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Delivered by the highly ranked W. P. Carey Departments of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS‑BA) was one of the first business analytics master’s degrees in the U.S. The curriculum is informed by industry partners to ensure its applicability in the real world, builds on your quantitative skills, and develops the analytics depth you need to make an immediate impact in your career.

Program overview

The W. P. Carey MS‑BA is designed for recent college graduates with a strong quantitative background. Previous work experience is not required. The program starts in August, with an on-campus orientation required before the beginning of the first semester. Classes are held weekdays on ASU's Tempe campus.

The STEM-designated business analytics master’s will prepare you for the exploding world of Big Data by developing the skills necessary for data-driven analysis and strategic business decision-making in one of the economy's fastest-growing fields.


Combining the latest developments in industry with a strong foundation in research and cross-disciplinary application, the MS‑BA will deepen your quantitative and analytical skills, and you’ll discover how to derive value from data and modeling, lead data-driven analyses, and create a business advantage across markets and industries.

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Optional MS-BA tracks

In addition to the core curriculum, the MS-BA offers four optional tracks, allowing you to strengthen your skills and knowledge in one specific area of big data. Each industry-focused track is 12 credit hours, with a minimum of two required courses and two required electives, as well as a summer internship opportunity and one additional credit of career preparation, taking you through goal setting and action planning for your next step.

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STEM-designated program

The W. P. Carey MS-BA program has been designated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security as a STEM eligible degree program (CIP code 52.1301). The STEM designation allows eligible graduates on student visas access to an Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension, up to 36 months, as compared to 12 months for non-STEM degrees. As an international student, the longer work authorization term may help you gain additional real-world skills and experience in the U.S.


Learn from dedicated, passionate teachers, practitioners and thought leaders. As world-renowned researchers and experts who consult companies around the globe, W. P. Carey faculty bring learning to life. W. P. Carey faculty members regularly contribute to and edit prestigious academic journals, and their expertise is sought by such media outlets as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, USA Today, CNN, and NPR.

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