Mendoza School of Business

Sports Analytics (MSBA-SA)

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Focus your Business Analytics education through a Sports lens.

The Sports Analytics concentration of the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) allows you to gain the essential skills and knowledge to become a fundamental conduit between the data teams and decision-makers in management. The MSBA-SA concentration of the MBSA STEM-designated degree program is designed for new graduates and professionals with less than two years of work experience.

12 months

Format & Location
Full time on the Notre Dame campus

Start Date

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What You’ll Learn

Completing the MSBA degree with a Sports Analytics concentration involves a comprehensive one-year program, beginning with a summer session. Key aspects of the program include:

  • Total Credit Hours: 32
  • STEM-Certified: Yes
  • The Bridge to Success career course (1 credit hour) offers essential resources and strategies for lifelong career management.

Analytics Core with a Sports Focus

In addition to the business analytics core, experience courses on acquiring sports data, analytic techniques for athletic performance, as well as on both front-office and athlete-focused marketing concerns.

Immersive Career Experience in Chicago

Through experiential learning, you'll delve into the Grow Irish Immersion, where analytical prowess meets real-world challenges in a multi-day data hackathon with genuine clients. Students will apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world problems and gain valuable exposure to various sports analytics career trajectories.

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Flexible Course Schedule

MSBA-SA students who are also student athletes can expect to build their Sports Analytics toolkit without sacrificing their passion for the game. Classes will meet from Monday through Thursday. The earliest start time of classes is 9:30 a.m., and the latest end time is 1:50 p.m.

  • Introduction to Statistical Analysis (2 CH)
  • Data Management (2 CH)
  • Conveying Visual Data Insights I  (2 CH)
  • Conveying Visual Data Insights II (2 CH)
  • Predictive Analytics (2 CH)
  • Data Analysis with Python (2 CH)
  • Unstructured Data Analytics (2 CH)
  • Data Acquisition (2 CH)
  • Machine Learning (2 CH)
  • Sports Analytics (2 CH)
  • Grow Irish Week
    • In December 2024, students will participate in a unique multi-day immersion. Students will apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to practice and gain valuable exposure to various sports analytics career trajectories.
  • Analytics Capstone Project (3 CH)
  • Human Performance Analytics (2 CH)
  • Cloud Analytics (2 CH)
  • Customer Engagement Analytics (2 CH)
  • Elective (2 CH)
  • Bridge to Success (1 CH)

Career Development

Our commitment to you is to help you acquire the skills and confidence necessary to launch a career in an in-demand field. We provide a full range of opportunities that allow you to customize your individual career development for success.

The Career Services team is composed of an exceptional group of career coaches that are dedicated to helping you obtain a career that aligns with your values and strengths. You will have the opportunity to meet with a coach as often as you would like as you tailor your individual career strategy.

As part of your overall MSBA experience, you will complete a one-credit career development course called Bridge to Success. This interactive class will help you explore all of the career opportunities and teach you how to uncover your signature strengths and key experiences, build your personal brand and negotiate a final offer.

Notre Dame’s global alumni network features more than 270 alumni clubs and is consistently rated one of the most responsive in the world.

Student Life

Notre Dame’s Master of Science in Business Analytics is a one-year program designed for recent graduates who want to jump start their career in Big Data. In between, you’ll be a true part of the Notre Dame family. From football games and concerts to world-class speakers and community service, your life will extend far beyond the classroom. As a Notre Dame MSBA-SA student, you can:

  • Participate in a variety of business clubs and honor societies, such as the Business Analytics Club of Notre Dame.
  • Provide community-based learning, research, or service through the Center for Social Concerns.
  • Attend a Mendoza College of Business tailgates and mix with alumni, professors, and recruiters in a casual setting, then watch the game from the graduate student section at Notre Dame Stadium.


RoundApplication DeadlineDecision ReleaseConfirmation Deadline
(typically 30 days)
Early ActionSept. 5, 2024Oct. 18, 2024Nov. 18, 2024
Round 1Oct. 15, 2024Dec. 13, 2024Jan. 13, 2025
Round 2Jan. 7, 2025Mar. 14, 2025Apr. 15, 2025
Round 3Mar. 17, 2025May 2, 2025Jun. 2, 2025

Early Action Deadline
Applying in the Early Action round automatically qualifies you for an interview, demonstrating your commitment to Notre Dame’s MBA program. For subsequent rounds, interviews are by invitation only. The Early Action round, though non-binding, is tailored for applicants who are sincerely dedicated and eager about joining our community. Interviews for this round will be conducted from August to September on a first-come, first-served basis.

MSBA Sports Analytics Prerequisites

Most MSBA students have strong business or quantitative backgrounds. They all have completed the following prerequisite coursework:

  • Statistics
  • Two business courses in accounting, finance, management, or marketing

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Tuition & Aid

Tuition for the 2024-2025 MSBA Sports Analytics Program is $66,035.

All qualified candidates, regardless of citizenship, have the opportunity to receive merit-based scholarships. To be considered, please ensure you complete the scholarship section of the application before submission.