MBA in Business Analytics

MBA in Business Analytics

Lead Companies with Data-Driven Decision Making 

The business world needs more employees who can synergize business acumen with statistical skills to develop, present and advocate for strategic and responsible change in organizations. Clarkson's new Master of Business Administration in Business Analytics is designed to meet that growing need.

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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Business Analytics complements graduate work in business administration with modern methods of statistical analysis, data management, and decision analysis. The program emphasizes foundational principles of business and data science as well as practical leadership and analytical skills.

Upon completion, graduates will be able to acquire, analyze and interpret large amounts of data to solve problems in a wide range of business domains, such as finance, marketing, and supply chain management. Graduates will also be prepared to manage teams of data scientists and lead data-driven decisions for organizations.

The Business Analytics MBA is a 1.5 - 2 year program in person at Clarkson University's main campus in Potsdam, New York. It is a STEM-designated program, making it a great choice for international students looking for graduate study in business analytics in the U.S. 

What You'll Learn

Upon completion of the Business Analytics MBA, you'll demonstrate proficiency in:

  • all core aspects of business administration
  • leadership skills to work effectively with diverse, technical teams
  • managing large databases and using a variety of analytical methods to solve problems in a wide range of business domains
  • translating and presenting statistical results to diverse audiences
  • following career paths requiring data analysis, data-driven managerial decisions, and leadership skills

The Business Analytics MBA program is a total of 38 credits, with an integrated curriculum spanning both business and data analytics. There are 16 required courses as well as 6 credit customization options including a professional project or internship. Students may start in the Fall or Spring semester. If a student elects to start in the Spring Semester, they will receive a specialized course plan from the department that will be a different sequence than the one listed.

Fall Semester I Courses (13 credits)

Management Accounting
Supply Chain Management
Information Systems
Decision Analysis and Supply Chain Modeling
Corporate Ethical Decision Making
Database Modeling

Spring Semester Courses (12 credits)

Required Courses:

Probability and Statistics for Analytics
Data Warehousing
Choose 2 Electives:

Data Mining
Machine Learning
IA Elective
Professional Internship or Project

Fall Semester II Courses (13 credits)

Financial Management
Organizational Behavior and Performance Management
Applied Economics
Marketing Management
Info Visualization
Strategic Planning (Capstone)


A complete application includes the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Résumé or CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Optional GMAT/GRE test scores
  • For international applicants, an English proficiency test is required.
    • Minimum test score requirements: TOEFL (80) and TOEFL Essentials (8.5), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) or Duolingo English Test (115).
    • The English language-testing requirement is not waived based on language of instruction, nor do we accept university certificates. English testing is waived if an applicant has a degree from a country where English is the Native Language. Click here to see the list of these countries.
  • Automatic admission: If you satisfy one of the below criteria, you are eligible for automatic admission into our graduate business programs:
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher from a regionally accredited college.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher AND a GMAT score of 500 or higher.
  • A master's degree or above from a regionally accredited college.

These criteria are for admissions purposes only. To be considered for scholarships, students should complete an application. Automatic admission applies only to candidates who have earned degrees from regionally accredited institutions in the United States. All other applicants will follow the prescribed requirements.

Learn more about admission requirements for graduate students. 

You are automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship when applying for a graduate degree program at the Reh School of Business. You do not need to fill out a separate scholarship application. Scholarships are given based on academic achievement (GPA), standardized tests (GMAT or equivalent), work experience and other notable accomplishments.

We also offer the Early Decision Award for Residential Business Programs. Commit by March 1 for fall enrollment and November 1 for spring. Receive an additional award when you commit to the residential program. This award is added to any existing merit scholarship. Contact the MBA program for additional information on this award.

Career Possibilities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 11% job growth of Business Analysts from 2021-2031, double the overall job growth projection. A Clarkson Master of Business Administration degree can lead to higher salary potential that quickly provide return on investment for the degree. Clarkson boasts a 99% placement rate within 3 months of graduation. Clarkson’s recent graduates have gone on to careers in Fortune 500 companies such as Amazon, Target, General Dynamics, and more. MBA students at Clarkson reported higher starting salaries, with an average starting salary of nearly $96K in 2023.

According to the GMAC 2021 Alumni Perspectives survey, 87% of MBA graduates reported an increase in employability after completing a degree, while 79% reported increase in earnings power. Long term, GMAC’s Corporate Recruiters survey indicates MBA grads achieve salaries of $50,000 more per year than those with only a bachelor’s degree.

Many careers focus on solving specific business problems with data. Common job titles include:

  • business analyst
  • data expert in a high data field, such as marketing, accounting, or supply chain
  • business intelligence analyst
  • operations research (25% job growth)
  • data-based consulting
  • data/systems architect

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