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Three Pillars of the MS in Business Analysis

1. Develop skills applicable to business

Provides foundations in accounting, economics, marketing, finance, and management. Develops your communication and reasoning skills to apply them in a business environment.

2. Learn to use powerful analytical tools

The most powerful arguments are those supported by sound analytics. Whether debating a strategic imperative, how to allocate scarce resources, or ways to raise funds for a start-up, the power of your analysis will allow you to be a valued contributor right from the beginning. 

3. Understand commerce as a service to society

The Master of Science in Business Analysis program  is taught within the context of commerce as service to society. We believe in the principles of solidarity, subsidiarity, and respect for human dignity. These principles are integrated throughout the entire program, so that students graduate with a clear understanding of how sustained organizational success requires a commitment to ethics and integrity.

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M.S.B.A. Program Structure

Pre-Requisite Courses

Management - Theory and Practice (MGT 223)

Economics (ECON 100, 101, or 102)

Fall Semester

Managing the Enterprise (MSBA 501)

Examines the “high order thinking skills” successful Chief Executive’s exhibit in managing their enterprises.  Whether it is a large public corporation, a small-to-medium private firm, the enterprise is a complex collection of risks and opportunities that must be managed intelligently.  In order to understand various techniques for managing such complexity, we will examine the thinking and behaviors of some of the modern era’s best Chief Executives – in a wide variety of challenging real-world contexts.  Through such examination, students will learn the powerful advantages of managing an enterprise simplistically through straightforward strategies, uncomplicated communications, and meticulous attention to operating details.  – 3 credit hours

Accounting and Financial Analysis (MSBA 502)

Provides a firm foundation in accounting - the language of business – to help understand and use the results in financial reporting and managerial decision-making. The accounting process entails the:  recording of financially measurable events in the life of a business, reporting of those events to outside stakeholders (investors, creditors, regulators, employees), and analyzing accounting information for individual proposals (e.g. make to buy, profit planning, etc.)  Emphasis is placed on interpreting financial data and learning financial statement analysis through real business world situations. – 3 credit hours

Quantitative Analysis (MSBA 503)

Introduces statistical analysis, applied specifically to business decision making (including probability theory, sampling estimation, inference, and hypothesis testing) and provides tools and practice in communicating the results of such analysis clearly and effectively in a business context. - 3 credit hours

Integrated Marketing (MSBA 504)

Explores managerial policies, strategies, and decisions regarding products/services, pricing, promotions, and distribution. The course is integrated across two semesters with Business Research Methods.  We follow the course of an integrated marketing plan from the identification of a business problem through research, ideation, development, execution and finally measurement.  Through every phase of the course we will examine the impact on the human person and society. – 3 credit hours

Lessons in Leadership (MSBA 512)

Successful business executives will conduct periodic interactive seminars relating their personal experiences in observing and practicing leadership traits.  Each speaker will address one of the virtues that successful business people must embrace. This one credit hour series will allow the student access to people otherwise not available to them. – 1 credit hour

Business Communications (MSBA 518)

Business communications is an advanced writing and presentation course designed to improve the competence of those entering the business world.  The emphasis on business communications is on clarity and conciseness and attention to detail. – 3 credit hours

The Entrepreneurial Mindset (MSBA 520)

All enterprises today need an entrepreneurial mindset.  This course will stretch the Student’s minds by introducing concepts, frameworks, and alternative thinking patterns of the entrepreneur.  This course will serve as an introduction to the spring Field Team Study experience. - 1 credit hour

Career Strategy (MSBA 598)

Career strategy will meet across both semesters and is designed to teach graduate students how to get the most value out of their internships and secure employment upon graduation. Includes career self-assessment skills, resume and cover letter writing skills, interviewing skills, how to build a professional network, how to develop and execute an internship search strategy that includes creating potential employer target lists, utilizing networking and online job search resources, developing a corporate persona, and transitioning into the corporate world post-graduation. – 2 credit hours

Spring Semester

Spirit of Enterprise (MSBA 505)

Develops a comprehensive view of the contributions of business and not-for-profit enterprises, from a historical perspective. Examines to what extent the principles of solidarity, subsidiarity, and human dignity have been observed in the practice of commerce across the centuries.  Draws implications for their application today through discussion of specific, complex and multi-faceted ethical and social issues in business. – 3 credit hours

Professional Sales Management (MSBA 510)

Understand the different types of sales functions.  How to plan, organize, and lead a sales team.  The role and function of the sales manager will be examined including sales force size and organization, hiring, training, compensating and evaluating salespeople.  – 1 credit hour


Applied Financial Management (MSBA 511)

Provides a practical understanding of financial theory underpinning managerial decision making and enterprise valuation.  Building upon MSBA 502 (Accounting and Financial Analysis), the course will first focus on revenue and expense forecasting (taking into account market structure, regulation, pricing and demand dynamics), operational and capital budgeting. The second half of the course will concentrate on valuing and financing an enterprise, addressing topics such as capital markets, time value of money, discounted cash flow and financial ratio analysis. A heavy emphasis will be placed upon hands-on P/L, B/S and CF modeling in excel. – 3 credit hours

Business Research Methods (MSBA 513)

This course is initiated in and carries over from MSBA 504 in the fall in order to prepare students for their Field Team Study capstone project.  Provides understanding of the methods and technologies involved in designing and conducting market studies, including data mining, competitive analysis and proprietary market/consumer research.  Guidelines for ethical research conduct are integrated in all aspects of the course. – 1 credit hour


Field Team Study (MSBA 515)

Capstone Project.  Students work in teams to analyze a real world business problem under the guidance of a sponsoring company. Team develops solutions to the problem, drawing on the lessons learned in the classroom, and present their final recommendation to faculty and representatives from the sponsoring company.  – 5 credit hours




Business Law (MSBA 516)

Introduces the U.S. legal system from the perspective of a business leader who must understand how laws affect potential courses of action available to the enterprise.  The course provides an overview of the laws pertaining to: corporations, agency, contracts, property, product liability, and personal injury.  Learning occurs through the case method of teaching, using real-life legal cases that have been adjudicated in our national court system. – 2 credit hours

Operations Mangement (MSBA 517)

OM is about designing, managing, and improving the processes by which businesses operate.  This course will focus on how to make the organization execute effectively and efficiently at every level of the organization.  The overall goal of Operations Management is to delight customers and generate profits for reinvestment into the business.  – 1 credit hour

Data Analytics (MSBA 519)

Every day we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data – 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the past two years alone.  Data Analytics is a process of inspecting, cleaning, transforming and modeling data with the goal of discovering useful information, suggesting conclusions and supporting decisions. As part of this course, a Google Analytics certificate will be earned.  – 1 credit hour

Career Development (MSBA 697)


Building on the lessons learned in MSBA 598 in the fall, students will work one on one with the Director of Career Development to design and execute a career search plan with the goal of securing a career building job upon graduation. – 0 credit hours (Pass/Fail course)






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Master of science in business analysis 
Program StructurE

  • 15-hour course load per semester
  • Courses scheduled in the afternoons 
  • Structured and intensive seminars in resume preparation, interviewing skills and business etiquette
  • Students are encouraged to find an internship in the mornings to supplement the coursework and gain business world experience
  • Team field study tackling a real world business problem will integrate all phases of the learning experience


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