For additional information about graduate programs within the College of Business Administration, please contact graduate advisor Jennifer Pettitt at GradBiz@uah.edu.  Information about the application process may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the catalog. 

Purpose

The Master of Science in Management Science-Business Analytics (MS-MSBA) program is designed as a specialized management graduate degree to serve working professionals who are interested in developing and/or enhancing their knowledge and skills in Management Science with a specific focus in Business Analytics.

The program accommodates working professionals through flexible program scheduling by offering technology-enhanced hybrid delivery to on-campus students, and by providing online program delivery for non-traditional students. The program is open to students with backgrounds in business, engineering, liberal arts or science who are interested in developing and/or enhancing their knowledge and skills in business analytics.

The MS-MSBA program aims to graduate candidates who will use business analytic theories and methods to make significant contributions in solving managerial and technical problems. Students learn about business analytical theories and methods ─ including (big) data management, business intelligence, data mining, predictive modeling, (machine learning, descriptive analytics) and other quantitative methods ─ to solve business problems, focusing on problems faced in technology-oriented, government, and government contractor organizations in the northern Alabama region. Students are introduced to such issues as translating business problems into analytical problems, developing analytical models, managing big volumes of data, analyzing data for providing solutions across business functional areas, interpreting analytical solutions for managerial decision-making, and communicating analytical results to novice and advanced technical audiences in a business environment.

The MS-MSBA program is designed to meet the highest standards of curriculum quality, faculty excellence, and program relevance in accordance with the College of Business Administration’s accreditation by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Degree Requirements

Prerequisites

The program is designed to meet the needs of students with a wide variety of educational backgrounds. Program prerequisites include a bachelor’s degree in any field and demonstration of competency in basic skills in statistical analysis and computer usage must be achieved either by prior experience and education or as part of the MS-MSBA curriculum.

The MS-MSBA program consists of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework divided into four (4) 3-credit-hour required management science core courses (12 credit hours), four (4) 3-credit-hour required business analytics core courses (12 credit hours), and two (2) elective courses to be selected from several possible areas.

The MS-MSBA degree is available in an online format although not all  elective courses are available online. Courses are also available in a traditional classroom format or in a hybrid (combined classroom and online) format. MSC 692, Business Analytics Practicum, is the capstone course and should be taken toward the end of the student’s program. The grade in MSC 692 can be no lower than B.

Management Science Core Course (12 credit hours)
ACC 600FOUNDATIONS ACC MANAGERS & ENG3
MSC 600QUANTITATIVE METHODS3
MOD 501SVY MODELING & SIMULATION3
MSC 615DECISION MODELING3
Business Analytics Core (12 credit hours)
IS 571BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE & ANALYT3
IS 640DATA MGT AND DATA MINING3
MSC 641ADVANCED ANALYTICS3
MSC 692BUSINESS ANALYTICS PRACTICUM 13
Program Electives (6 credit hours)
ADV ACC INFORMAT SYSTEMS
GAMES & NETWORKS
INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMETRICS
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SYS
ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLNG SYS
OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
1

A grade of B or better is required.

Additional Information

Thesis Option

A thesis option is available. Students interested in this option should contact the both the faculty member who the student wants to serve as the thesis advisor and the College of Business Administration’s (CBA) Director of Graduate Programs before completing 12 hours of graduate study. If selected, the student will register for the MSC 699 Master’s Thesis course for 6 credit hours in lieu of 6 credit hours of electives. 

Transfer Credit

Up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit taken at other universities may be transferred to meet MS-MSBA degree requirements. Inquiries about the transferability of specific courses should be directed to the CBA Director of Graduate Programs, who will consult with the Business Analytics faculty to determine whether the content of the class will be accepted for transfer credit.