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Master of Professional Studies in
Data Analytics – Business Analytics Option

Program Summary

Build a practical skill set that can help you support data-driven business decisions. The business analytics option focuses on preparing students for positions such as business analyst and analytic system designer.
How To Apply
Apply by March 15 to start May 15

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

30 Credits $1,046 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Online Business Analytics Degree

Learn how to make informed, data-driven business decisions with Penn State's 30-credit online Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics with an option in Business Analytics. As a student in this data analytics degree program, you can acquire the business intelligence training needed to work in positions such as business analyst, analytic system designer, or data scientist. Learn how to apply big data analytics, data mining techniques, and predictive analytics to meet your organization’s business objectives and leverage competitive advantage.

The Penn State Difference

Delivered in a strong partnership between three academic departments from across the University, the business analytics degree program offers you the opportunity to benefit from the expertise and unique perspectives of faculty with diverse backgrounds. With their broad spectrum of experiences, our faculty can teach you to collect, classify, analyze, and model data at large and ultra-large scales and across domains using statistics, computer science, machine learning, and software engineering.

This program allows for asynchronous learning. That means you can work at your own pace on assignments and not worry about being in class at a specific time. This flexibility makes the program great for working adults, military personnel, or anyone else with a busy lifestyle.

Business Analytics Curriculum: More than Predictive Analytics

The focus of the business analytics curriculum is to explore and analyze data to support data-driven business decisions through the complete spectrum of analytics activities:

  • descriptive (what happened)
  • diagnostic (why it happened)
  • predictive (what will happen)
  • prescriptive (what should happen)

In addition to learning how to use optimization and forecasting techniques, you can gain a practical skill set to perform tasks in various areas of business, such as marketing, supply chain management, operations, and risk management.

The courses offer you the chance to build expertise in business analytics software such as:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Power BI Desktop
  • R
  • RStudio
  • Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)
  • Solver (in Excel)
  • Generalized Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS)
  • Silver Decisions

Start with a Business Analytics Certificate and Step Up to the Master’s Degree

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics consists of three courses from the MPS in Data Analytics – Business Analytics option. You can begin by pursuing the certificate, and then choose to continue and apply to the master’s degree program. If you apply and are accepted to the master’s degree program, you can apply the 9 credits from the certificate toward the degree.

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