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Master of Science in Business Analytics

Spring and Fall 2023 applications are now open. We encourage early applications as applicants are admitted on a first come, first served basis.

Application Deadline for Spring 2023: December 1, 2022

Application Deadline for Fall 2023: May 16, 2023


For additional information, please contact:
Claire Goldsby, M.A.
Admissions Coordinator
goldsby@csus.edu
(916) 278-2895

International students will not be issued an F-1 student visa for this program as it is a completely online program.

MSBA student using computer

MSBA Overview

Sacramento State’s Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) prepares students to connect data and models to substantive business problems so effective business decisions can be made. This 100% online program focuses on using quantitative approaches and core technologies to help improve decision making and performance in business. Covered approaches and their application to business disciplines such as accounting, finance, human resources, insurance, management, and marketing include:
  • Database concepts
  • Data visualization tools and techniques
  • Statistical modeling
  • Data mining
  • Machine learning
  • Big Data technologies

Through a series of ten 3-unit courses (30 total units), The MSBA utilizes online course materials to deliver instruction in a completely web-based format allowing for considerable flexibility and the ability for students to focus on taking only two courses at a time while completing their degree in only 21 months.

MSBA graduates will:

  • Master, integrate, and apply knowledge and skills of business analytics to current and practical contexts and situations.
  • Demonstrate skills in business analytics software, tools, and technologies.
  • Demonstrate an ability to translate data and analytics into clear and actionable business decisions and insights.
  • Communicate analytics findings to business decision makers in a variety of formats appropriate to the audience.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think creatively, analytically, and critically when confronted with business problems.

The MSBA will prepare its graduates for data analytics related positions such as:

  • Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Data Engineer
  • Analytics Manager

MSBA Program Inquiry

MSBA Program Curriculum


• Program Requirements (24 units)
• Electives (6 units)

  1. Program Requirements (24 units)
    • MSBA 201 Programming for Business Analytics (Python, R)
    • MSBA 202 Data Management for Business Analytics (SQL)
    • MSBA 203 Data Visualization and Communication for Business Analytics (Tableau)
    • MSBA 204 Decision Analytics (Python, R)
    • MSBA 205 Data Analytics for Business (Python, R)
    • MSBA 206 Data Mining for Business (Python, R)
    • MSBA 207 Machine Learning for Business (Python, R)
    • MSBA 208 Capstone Project in Business Analytics
  2. Electives (6 units)
    • MSBA 211 Marketing Analytics
    • MSBA 212 Social Media Analytics
    • MSBA 213 Financial Analytics
    • MSBA 214 Big Data Technologies for Business

Note: MSBA 203 is the Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course that fulfills the first step of your Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). To complete the first step of the Graduate GWAR, all graduate students must earn a grade of B or higher in the required GWI course. More information can be found here.

MSBA Class Schedule and Format

Fall 2023 Cohort
Monday/Wednesday courses
Semester 1 (Fall 2023): MSBA 201, MSBA 202
Semester 2 (Spring 2024): MSBA 203, MSBA 205
Semester 3 (Summer 2024): MSBA 204, MSBA 206
Semester 4 (Fall 2024): MSBA 207, MSBA Elective
Semester 5 (Spring 2025): MSBA Elective, MSBA 208

Spring 2023 Cohort:
Tuesday/Thursday courses
Semester 1 (Spring 2023): MSBA 201, MSBA 202
Semester 2 (Summer 2023): MSBA 203, MSBA 205
Semester 3 (Fall 2023): MSBA 204, MSBA 206
Semester 4 (Spring 2024): MSBA 207, MSBA Elective
Semester 5 (Summer 2024): MSBA Elective, MSBA 208

Fall 2022 Cohort
Monday/Wednesday courses
Semester 1 (Fall 2022): MSBA 201, MSBA 202
Semester 2 (Spring 2023): MSBA 203, MSBA 205
Semester 3 (Summer 2023): MSBA 204, MSBA 206
Semester 4 (Fall 2023): MSBA 207, MSBA Elective
Semester 5 (Spring 2024): MSBA Elective, MSBA 208

Spring 2022 Cohort:
Tuesday/Thursday courses
Semester 1 (Spring 2022): MSBA 201, MSBA 202
Semester 2 (Summer 2022): MSBA 203, MSBA 205
Semester 3 (Fall 2022): MSBA 204, MSBA 206
Semester 4 (Spring 2023): MSBA 207, MSBA Elective
Semester 5 (Summer 2023): MSBA Elective, MSBA 208

Fall 2021 Cohort
Monday/Wednesday courses
Semester 1 (Fall 2021): MSBA 201, MSBA 202
Semester 2 (Spring 2022): MSBA 203, MSBA 205
Semester 3 (Summer 2022): MSBA 204, MSBA 206
Semester 4 (Fall 2022): MSBA 207, MSBA Elective
Semester 5 (Spring 2023): MSBA Elective, MSBA 208

The MSBA program is 100% online. Students should enroll in two courses each semester. Online synchronous work will be scheduled one evening (6:00pm - 8:50pm) per week for each course. For each semester, students can expect to meet virtually two nights per week.

MSBA Master Schedule

MSBA Tuition and Financial Aid

MSBA Tuition

$825 per unit (3 units per class)

The total cost of the program is $24,750.

Does not include student fees books and all course materials

Financial Aid

Financial Aid may be available for students pursuing the MSBA degree. We recommend starting the financial aid process as early as possible by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). More information can be found here.

For questions, please contact: ccefinancialaid@csus.edu

MSBA Application Information

Spring and Fall 2023 applications are now open. We encourage early applications as applicants are admitted on a first come, first served basis.

Application Deadline for Spring 2023: December 1, 2022

Application Deadline for Fall 2023: May 16, 2023

NOTE: You must complete the entire application process and pay the $70 fee by the appropriate deadline to be considered an applicant to the program. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please follow the directions carefully below to be considered for the MSBA Spring 2023 program. Applicants will need to submit the following:

Complete a Cal State Apply Application and pay $70 application fee

On the first page, please select which term you would like to apply to: Spring 2023


Campus: Sacramento State
Add Program: Business Administration - Business Analytics listed under "Sacramento Extension"

- Complete the Personal Information, Academic History, and Supporting Information Sections
- Under Program Materials, applicants will submit the following:

  • Statement of Career Objectives (1 page): This statement should include a description of your long- and short-term career goals, and the ways in which you believe the MSBA degree will help you to achieve them.
  • Current resume
  • Request for two letters of recommendation: Applicants will enter name and an email request will automatically be sent to the recommender on your behalf. Please advise your recommender to look for this email in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk-mail folder, as emails do occasionally get filtered out. Recommenders can complete the Recommendation Form or write their own letter and upload directly through the email portal. Please see page 27 of these instructions for more details on the recommendation submission process.

Copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State sent electronically to gradtranscripts@csus.edu or hard copy to:

Office of Graduate Studies
California State University, Sacramento
Riverfront Center, Room 215, MS 6112
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819

All transcripts must be received by the application deadline. For students graduating in Fall 2022, please request official transcripts to be sent. You will need to request a second set of transcripts once you have graduated and your degree is conferred.

Cal State Apply Application

Application deadline for Spring 2023: December 1, 2022

Need help?

MSBA Application Tips

Download the MBA Instructions for the Cal State Apply Application as an example

An email will be sent to you approximately one week after you submit your Cal State Apply application. The email will come from the University Office of Graduate Studies and contains instructions on how to create a SacLink account and Sac State email address.

MSBA Minimum Qualifications

Candidates are required to have:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a 2.50 overall GPA (Title V requirement)
  • Minimum 6 units of quantitative courses, with a grade of a minimum of “C” or higher in these quantitative courses from those applicants with less than 3 years of analytics related work experience.
  • Applicants with foreign documents must submit their transcripts for evaluation by one of the approved agencies. Please review the information from the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Applicants who earned a degree from an institution located in a nation where English is not the official language, or where the language of instruction at that institution was not English, must take the TOEFL or IELTS or PTE and receive a passing score: a minimum TOEFL of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based), or an IELTS score of 6.5
  • Two Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Career Objectives (1 page): This statement should include a description of your long- and short-term career goals, and the ways in which you believe the MSBA degree will help you to achieve them.
  • Current resume

MSBA student using computer

MSBA Degree Learning Goals

Students will have certain capabilities (knowledge, skills, abilities) that result from your business degree program. At the Sacramento State, we call these capabilities learning outcomes. Learning outcomes are measured and analyzed through a broad range of assessments, from class assignments to standardized exams, to provide assurance of learning in the degree program. From time to time, the College of Business (COB) or your instructors may ask or require you to participate in assessments. We use the information from assessments to reinforce what is working or to make changes to support student learning and success. For example, we may revise curriculum or hire additional staff and faculty to support the needs of our students. We document how our students perform and the actions that we take to continuously improve. This process helps to enhance the student experience and maintain our external accreditation with AACSB International. Speaking of accreditation, less than 5% of business schools worldwide are accredited by AACSB and thus this elite accreditation contributes greatly to the COB reputation. We hope that when you are asked to participate in assessment activities that you will accept the invitation and put your best effort forward.

Goal 1: Integrate and apply knowledge and skills of business analytics.

1.1: Integrate knowledge of business analytics methods in statistics, data warehousing, data mining, machine learning, and management science to create business value.

1.2: Develop tools using business analytics software and technologies.

Goal 2: Communicate analytics findings to business decision makers.

2.1: Communicate in writing analytics findings to business decision makers appropriate to the audience.

2.2: Communicate analytics findings orally to business decision makers appropriate to the audience.

Goal 3: Demonstrate creative and analytical thinking.

3.1: Develop analytical models to appropriate data to make holistic judgments when analyzing business situation.

3.2: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the underlying assumptions and limitations of business analytics methods and models.

Goal 4: Communicate key knowledge of business analytics with clarity and purpose.

4.1. Demonstrate an ability to integrate multiple sources of data, evaluate data accuracy and thereby translate data and analytics into clear and actionable business decisions and insights.

Goal 5: Understand professional integrity and the ethical and legal implications of the use of business analytics.

5.1. Integrate ethical actions and regulatory compliance in the management and use of data.

Goal 6: Incorporate multicultural perspectives and global awareness

6.1. Develop business analytics implementations that represent multicultural perspectives and global awareness.

Contact Information

Program Curriculum

Min Li, PhD
Faculty Director
(916) 538-2753
Tahoe Hall - Room 2056
limin@csus.edu

MSBA Admissions

Claire Goldsby, M.A.
(916) 278-2895
goldsby@csus.edu

Academic Advising

Serena Hoffman, M.S.
(916) 278-6391
cba-grad@csus.edu