The Online Master of Science in Business Analytics* (MSBA) degree is designed to prepare analysts with strong technical and quantitative skills who can inform evidenced-based decision making in business organizations. The 31-unit program draws from the Decision Sciences and Information Systems & Technology Management disciplines, in addition to a defined set of “analytics-intensive” elective courses to allow students to specialize in a particular functional area.
The curriculum addresses three overarching learning goals:
- Students incorporate ethical considerations in decision-making.
- Student communicate effectively through data visualization, writing, and oral presentations.
- Students use appropriate methodology, techniques, and software tools to analyze data and make evidence-based decisions.
*Effective January 1, 2020, the program name was changed from MS in Applied Analytics to MS in Business Analytics. The curriculum and all degree requirements remain the same.
In the first trimester of the program, Online MSBA students participate in a residential Personal and Leadership Development Workshop (BSCI 650 ), scheduled over a weekend at a hotel in the greater Los Angeles area. Designed to promote a cohesive learning environment and establish a strong foundation for interpersonal communication, personal ethics and values, and team development, the workshop includes overnight stay at the hotel. Students are responsible for covering the lodging and some meal expenses associated with the workshop. This course is graded on a credit or no credit basis.
Students are responsible for all synchronous or asynchronous instruction. Live (synchronous) sessions are required instructional elements of every online class, and real-time attendance and engagement is expected of students on a consistent basis. To ensure the fulfillment of all course objectives and deliverables, faculty may require attendance at certain live sessions without exception. In cases where an absence from a session has been approved by the instructor, the student will be assigned work to demonstrate mastery of the required content. Failure to complete this work will impact a student’s grade.
Access to On-Ground Courses
Online students who wish to enroll in an on-ground course may submit a request for consideration on a space-available basis. Prior to the formal submission of the request, students should consult with their advisor to understand the potential impact of taking the desired on-ground course on their overall program completion plan and timeline. Requests are individually reviewed by the Program Office, and approval is not guaranteed.
Standards and Measurements of Achievement for MSBA Students
Standards of achievement and methods of assessing student performance in each course are delineated in each course syllabus at the outset of the academic term. Through the duration of the MSBA Program, a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required to maintain satisfactory academic standing. Each course in the program curriculum must be passed with a grade of “C-” or better. Any course in which a grade lower than “C-” is earned must be retaken and completed with a passing grade. A course may only be repeated once; both the original and new grades will remain on the student’s transcript and be factored into the cumulative GPA.
Student academic performance is monitored by the Academic Program Office at the end of each term, and any student falling below the 3.0 GPA minimum is subject to academic probation. Students placed on academic probation will be notified in writing and informed of the conditions applicable to the probationary status. Among these conditions is a reduction in academic unit load, limiting enrollment to four (4) units of coursework per trimester for the duration of the probationary period. The probationary status will not be cleared until the student has reached the minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Students who fail to regain good standing within the time frame specified in the initial notification of probation will be subject to dismissal from the Program. Other circumstances that may lead to dismissal include:
- Cumulative GPA falling below 3.0 at any point in the Program
- Earning any grade lower than a “B” while on academic probation
- Earning a grade lower than a “B-“ in more than two courses within the Program
- Earning a grade lower than “D” in any course