Accelerate Your Career in Data Science with an MSBA Degree

Data analytics is one of today’s most sought-after skills as organizations increasingly rely on data to drive decision-making. And the most valuable professionals are those who understand data in the context of business applications and can translate it into meaningful, actionable insights to optimize results in any function or industry. Cornell’s accelerated master’s in business analytics (MSBA) program satisfies both needs. Learn more about this STEM-designated, master’s in business analytics program below.

What Makes the MS in Business Analytics Program Unique?

Cornell’s STEM-certified Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program was designed from the ground up to uniquely prepare working professionals seeking to build a career in business analytics with the skills employers desire most: a comprehensive understanding of the language and concepts of business, strong communication and teamwork skills, and the ability to apply the tools of data science to real problems and real data through program concentrations.

Whether you’re an analyst or data scientist, work in digitally-enabled or mainstream business functions, or are a recent grad preparing for a career, this STEM MSBA degree program will help you master analytical methods and modeling, integrate these concepts and tools with business data, and directly apply the learning to solve problems and maximize performance in your professional work.

MS in Business Analytics Program at a Glance

Calendar Icon16 Month Accelerated MSBA Degree

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Why Pursue an MS in Business Analytics?

Providing the opportunity to work with leading analytics tools such as Python, SQL, and Tableau, the MSBA program equips you for a variety of careers such as data scientist, market analyst, financial analyst, and business intelligence analyst. These skills translate to a wide range of industries including finance, marketing, consulting, manufacturing, HR, healthcare, and tech.

Benefits of an MS in Business Analytics

By earning a STEM-certified MS in Business Analytics degree from Cornell, you will acquire a powerful blend of business knowledge, rigorous analytics training, and creative problem-solving abilities. You’ll graduate ready to:

  • Confidently use essential analytics tools like Excel, Python, R, and SQL to collect, visualize, and analyze data to support business decision-making and evaluate results
  • Apply business foundations and critical thinking to real problems and questions facing your organization
  • Communicate effectively with data
  • Collaborate in diverse teams and execute large projects
  • Bring the credibility, business mindset, and analytical skills needed to make sound, data-driven recommendations and decisions
  • Prepare for your career with the mentorship of the Career Management Center at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
  • Signal your data science skill set to employers and organizations through the completion of this STEM MSBA program
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Hear from Former MSBA Students

Three alumni from the MSBA program share how their experience within the program helped them secure their post-graduation jobs.

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Daylyn Mosher ’23

Daylyn accepted a position with Universal Studios Orlando as a business analyst in revenue management in June 2023.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without acquiring the skills and tools that are provided through the MSBA program.”

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Dylan Juarez ’23

Dylan transitioned from public sector consulting to retail and secured a new role as a senior analyst in customer insights with The Home Depot.

“Thanks to the Career Management Center and the skills I acquired through the courses, I was able to succeed in a variety of case interviews.”

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Michael A. Corbo ’23

Michael accepted a director role on the Corporate Treasury COO team at Morgan Stanley in May 2023.

“One of the best parts of this course was learning how to work with others on intricate projects. This resembles how it can be to work on projects in a professional setting.”

Class Profile

A glimpse at the student demographics as a combined average of our past cohorts.

Average class size: 66 students

50% of students identify as women

On average, 60% of students identify as Black/African American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Median work experience: Two years

Application Deadlines and Key Dates for the Class of 2025

  • March 15, 2024 Application Deadline (Employee Degree Program application deadline: March 15, 2024)
  • May 20, 2024 Program Start Date
  • June 10–14, 2024 Ithaca Residency Week
  • August 4-8, 2025* New York City Residency Week

*Dates subject to change.

Program Curriculum

Cornell’s MSBA program curriculum includes online and residential coursework. Students complete 11 online core MSBA courses and six online electives, choosing from concentrations in finance analytics, marketing analytics, operations and supply chain analytics, and business analytics.

The degree includes two one-week summer residency sessions in Ithaca, New York, (Term one) and New York City (Term four). During these sessions, students have the opportunity to meet their professors and classmates in person while completing intensive coursework on campus.

All MSBA courses are taught in small cohorts, with the same class size as Johnson’s residential programs to provide an interactive learning environment.

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Over the course of the program, each student completes a capstone project that addresses a real-world problem in their chosen concentration using a large-scale data set and analysis tools from the coursework.

Students should expect to spend an average of 20 hours each week on their studies. The program includes a one-week break before and after each summer term and a five-week winter break between the fall and spring terms.

The entire program is 16 months and students earn a total of 30 credits.

MS in Business Analytics Courses

Online MSBA Core Courses

Application Requirements

MSBA applicants should be critical thinkers and good communicators with superior oral and written communication skills who want to learn how to solve business problems using data modeling and analysis. You don’t need to be a data scientist, programmer, or engineer, but you need to have demonstrated quantitative proficiency with college-level calculus or statistics. Knowledge of programming is a plus, but it is not necessary.

  • A GMAT or GRE test score is not required.
  • International applicants: Because the MSBA degree consists primarily of online courses, enrollment in this degree will not qualify students for a student visa to enter the US. Applicants are responsible for applying for the appropriate visa to attend the two required in-person residency sessions.

Read the list of MSBA application requirements below.

Note: When completing the Academic Program Selection portion of the application, select Business Analytics, MS under the field of Management.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

MSBA tuition for the 2024–2025 MSBA cohort is $84,952, billed in four equal installments at the start of each program term. Additionally, an application fee of $105 is due when you submit your application. Tuition for the 2025-2026 cohort will be announced in late March 2025, and may increase marginally from the 2024-2025 tuition.

If you receive an offer of admission and want to accept it, you must officially do so through the online application system by the date indicated in your admission letter. When you accept your offer, you must also pay a nonrefundable admission deposit of $1,500, which secures your place in the incoming class. For more information, please visit the Office of the Bursar’s website.

In addition to tuition costs, accommodations for your two on-campus sessions are at your expense. All students are expected to attend the residential sessions in person. The first summer residency week is in Ithaca. You will stay in housing on Cornell University’s Ithaca campus. The second summer residency week is in New York City and you must make your own lodging arrangements.

To help cover costs, eligible MSBA students can apply for Federal Direct Loans. The Johnson Financial Aid Office can provide graduate loan information. All applicants will be considered for merit scholarships at the time of MSBA program admission by Johnson. There is no separate application requirement for merit scholarships.

Cornell University and Johnson have entered an agreement with the U.S, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a supplement to the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® education benefit.  Veterans eligible for VA benefits should contact their Veterans Administration regional office for eligibility. Cornell’s Office of the University Registrar will process enrollment each term to the VA.

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