The Seattle University Online MS in Business Analytics
The rigorous curriculum and tech-connected alumni network of Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics help you solve for analytics leadership through a unique combination of technical and soft skills.
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Download a brochure about the program, including financial aid, admission information, and these key features of the Albers Online MSBA.
- Python and R prep courses
- 15 data translation challenges
- Alumni mentoring
- Capstone project with industry partner
Stand out with the only AACSB-accredited online MSBA in the Pacific Northwest.
Our forward-looking Online MS in Business Analytics reflects the diversity and technological complexity of the Seattle market. Like any reputable MSBA program, we help you develop technical data skills. What sets our program apart and helps you stand out from other job candidates is how we prepare you to contextualize and influence business decisions.
The Seattle University Albers Online MS in Business Analytics challenges you to craft a reflective approach to the legal and ethical issues surrounding business uses of data and to excel in stakeholder communications and management.
Our progressive program blends holistic student support and rigorous education in the Jesuit tradition with impressive results.
Albers is also one of the elite few programs recognized with accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and our alumni have analytics leadership positions in dynamic organizations across sectors.
Hone your analytics and leadership skills with our data translation challenges.
As a business analytics professional, you can work in impactful, satisfying roles across industry sectors. Most business analytics roles are autonomous and highly responsible, with tasks including planning, decision-making, and problem-solving.
Your curiosity, communication skills, and creativity are the foundations of success in these roles that can dramatically impact your organization’s bottom line.
Develop those skills, and your professional network, as you work with classmates on the data translation challenges woven throughout the Albers Online MSBA curriculum.
You will use a blend of observational, analytic, and communication skills to uncover challenges and opportunities found in messy, real-world data sets and to evaluate and report on the results of business initiatives.
In addition, your group work will help you practice flexibility, team building, and working collaboratively, key skills in every field and vitally important for leadership roles.
As part of our rigorous and ethics-infused AACSB-accredited MSBA, the data translation challenges equip you to thrive in high-demand, data-driven careers.
Your career options are plentiful with an Albers Online MSBA.
Leading business analytics careers include:
- Management Analyst/Consultant
- Business Intelligence Analyst
- Market Research Analyst
- Predictive Analytics Specialist
- Big Data Analytics Specialist
- Data Analyst/Scientist
- Program and Marketing Manager
Your Albers Online MSBA positions you for top earnings.
With an Albers Online MS in Business Analytics, you can prosper in virtually any sector that interests you. Here are average salaries for some highly-paid roles:
Build your career on a solid foundation.
Real-world experiences, a people-first ethic, and a globe-spanning network with many alumni working in leading Puget Sound technology companies frame the sturdy base of our online master’s in analytics and your success.
When you graduate with an Albers MSBA, you will have up-to-date skills and the intellectual grounding to evolve with the field. Our systematic approach to constructing your data skills helps ensure that you are career-ready and future-proof.
Our robust student services and long tenure in the field give you access to a powerful alumni network of data scientists across industries and around the world.
Our university mission includes educating the whole person and creating leaders for a just and humane world. This is the ultimate standard against which we measure our results and which will guide your success.
While data is important, just having the data isn't enough. It's really about being able to bring critical thinking skills and think more clearly about what kind of work we want to do, what kind of impact we want to have, and think about how data can point us in a direction to better fulfill a mission or fulfill organizational goals.
Data challenges drawn from the real world.
Developing an approach to data analysis that focuses on influencing business outcomes is a core business analytics skill. To help you develop that skill, each course in our Online MSBA curriculum includes a data translation challenge.
With each challenge based on real-world messy data sets, you will:
- Consider a data-driven business problem
- Analyze the data using computational tools
- Communicate your findings
Your Albers Online MS in Business Analytics culminates with a capstone project, in which you will apply your data analytics learnings in the planning and execution of a real-life development project for an industry partner.
Career-long networking and support.
Albers School of Business offers a full suite of career and networking services. These include the Albers Placement Center and Albers Mentor Program, which connects upper-level executives from leading Puget Sound companies and organizations with small groups of students for monthly mentorship sessions throughout the academic year.
Redhawk Landing, an online networking and career exploration tool, and Handshake, the widely used job board and networking platform, are also part of our student support system.
In addition, there are opportunities to participate in expert presentations, special events, business competitions, and community service projects throughout the year.
From the foundation to the finish, our curriculum prepares you for success.
Course Highlight: OMSBA 5210-Data Wrangling, Visualization and Communication
This course covers the end-to-end realities of working with data: from acquiring and cleaning it to common-sense steps of handling and analyzing it, to communicating your results to others.
You will learn about common issues in communicating data analysis and about best practices for creating clear and immediately understandable data visualizations that focus on the central message about the data.
The course is designed to focus on skills that transfer across tools. It will also help you develop job-ready proficiency in using two widely used presentation tools: Tableau and the ggplot2 package in R. The program also covers the R Markdown document processing system for data communications.
The Data Visualization class was an eye-opening and amazing program. It taught us how to not only find data points, not only mine the data and find drivers within that data, but also how to present that in an aesthetic way, present that in a graphically pleasing way.
Learn high-impact technical and leadership skills.
Upon successful completion of the Online MSBA program, you will be equipped to:
- Identify and describe complex business problems in terms of analytical models
- Apply appropriate analytical methods to find solutions to business problems that achieve stated objectives
- Utilize key data management, analytics, and presentation tools
- Translate results of business analytic projects into effective courses of action
- Demonstrate ethical decision-making in all business situations
- Communicate technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences in speech, writing, and graphic illustration
- Exhibit effective collaboration and leadership skills
See the MSBA course list
Begin with the basics at student orientation and the R and Python prep course.
The Online Student Orientation is an interactive virtual seminar where you can meet fellow students and get answers to any questions about the program or the learning management system.
The 6-hour Python and R Prep Course is designed for students new to programming as well as for those who are already familiar with coding. Its goal is to ensure that every MSBA student has a strong foundation in these essential programming languages.
Even if you are only familiar with manipulating data in spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel, you will find the coursework to be accessible and straightforward.
During this introductory program, you will:
- Install Python and R on your machine
- Familiarize yourself with basic syntax
- Learn basic programming in Python and R
Ask an Admissions Outreach Advisor about tech specifications
Connecting you to success wherever you are.
Our Online MS in Business Analytics has been carefully designed to support your learning and professional development. Our holistic approach to education is brought to life through dedicated Student Success Coordinators and engaged and approachable instructors. The intuitive online learning management system is backed by 24/7 tech support. From the moment you enroll, you have access to a full range of career services and networking opportunities created by our partnerships with leading businesses in the Seattle area and around the world.
There are options for financing your future.
Because Albers is an accredited business program, you can qualify for federally backed student loans. In addition, you may also be eligible for tuition assistance or benefits through your employer or the military. At Albers, we believe in every student’s ability to become a business leader who can drive positive change. Because we don’t want finances to stand in your way, we will help you sort through scholarships, loans, and other financing opportunities that may be available.
Start building your success now.
Applying for the Albers Online MSBA has never been easier. Through the fall 2023 quarter, we have waived requirements for GMAT/GRE scores, application fees, and official transcripts.
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