Business Analytics – Chicago (MSBA)
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Big data has now reached every sector of the global economy.
With the Notre Dame Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) in Chicago, you go beyond data collection to create impact. You understand the techniques and challenges of data while telling the stories of data in a powerful way. You have the unique skills and knowledge to identify and integrate data sources, develop machine learning models, and communicate the results to business leaders. Ultimately, you’ll champion the use of data to make educated business decisions.
The MSBA in Chicago is designed for working professionals. The cohort-based in-person learning environment in downtown Chicago fosters deeper conversation and understanding of data, the power behind data to make decisions and creates connections to your classmates not available in online programs.
Format & Location:
Every other Friday & Saturday on the Chicago campus
Highlights: MSBA Experience
Use state-of-the-art analytics tools.
You'll employ the latest in analytics technology to visualize data, build sophisticated models, and interpret the results.
Gain experience with real-world analytics.
The program culminates with a hands-on capstone project where you and your team will partner with a corporate sponsor on a real-world analytics project where you'll have the opportunity to put your knowledge and skills to work.
Begin in January, finish in December.
MSBA classes meet in downtown Chicago on alternating weekends (8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday) for a year. Augmented with three immersions at Notre Dame, the MSBA will be completed in 12 months while you maintain your full-time employment.
Learn more about the student experience from current MSBA Chicago candidates:
After the undergrad experience, each working professional’s track record and goals are unique. Our commitment is to work with you individually to acquire the skills and confidence necessary to master all current and future career transitions. We provide a full range of services that allow you to customize your personal career development plans for a fulfilling and rewarding career.
Professional coaches from Mendoza’s Career Development staff provide a combination of group and individual learning experiences. Conveniently scheduled workshops provide content tailored to segments of students with similar career goals and needs. Personalized Career Mastery Coaching is available as a one-on-one coaching immersion that equips you to navigate any future career decision with clarity, confidence, and conviction.
Coaches guide you to develop your own hard-hitting, targeted, and unique message for the roles you are ideally suited for with our proprietary Career Mastery curriculum of online video-supported content and tools.
With a Notre Dame degree, your business family will grow far beyond campus. You will become part of one of the most extensive and engaged alumni networks in the world, joining more than 144,000 active Notre Dame graduates — all of whom look out for one another. We will show you the best ways to identify and connect with those sharing mutual interests.
Leaders from this select list of companies, and many others, have gained a Notre Dame MSBA degree to achieve their own legendary advantage:
Select Companies for MSBA Graduates
- Aon Hewitt
- BMO Bank
- Deloitte Consulting
- Flywheel Digital
- JP Morgan Chase
- McDonald’s Corporation
- Sandia National Laboratories
- Whole Foods Markets
More than 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make an effective decision are needed in the U.S. alone, according to McKinsey.
Student Life in Chicago
Classmates who are experts in their respective fields become your trusted advisers. Faculty who provide insights become your consultants. The alumni network opens doors that were once closed. The intangibles are what make the return on your investment infinite.
You’ll be able to continue working during the week and team up with a cohort of professionals for class every other Friday and Saturday in downtown Chicago. You’ll expand your collective wisdom by drawing on one another’s expertise and experience, and discover new approaches to solving business problems.
The classmates in your cohort will become your staunchest allies, from whom you will gain academic, professional and personal support. You’ll also join the Notre Dame family. From the time you start classes, you’ll have the opportunity to attend networking events and connect with your local Notre Dame club to grow your connections. And as a Notre Dame student, you’ll have the opportunity to experience all that Notre Dame has to offer, from football games to world-renowned speakers and Mass at the Basilica.
What You’ll Learn: MSBA Course of Study
The program comprises 30 credit hours over a calendar year that provide a master’s-level understanding of business analytics. It positions you to use data to inform complex business decisions.
The curriculum is delivered through a series of six modules, including a 2-credit-hour intensive module at Notre Dame and an analytics capstone project to complete the MSBA. In this program, you will learn to apply analytics techniques for Big Data including:
- Data mining
- Data storage and manipulation
- Data visualization
You will be challenged by world-class faculty and inspired by accomplished alumni. You will collaborate with students from a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds.
Alumnus "I love that it’s a cohort and we’re developing together. I’ve been really impressed with my classmates here."
Alumna "When you look back and can see what you’ve learned in class applied to the real world and all of the relationships you’ve built in class, it’s really rewarding."
Academic Director "Our graduates help businesses apply analytic principles and techniques in an ethical manner to unlock the value hidden in their data, leading to improved decision-making."
If you have a strong affinity for statistical and other quantitative techniques, this program provides extensive analytics coursework to prepare you for a wide range of careers in the increasingly data-driven marketplace.
- Early Decision: April 6, 2023
- Round 1: June 29, 2023
- Round 2: September 12, 2023
- Round 3: November 1, 2023
Tuition & Aid
The Notre Dame MSBA offers a competitive price, college-sponsored fellowships and financial aid, meaning any student can put together a plan to participate in the program today.
Tuition and program fees for the MSBA program starting in January 2024 are $61,535.
Tuition and program fees include:
- Course instruction
- Educational materials (course materials, textbooks, software, etc.)
- Lodging and most meals during immersion weeks
- Breakfast and lunch on class days
Financing Your Education
Most MSBA students finance their education through a combination of Notre Dame sponsored fellowships, external scholarships, personal income or savings, and graduate student loans; including both private and federal loan programs.
While some students qualify for corporate financial sponsorship through their employer, it is not required to apply to the program.