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Marshall School of Business – USC - Master of Science in Business Analytics

USC Marshall Master of Science in Business Analytics Program Structure

The USC Marshall Master of Science in Business Analytics is a 33-unit STEM program designed to be completed in either three or four semesters. Courses are completed in the fall, spring, and the following fall, in the traditional three-semester sequence. A total of 19.5 units are dedicated to required courses, with 13.5 units dedicated to electives.

The program is designed for both full-time and part-time students, with full-time students completing the program in 18 months. Part-time students are only required to complete one class per semester. However, the part-time option is limited to U.S. students only. No courses are offered online.

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Business Analytics features nine total required courses worth 19.5 units and 13.5 units of electives from a choice of 19 total courses. A traditional schedule features five core courses in the initial fall semester, plus one optional elective course. The following semester, in the spring, usually features three core courses and the beginning of required elective courses. The following fall features the majority of one’s elective courses plus any remaining core courses that have not been completed at that time.

While in the program, students acquire broad knowledge of the following subjects:

• Statistical modeling
• Data management
• Visualization and Optimization
• Information security
• Decision-making under uncertainty.

In addition, those students will learn to use tools to analyze large data sets, translate analysis to real-world situations, and learn to present that data to a larger audience.

The skills learned can be applied to a multitude of industries, including: marketing; finance; operations management; retail; banking; manufacturing; healthcare; and entertainment.

Class Profile

The most recent USC Marshall Master of Science in Business Analytics class featured 97 students, with 53 percent female students and 47 percent male students.

The majority of the class hailed from China (65 of the 97 students), followed by U.S. students (16). The average GMAT score for the class was 724, the GPA was 3.7, and the average work experience was 13 months. The average age of the class was 26.

Career Statistics

Graduates from the program earning an entry-level job can expect to earn between $80,000-140,000, while those with five or more years experience can expect to earn between $105,000-160,000.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Total tuition for the USC Marshall Master of Science in Business Analytics program is an estimated $63,096, with individual credits worth $1,912. An additional $1,300 is asked to cover career events in the program. In addition, a $2,000 nonrefundable deposit is required to hold a spot in the program.

Financial aid is not provided by the university. However, federal and private loans can be used to finance one’s education. Scholarship opportunities are limited.

Admissions

In order to apply to the USC Marshall Master of Science in Business Analytics program, applicants must provide the following:

• Official transcripts
• A completed application
• A one page résumé
• A personal statement
• One letter of recommendation
• One-minute video
• GMAT/GRE scores
• Application fee (waived for current USC students, staff, and alumni)
• Proof of English proficiency (if necessary)

Work experience is suggested but not explicitly required in order to apply. The current acceptance rate to the program is around 14.2%.

The fall 2020 application deadline is October 1, 2019.

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