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  • 18 months
Come study in Boston's only public business school.The STEM designated Master of Science Business Analytics program from the University of Massachusetts Boston is designed to prepare students for utilizing analytical techniques, methods, and applications for data-driven practices in diverse organizations and enterprises of all sizes.
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The Master of Science Business Analytics (MSBA) program from the University of Massachusetts Boston covers theories of powerful techniques and quantitative methods in Business Analytics and how they are applied in the real world. The program focuses on using current software tools to study effective techniques of problem formulation, developing solutions with mathematical and algorithmic techniques, and methods for implementing those solutions with technology.

International students will be required to maintain full-time student status (minimum of 3 courses per semester). 

The MSBA program offers students a choice of two specializations, Big Data Analytics and Supply Chain Analytics. Each includes a core of analytical courses, elective courses in that specialization, and a capstone course.

Key facts:

Big Data Analytics

The Big Data Analytics specialization focuses on data mining and analytical techniques, big data management, storage, and modeling. The objectives consist of enabling students to process big data in an effective and efficient way, discover knowledge patterns in big data, build predictive models, and use big data to answer business questions.

Supply Chain Analytics

The Supply Chain Analytics specialization focuses on data analytics and decision-making in the context of a major functional area in businesses—supply chains. The specialization offers courses on analytics in service operation. The objective is to use data and data modeling to optimize activities within the supply chain and consequently maximize the organization’s competitive advantage.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Database Management Systems (Required if not taken previously)
  • Enterprise Data Warehousing
  • Advanced Data Mining and Predictive Modeling 
  • Information Storage Management
  • Architect, Build and Manage Big Data Applications
  • Object Oriented Information Systems
  • Linear Optimization
  • Decision and Risk Analysis
  • Business Analytics Project

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3.4

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

You only need to take one of these tests:

  • Applicants who satisfy one of the following criteria may be eligible to waive the GMAT/GRE exam requirement for the application. 

    This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a minimum required score range.

    Minimum required Verbal Reasoning score:


    Minimum required Quantitative Reasoning score:


    The score range represents scores typically accepted at this institution.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

  • You need the following GMAT score:

    Required score: 520
    Average score: 550

    The average GMAT score from last intake (fall 2016) was 550.

    The GMAT - or Graduate Management Admission Test - is a frequent requirement for admission at management and business schools across the world. The GMAT score ranges between 200 and 800 and measures the verbal and quantitative reasoning of test-takers.

General Requirements

  • At the time of enrollment, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of recognized standing or an international equivalent.
  • Official transcripts for all institutions where you have earned more than 6 credits. 
  • Online Application and Fee: $60 for domestic applicants and $100 for international applicants, paid by Visa or MasterCard
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Résumé

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36434 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18217 USD per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    30386 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15193 USD per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • In-State

    18888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9444 USD per semester and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The College of Management at UMass Boston is offering a fellowship to exceptional International Applicants admitted to the College of Management.

This is a merit-based Fellowship in the amount of $5,000 in total to be determined based on an applicant’s admission materials including prior academic performance and/or application exam scores. 

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