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Top 10 Universities for Master's in Business Analytics Degrees

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The first ranking dedicated to business master’s programs, the QS World University Content: Business Masters Content includes the QS Masters in Business Analytics Content 2018, an index of over 40 of the world’s best institutions for master’s in business analytics degrees, based on a methodology which assesses each institution’s employability, value for money, class & faculty diversity and more, with data collected from a global survey of employers and other sources. 

Read on to discover the 10 highest ranked institutions for business analytics, or click here to view the full table.

1. MIT Sloan School of Management - Master of Business Analytics

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Ranked first for its Master of Business Analytics degree, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Sloan School of Management achieves perfect scores for three indicators: employability, alumni outcomes and thought leadership, with the final indicator taking into account a survey of academics as well as research impact and the number of staff with a PhD. Sloan’s business analytics degree aims to prepare students to interpret and use data science to solve business challenges, giving them the skillset needed for careers in a broad range of industries such as management consulting, financial services, technology and healthcare. During the course, students take part in an Analytics Capstone Project, in which they’ll work on real-life data science problems with industry specialists.

2. University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business - Master of Science in Business Analytics

Location: Austin, Texas, US

The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business is ranked second for its Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) degree, achieving a very high score for the value for money indicator, which shows graduates are seeing a good return on their investment from this master’s degree. McCombs offers students support and recruitment from industry leaders such as Walmart and Deloitte Consulting, a STEM certification, networking opportunities and industry connections, and lots of support in finding employment upon graduating. Of the admitted class of 53 students in 2017, 41 percent were international, and 53 percent were women.

3. USC Marshall School of Business - Master of Science in Business Analytics

Location: Los Angeles, US

Heading to California for the next in our look at the top universities for master’s in business analytics degrees is the University of Southern California (USC)’s Marshall School of Business, ranked third. Its Master of Science (MSc) in Business Analytics is an 18-month, comprehensive program in which students gain a broad, in-depth knowledge of all areas of business analytics and big data analysis, learning programming tools and how to translate and present complex data to help make business decisions. USC Marshall achieves very high scores for its alumni outcomes and value for money, with graduates earning an average salary of $85,000.

4. University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management - Master of Science in Business Analytics

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Another high-rated institution for its master’s in business analytics degree, the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management is ranked fourth, earning its highest score for the value for money indicator. The school’s Master of Science in Business Analytics is a one-year program which utilizes experimental learning, with students completing a semester-long experimental learning project with a partner company in the Carlson Analytics Lab.

Also achieving a high score for the alumni outcomes indicator, 100 percent of Carlson’s 2015 and 2016 graduates received offers of employment within 90 days of graduating, working for big name brands such as Amazon, Capital One, Google, Facebook, AirBnB, American Express, LinkedIn and Microsoft.

5. Melbourne Business School - Master of Business Analytics

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Heading to Australia, and next in the top 10 for the new master’s in business analytics ranking is the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Business School, at fifth. Melbourne achieves its strongest score for thought leadership, with its Master of Business Analytics course bringing together experts from computer science, statistics, mathematics and business management to provide an integrated, advanced one-year program. Students will learn how to use SAS, R, Python, Tableau and other tools and gain the skills and knowledge needed to become exceptional data scientists. Melbourne Business School achieves one of the highest scores in the top 10 for the class & faculty diversity indicator, with women making up 43 percent of class members.

6. Alliance Manchester Business School - MSc Business Analytics

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

Ranked sixth for its MSc Business Analytics degree, the University of Manchester’s Alliance Manchester Business School was one of the UK’s first business schools, established in 1956. Its MSc Business Analytics degree aims to give students the practical skills and knowledge needed to overcome the major challenges facing industry, business and the public sector today, and offers a broad range of optional modules to allow students to tailor the degree to their interests and career goals. Alliance Manchester receives high scores for thought leadership and alumni outcomes, with students graduating with the analytical skills and knowledge ideal for a large variety of careers.

7. Warwick Business School - MSc Business Analytics

Location: Coventry, UK

The University of Warwick’s largest department, Warwick Business School (WBS) is ranked seventh for its MSc Business Analytics degree, achieving a very strong score for thought leadership. As well as its semi-rural campus in Coventry, WBS has a London campus in the Shard, which offers part-time courses, giving it a presence in one of the world’s major financial centers. The school’s MSc Business Analytics degree includes a collaboration with leading analytics software developer SAS to provide a text analytics module dedicated to data mining. Students will also take part in a consultancy project and a research project to explore an important topic related to decision making in business. 

8. Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business - Master of Science in Business Analytics

Location: East Lansing, Michigan, US

Back in the US, Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business is ranked eighth for its Master of Science in Business Analytics degree. It receives nearly full marks in the value for money indicator, showing that graduates are earning high salaries in return for their investment into this master’s degree. The school’s business analytics degree is a STEM-certified course which includes the incorporation of corporate sponsored projects every semester, allowing students to gain real world experience and hands-on skills. Students will be taught by leading faculty members from the Broad College as well as the university’s colleges of Natural Sciences and Engineering.

9. Purdue University Krannert School of Management - Masters of Science in Business Analytics and Information Management

Location: West Lafayette, Indiana, US

Ranked ninth in the master’s in business analytics ranking, Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management’s Master of Science in Business Analytics and Information Management (MS BAIM) is a STEM-certified, 11-month program which prepares students for both the current and future environment of business data by focusing equally on both technologies and techniques. Students will learn how to use a variety of software tools in business, and will apply what they’ve learnt through experiential learning. Krannert receives its strongest score for employability, with 92 percent of its Class of 2017 students accepting job offers within 180 days of graduating.

10. IE Business School - Master in Business Analytics & Big Data

Location: Madrid, Spain

Concluding our look at the top 10 universities for master’s in business analytics degrees is Spain’s IE Business School, ranked 10th for its Master in Business Analytics & Big Data (MBD) degree. A 10-month program taught in English, the MBD course includes three intensive team challenges, including one set by multinational technology company IBM, to give students practical experience working directly with industry experts. IE Business School achieves a very high score for its alumni outcomes, with the latest figures showing that 90 percent of students were in employment three months after graduation, mainly in the consulting, technology, manufacturing, healthcare and media industries.

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Sabrina is a content writer for TopUniversities.com, providing guidance on a wide range of topics. A graduate of Aberystwyth University, Sabrina is originally from the West Midlands but now lives in London. 

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