The MS in Business Analytics and Data Science (MS BAnDS) is a STEM designated program
that develops the next generation of analytics and data science professionals to tackle
real-world challenges. In 2020, our program was listed as 21st in the TFE times ranking of Masters Programs in Business Analytics. We use state-of-the-art enterprise level
analytics software from multiple vendors such as Alteryx, Azure, Power BI, Tableau,
SAS, Snowflake as well as open source software such as Google Colab, Python and R
which provide great advantages in the competitive job market.
Analytics and Data Science program requires 37 credit hours, and graduates typically find employment as data scientists, data/business analysts or consultants, or statistical analysts.
It is a 21-month program (for full-time on campus students) of which up to 7 months
may be used for internships. Beyond 22 credit hours of core courses, all students
have the choice of specializing in various pre-approved options or, creating a completely
customized set of electives to fit their career goals.
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.
Admissions are decided on a holistic approach with successful candidates meeting the
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 for all candidates.
Priority deadline, Jan. 15; Final deadline, March 1. Admissions is 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.Students planning to enroll under F-1 visa status should not complete the FAFSA, although
eligibility for merit and need-based aid will be further determined through a process
provided by the program post-admission.
Assistantships vary by department. Please contact the program coordinator for information
on assistantships and funding opportunities.