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Turn big data into career opportunities

Master the most in-demand field in business

Big data is everywhere, and so are companies that need to turn their data into real business value. That’s where you come in. Your master’s in business analytics from Clark will give you knowledge and skills that set you apart.

MSBA Students may choose a concentration aligned with key growth areas within three key industries:

  • Financial Analytics
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Accounting Analytics

Bridge disciplines and departments

Learn how to inform all aspects of business operations with data and analytics. Combine a deep understanding of technology with the business and communications skills necessary to share actionable intelligence with executives and colleagues throughout an organization.

Leverage data for social good

Discover how big data and business analytics can be harnessed to address pressing societal challenges, from preserving resources and creating economic and employment opportunity, to ensuring equity in social programs and advancing ethical decision-making.

STEM-Designated Program

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees are in tremendous demand across most major industries in the United States. Graduates with a STEM-designated degree may be eligible to work in this country for up to 36 months on Optional Practical Training (OPT).

A highly regarded lifetime credential

  • Earn your graduate degree in business analytics from a globally ranked and accredited business school – The Clark School of Management is among the elite 5% of business schools worldwide to receive AACSB accreditation, and has been named a Princeton Review “Best Business School” and U.S. News & World Report “Best Part-time MBA”
  • Develop the multidisciplinary skill set you need to help organizations leverage big data most effectively.
  • Join a close-knit learning community representing 90+ countries and 150 nonprofit and business partners around the world.
  • Work in a highly collaborative learning environment with talented peers and scholar-practitioners who share their deep leadership experience with you.
  • Pursue your business analytics degree on your own terms, with options for part-time, full-time, and accelerated study.
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Data analytics changes the way you think. It changes the way you see everything. You do not just make decisions. Everything is based on something.

The Essentials

Program Overview

Your coursework is organized into four primary areas of focus: analytics methodologies, data handling and processing, applications, and computation. You will establish foundational skills in each area, building on this groundwork each semester. You’ll use critical thinking skills to gather, evaluate, and interpret information, and enhance your leadership and management skills as you learn how to collaborate with diverse stakeholders within organizations.

  • An understanding of database and data warehouse design principles
  • Foundational skills in industry-standard data analytics technologies and software
  • The ability to interpret and synthesize data to make practical recommendations
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Big Data Statistics
  • Programming with Python
  • Big Data Computing
  • Business Intelligence

As you progress through the program, you will be working with a variety of databases, programs and software. The computers in the on-campus computer labs that SOM students use are equipped to handle the high level of needs that the students in our MSBA program will have. However, to allow for more flexibility for you to do your work and assignments outside of the computer labs, we strongly recommend that you purchase the following computer to run Windows:

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11
  • Processor: better than intel core-i7
  • Memory (RAM): 32 GB
  • Hard-drive: 512 GB Solid State Hard-drive (SSD) or larger
  • Warranty: 1-3 year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Graphic card: GeForce

It can be purchased from Whalley Computer at: for $1,989.

Here is a web page from HP which has more information about the laptop:

Students must satisfy the Master of Science in Business Analytics prerequisite courses prior to beginning their first semester at Clark University. Students must satisfy 1 Math or Statistics course and 1 Python or SQL Server Programming course. Please read below for prerequisite guidelines:

Math and Statistics (Probability and its Applications)

The prerequisite is automatically satisfied if the student took one (1) Statistics or Math course through an accredited college or university. The course must have been for credit and the student must have earned a letter grade. Students missing a prerequisite statistics class can complete STAT 4009 through Clark University prior to starting their program.

Courses taken through an open online courses platform (MOOC) will not satisfy the statistics prerequisites.

Python or SQL Server Programming

The common topics that the programming courses must cover are the syntax, algorithm, and programming skills of a popular programming language, such as Python, Java, C++, C, SQL, Visual Basic, Perl, PHP, or MATLAB.

The prerequisite is automatically satisfied if the student took one (1) course at an accredited college or university. Students can also satisfy this programming prerequisite if they successfully complete the following Online Certificate programs from either LinkedIn Learning or Udemy:

LinkedIn Learning

Click here for the “Python Essential Training” course
Click here for directions on how to download/print your certification


Click here for the “Programming with Python: HandsOn Introduction for Beginners” course
Click here for directions on how to download/print your certification

Minimum Grade Requirements

Students must receive a B or higher from the courses taken at an accredited college or university in order to satisfy the pre-requisites. Students who take the Online Certificate for programming through LinkedIn Learning or Udemy must demonstrate the course completion and certificate received from the platform and submit it to their admissions representative.

EAS and Pathway

EAS and Pathway students who did not already satisfy the pre-requisites may complete them while taking their English language courses at Clark University. However, Statistics and Programming will not be part of the EAS curriculum. Students will need to complete the Statistics requirement online at Clark University STAT 4009 or online through another accredited university, and they must also complete the programming prerequisite through LinkedIn Learning or Udemy.


11 course units

  • 10 core courses
  • 1 Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) course in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, and an internship

Coursework includes online, hybrid, and in-person classes.

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