Online Master’s in Business Analytics

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Bridge the Gap Between Data and Strategy

In the business world, big data is much more than a buzzword. It presents a major concern for businesses and organizations that can’t handle large and complex datasets with traditional processing applications. This presents a unique challenge and opportunity for emerging analysts, who interpret data and apply their understanding toward reducing risk and unnecessary spending, streamlining business operations, and making timely decisions that are critical to an organization’s success.

That’s why the Online Master of Business Analytics program from Ohio University’s College of Business goes beyond conventional tools and methods to help you develop the advanced analytical skills you need to be a part of forward-thinking solutions. Earning a Master of Business Analytics will equip you with the technical expertise to dig deeper into organizational data and play a key role in making critical business decisions — preparing you to be a confident leader in an emerging field. Be an expert in interpreting data and telling its story by earning your master’s in business analytics online.

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What Can You Do with a Master of Business Analytics?

The global economy relies on data and technology. Organizations in sectors such as aerospace and defense, business, finance, health care, and hospitality need talented and educated analytical professionals who can contribute to streamlining and growing their operations.

Demand for analytics professionals continues to exceed supply, meaning that the opportunity to land a rewarding, high-paying job in your field of interest is well within reach. In fact, LinkedIn’s Emerging Jobs Report ranks data scientist and data engineer among the top 15 best jobs in America. But to capitalize on these trends and become a qualified job candidate, you need to lay the foundation with a renowned degree that gives you the essential skills to identify, communicate, and apply data-driven insights that improve business efficiencies.

Earning your Online Master of Business Analytics from OHIO empowers you to stand out from the pack for a variety of professional roles through a flexible, immersive, remote learning environment.

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Why Choose Ohio University’s Master of Business Analytics Online?

Data is vast. In the information age, the world generates and collects massive quantities of data every second. From Google searches to YouTube content to social media activity, everyone with access to technology is consistently producing data that contributes to a larger analytical story.

This immense data production is extremely valuable to organizations, as it can serve to gauge consumer response, analyze competitors, and improve marketing strategies, to name just a few applications. But just collecting the data is not enough; companies need individuals who can interpret and communicate it for application toward organizational goals. The online master’s degree in business analytics from Ohio University supplies you with the crucial skills to tell the story of data — making you indispensable to company operations.

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The College of Business at Ohio University is consistently recognized for academic excellence. We are also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) — an esteemed designation held by less than 5% of business schools worldwide. Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Ohio University is praised for professor accessibility by The Princeton Review, and we are recognized by Peterson’s Competitive Colleges for academic quality and value. We pride ourselves on making all academic resources available in an immersive remote environment for students pursuing their master’s degree in business analytics online, assuring a comprehensive educational experience.


KDnuggets is a leading site on AI, analytics, big data, data mining, data science, and machine learning. It recently rated OHIO’s Online Master of Business Analytics the No. 16 best master’s degree in data science and analytics — allowing you to graduate with a renowned and reputable degree that employers recognize as top quality.

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Online learning with a personal touch.

One of the features all of our online graduate business programs share is our Leadership Development Conference (LDC). This unique event bridges the gap between classroom learning and real-world application. All online students are required to attend the LDC at least once, but we encourage you to participate more often if you can.

During your two days on campus in Athens, Ohio, you’ll hear from world-class speakers who will discuss various aspects of leadership, including how to lead yourself, how to lead and influence others, and how to effectively lead businesses and enterprises in today’s modern environment. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with classmates in your program, network with students enrolled in other online business programs, and meet the faculty you’ve learned from.


Master of Business Analytics Curriculum

You don’t need to be a statistician or software expert to advance your career in the growing field of analytics. Instead, you need a deep desire to solve complex problems and an innate drive to discover innovative solutions. The coursework provided in our Online Master of Business Analytics program will challenge you to reinvent the status quo, pushing you beyond the rows of data in Excel and introducing you to more cutting-edge analytics tools. Study with us, and you can:

  • Gain the skills to examine and interpret large datasets
  • Learn to use a variety of advanced analysis tools, techniques, and methodologies
  • Use data to identify business trends and solve complex organizational challenges
  • Create unique data models and databases to support business solutions
  • Use data-based discoveries to mitigate organizational risk
MBA 6320 Descriptive Analytics 3 Credits
MBA 6390 Predictive Analytics 3 Credits
MBA 6360 Strategic Use of Information Systems 3 Credits
MBA 6395 Business Intelligence 3 Credits
MBA 6420 Programming for Analytics 3 Credits
MBA 6325 Prescriptive Analytics 3 Credits
MBA 6495 Business Intelligence II 3 Credits
MBA 6490 Predictive Analytics II 3 Credits
MBA 6460 Strategic Use of Analytics 3 Credits
MBA 6912 Applied Business Experience (CAPSIM) 2 Credits
MBA 6924 Analytics Practicum 1 Credit

Meet the Online Master of Business Analytics Faculty

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Study data analytics online at Ohio University, and you can learn from some of the best and brightest in the field. Case in point: Meet Dr. William Young, the director of our Online Master of Business Analytics program.

Dr. Young is more than an award-winning mechanical and systems engineer. He’s a published scholar who leads research focused on descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics and operations management. He has developed and deployed a variety of statistical applications and machine learning-based methodologies. This is your chance to learn from Dr. Young and other award-winning faculty members at Ohio University.

After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering, what made you decide to become a professor of business analytics?

While getting my Ph.D. in Mechanical and Systems Engineering, I worked on a sponsored project for GE Aviation to build a preliminary design cost estimator for manufacturing and maintaining jet engine parts. I started looking at the mathematical relationships to build cost-estimating equations. The GE project, for me, was the quintessential moment to define my interest because I just fell in love with data analysis. I found I had a natural knack for looking at and summarizing data, along with the grit to keep working at it. That’s really how my engineering background helped me become a professor of business analytics.

How can a master’s degree in business analytics be applied to operations management?

A lot of analytics started within operations. Operations management is all about looking for more efficient ways to do things and how to drive quality. Operations is really a part of marketing, sales, logistics, manufacturing, service-based industries like finance and insurance, and even sports and hospitality. Cost estimation is an operations management topic as well. We can collect information on anything and use it to build a good model that lets us make strategic predictions.

How does your expertise in business analytics underpin your interest in fields as diverse as operations management, sports, and even educational technologies?

Analytics is applicable to just about anything because you can collect information on anything. If you have information — be it on a process, customers, or a technology — and are running a business, you need to be competitive, which means being efficient and delivering high quality. You can look at ways to leverage data in anything you do — whether it’s education, environmental systems, or even sports — to make predictions. It never ceases to amaze me how many applications there are for analytics in any discipline out there, and sports is one of them.  

Speaking of sports, how did you apply your expertise in data analytics to making data-informed predictions for Major League Baseball and the NFL?

In one of my first publications — “Determining Hall of Fame Status for Major League Baseball Using Artificial Neural Networks” — I explored areas that, at the time, hadn’t been explored by researchers with analytical skills. I simply wanted to apply the new technology I was learning to something I was interested in. I forecast the likelihood of current MLB players’ becoming Hall of Fame members by analyzing on-field statistics, such as on-base percentage, home runs, stolen bases, and errors, and quantifying how important they are and which stats are more important than others. Separately, my dissertation involved developing a decision support system for the NFL to help teams make business decisions on players, player trades, and contracts.

As the director of the Online Master of Business Analytics program, what do you tell prospective students to interest them in pursuing a degree at Ohio University?

If you have the interest and determination, you’ll be successful. We assume very little and guide every student along the way so they’ll have an attractive skill set at the end. Business analytics is a new, exciting area because there’s a deluge of data and a shortage of people with the skills to lead companies through the analytics revolution. An MBAn is a unique opportunity to make an incredible impact.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with an online master’s degree in business analytics?

Earning a master’s degree in business analytics can open doors to a variety of in-demand professional roles, including data scientist, data architect, statistician, application architect, market research analyst, business/analytics translator, and managerial roles relating to business intelligence, to name some of the most common career paths.

What is the typical salary for online master’s in business analytics degree graduates?

According to PayScale, graduates with a master’s degree in business analytics earned an average salary of $73,000 per year as of September 2021. Experience level, geographic location, and job title can affect salary, with pay ranges reaching around $128,000 annually for senior-level positions.

Is the online MBAn program accredited?

Yes. We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and we are also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) — a distinguished designation held by less than 5% of business schools in the world.

How much is the tuition for the Master of Business Analytics program?</h3>

For Ohio residents, program tuition is $35,250, at a cost of $1,175 per semester credit hour. For non-Ohio residents, program tuition is $35,820, at a cost of $1,194 per semester credit hour.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Does Ohio University offer scholarships?

Ohio University’s College of Business is proud to offer scholarships to those seeking to continue their education. If you’re an Ohio University alum, student veteran or active military member, or employee of a corporate partner, you’re automatically eligible to receive a scholarship. Learn more by reviewing our scholarship page or contacting an enrollment advisor.

How long is the Online Master of Business Analytics degree program?

The program is composed of 11 courses, which require 30 total semester credit hours of coursework. It takes 16 to 20 months to complete.

Are there campus visit requirements?

All students are required to attend one Leadership Development Conference (LDC) — an on-campus, weekend-long event where they will hear from world-class speakers and bridge the gap between online classroom learning and real-world application.

When I graduate, what will my diploma read?

Your diploma will read “Master of Business Analytics.” Your diploma will not say the word “online.”

Graduate Business Certificate Options

Ohio University also offers 9-credit Online Graduates Business Certificates in Business Analytics and Business Analytics Leadership. Coursework from these certificates can be applied towards the full Online Master of Business Analytics.

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