Meet the Demand
From smart phones to social media to the emerging "Internet of Things," companies need to manage more and more complex data every day. This explosion of Big Data impacts every part of the global economy, and the demand for business analytics specialists is expected to reach 1.5 million jobs by 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The W. P. Carey Online 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.
A perfect fit for your schedule and goals
The W. P. Carey School of Business launched its first online program in 2003. In the years since, thousands of students have chosen W. P. Carey to help them pursue a degree that can make a real difference in their lives, while maintaining the flexibility of earning their degree while they work. Our online programs have been an ideal solution for military students stationed abroad, international students, busy working professionals from out of state, and even Arizona residents who either need or simply prefer to study online.
The Online MS-BA is a perfect fit for students with two or more years of professional experience. The program builds on the knowledge you already have and builds toward a culminating applied project. Along the way, you’ll learn in a one-course-at-a-time model that allows you to focus on your studies while juggling work and personal responsibilities.
The lock-step approach to the Online MS-BA curriculum ensures that you’ll learn concepts that weave together to create a stronger body of knowledge, and you’ll study and work on projects with teammates whenever it’s most convenient for you. The program starts in January and takes 16 months to complete, meaning you’ll graduate the following May. Although you take all of your coursework online, there is one required on-campus orientation at the beginning of the program and, of course, you’re welcome to join your classmates on campus for graduation.
A STEM-designated program
The W. P. Carey Online 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 29 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.
A variety of career opportunities
Typical positions for our graduates include systems analysts within information systems, finance, or operations functions, IT managers, and technology officers both within and outside the IT industry.
A smart choice for international students
Arizona State University ranks as the top public research institution in the U.S. and No. 4 overall for international students, according to the Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange. Our record of excellence and impact attracts motivated, diverse scholars from all over the world: More than 100 countries are represented in the W. P. Carey student body alone.