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Master's in Business Analytics and Data Science

Business analytics and data science provides working professionals with hands-on data analysis experience using state-of-the-art enterprise-level analytics software as well as open-source software providing great advantages in the competitive job market. Spears Business has strong relationships with major analytics providers like SAS, Teradata and IBM and is known as one of the nation’s top business analytics programs, developing the first analytics certificate program in the nation in 2004.


Earning a master’s degree in the STEM-designated Master of Science

in Business Analytics and Data Scienceprogram requires 37 credit hours, and graduates typically find employment as data scientists, data/business analysts or consultants, or statistical analysts. Specialized options are available in marketing analytics, healthcare analytics, advanced data science or cybersecurity analytics.

Research and Faculty

OSU faculty, including Dr. Goutam Chakraborty, director of the MS-BAnDS program and chair of the SAS Global Forum 2018, are recognized nationally for their expertise in the field. 


Meet our Departmental Faculty


OSU students attend some of the top analytics conferences across the United States, and many are given the opportunity to present papers, often winning or placing among the best.



Admissions are decided on a holistic approach with successful candidates meeting the following preferences:

  • GMAT or GRE are required with minimum recommended scores above the 51st percentile in each of the test areas.
  • Work experience is considered during the application review process and is strongly encouraged. Those with five-plus years of relevant work experience may be allowed probationary admission.

Priority deadline, Jan. 15; Final deadline, March 1. Admissions for the fall semester only for on-campus students. 


Applications completed after the final deadline will be considered based on availability (for domestic students only).


For international students, a TOEFL or IELTS score may be required for admission to OSU, as indicated by the Graduate College. If a TOEFL/IELTS is required, the minimum TOEFL score for admission is 89 ibt and the minimum IELTS score is 6.5.


Cost & Assistance

Cost for each program will vary depending on credit-hours taken, scholarship funding, assistantships and financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to calculate eligibility for aid.


Assistantships vary by department. Please contact the program coordinator for information on assistantships and funding opportunities. 




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