, contacts and additional admissions information, please visit our admissions pages.

International Students - F-1 STEM OPT 24-month work extension

International students receiving a graduate degree in this program qualify to apply for a 24-month work extension to their OPT (Optional Practical Training) period. This extension means that students could be eligible for up to three years of work in the United States.

The extension is exclusive to qualifying STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) focused programs. This program qualifies for an F-1 OPT STEM Extension in the 2012 STEM-Designated Degree Program List published by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. For more information please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) webpages: Understanding F-1 OPT Requirements and Questions and Answers: Extension of Optional Practical Training Program for Qualified Students.

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Visit our full list of in-demand graduate programs, including our Master of Business Administration (MBA)which is currently under review for STEM certification. With a Saunders MBA, you create your brand to achieve success by choosing elective courses across all nine RIT colleges to create your own areas of specialization.

Program Director

"The Business Analytics program is a natural extension of our top ranked Management Information Systems program, and is bolstered by our partnership with the RIT College of Science. This program sets up a platform spanning multiple disciplines. Employer demand has helped make this our fastest growing and largest program, attracting the world's top companies and our graduates' highest salaries. Our attention to your success has built a strong alumni network within the field, and best positions our students for placement in this booming career field."

Manlu Liu

Associate Professor
Saunders students have a 94% Outcome Rate 6-months after graduation