Business Analytics MS

About the MS in Business Analytics (MSBA) at Loyola

The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) offers a unique blend of courses with a strong focus on theoretical and practical knowledge combined with hands-on experience in information systems and data analytics. Our cutting-edge curriculum emphasizes important skills and tools in the information systems and analytics space such as SQL, Python, R, Tableau, database and data warehouse modeling, data mining, data visualization, and data storytelling.

Whether you are an information systems professional, early-career professional, or career changer, the Master’s in Business Analytics program prepares you to be a leader in information systems and opens a variety of career options and advancement opportunities.

Program Structure

Courses are offered both online and in person at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, which is conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago. The program is on a 10-week quarter system, and you can begin the program in the Spring or Fall quarter. The 12-course program can be completed in one to two years depending on the number of courses you take each quarter.

Are you a current Loyola undergrad?

This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your eligible undergraduate degree.

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Why Choose Loyola for a Master’s in Business Analytics?

The Quinlan School of Business is among the 5% of the world's business schools that meet the rigorous standards of AACSB international accreditation.

Nationally ranked, student-focused

Quinlan has the exceptional technological resources and reputation of a big business school, with the warmth and attention to the individual of a small school. Earning your MS in Business Analytics degree from a nationally ranked business school with a tradition of academic excellence delivers an outstanding return on investment. You'll earn a degree that can propel your career.

All MS in Business Analytics students will be awarded the Business Analytics (BA) Certificate when they complete the program, adding an extra credential to your resume. The BA certificate’s five graduate courses are encompassed within the MS in Business Analytics program.

The MS in Business Analytics program is taught by nationally recognized faculty who combine technical knowledge and expertise with a commitment to teaching and the well-being of students.

Program faculty are accomplished and well-published researchers and authors of leading textbooks in the field. Our faculty have extensive applied research, industry consulting, and entrepreneurship experience; their strong connections to the information systems community help our students advance in their careers.

The MS in Business Analytics is STEM-certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Science Foundation. With a national shortage of professionals trained in STEM-related fields, employers are actively pursuing STEM degree holders.

Not ready to commit to a degree? You can enroll in classes as a non-degree-seeking student. The non-degree-seeking option allows you to take classes before applying to a degree program, transfer credit to another institution, or obtain professional or personal enrichment.

You can apply up to three courses toward a degree if you later decide to apply and are admitted to the master’s program at Quinlan.

Participate in active student organizations, such as the Graduate Business Student Association, Graduate Women in Business, or the Rambler Investment Fund to improve networking and career skills.

Our Business Career Services team maintains relationships with area companies, ensuring that exciting and challenging internships/research opportunities are consistently available. Evening and Saturday classes help make fitting an internship into your schedule easier.

Completing the MS in Business Analytics degree puts you in excellent company: Quinlan has a strong network of 30,000+ alumni who work in nearly every major corporation in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the Quinlan School of Business faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Business Analytics MS program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Business Analytics MS program may vary from quarter to quarter, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Business Analytics MS learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Business Analytics MS totals $60660.00, or 36 credit hours at a cost of $1,685.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

Quinlan School of Business Scholarships

Dean’s Merit Scholarship

The Quinlan School of Business automatically considers each student admitted into Quinlan’s Next Generation MBA and MS programs for a Dean's Merit Scholarship. Eligibility is determined through a holistic review at the time of admission.

Graduate Business Student Scholarship

The Graduate Programs Office at Loyola University Chicago awards scholarships to Quinlan graduate students who demonstrate proven academic success and financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Please visit the Scholarships page on the Quinlan School of Business website for more detailed information about scholarships.

Appointments and Events

Whether you’re just beginning your search, in the midst of the application process, or eager to explore our graduate and professional programs, our admissions staff is here to assist you every step of the way.

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The Quinlan School of Business offers graduate open houses, information sessions, individual appointments, open Zoom and text sessions, and a multitude of other ways to get to know us better.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Business Analytics MS are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall: July 15
Spring: January 15

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Business Analytics MS include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • Resume/CV

Statement of Purpose Details

Recommended for applicants with a cumulative GPA under 3.0 and for applicants who may feel that one or more parts of their application is weak, the personal statement provides the admission committee with more insight on your candidacy.

Please discuss how Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business degree program and our focus on responsible leadership will prepare you to achieve your career goals. Your statement should be 2-3 pages in length, double-spaced.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to gradapp@luc.edu.

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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