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Carl H. Lindner College of Business

MS-Business Analytics Program


The Lindner MS in Business Analytics degree is

The Master of Science - Business Analytics degree combines operations research and statistics, using applied mathematics and computer applications in a business environment. The University of Cincinnati has offered this degree (formerly known as MS - Quantitative Analysis MSQA) since the late 1970s.  The MS - Business Analytics prepares students to succeed in the rapidly growing “big data” career field with high starting salaries and 92% employed within 3 months of graduation.  See our current student profiles and alumni profiles.

Our graduates have gone onto careers as Data Scientists, Business Analysts, Business Intelligence Engineers, Analytics Science Consultants, Market and Consumer Analysts, Operations Research Analysts, Financial, Risk or Recovery Analysts in a wide variety of industries. Graduates (see what business analytics graduates say) have accepted positions at Procter & Gamble, Disney, Yahoo, Morgan Stanley, Amazon, Paypal, McKinsey & Co. and other leading companies (see who hires our business analytics students).

See this blog post from a current student "Why I left my engineering job to study analytics"



Jan 31: International Students
May 31: Domestic Students
June 30: Part-Time and Domestic Students (if space available)

UC Undergrad Students:  If you qualify for the program and have a 3.5 cumulative GPA you do not have to take the GMAT or GRE.

For more information, please email Julie Glassmeyer in the Graduate Office or call 513-556-7031.


  • The MS Business Analytics program begins in August and full-time students can complete the program in as little as nine months (two semesters), though 12 months is more common.  Part-time students are welcome and accommodated by late-afternoon, evening, and Saturday class times.
  • On Campus Employer Seminars and Recruiting: Almost every week, throughout the school year, major employers seeking analytics and technical talent, will present a seminar, recruit, or interview MS Business Analytics students. A few of the presenting companies include Tata Consultancy Services, Great American Insurance, GE Digital, Teradata, PWC, DMI, 84.51, and Fifth Third Bank.
  • Students with the right background can also earn a Data Science Graduate Certificate.
  • Students benefit from the corporate/academic partnership with The Center for Business Analytics which provides real world data analytics experience and career opportunities for students, and promotes industry leadership and research to advance the field of business analytics.
  • The program features an outstanding nationally ranked and world class faculty who conduct advanced analytics research.  Textbooks authored by UC business analytics faculty are used at more than 400 different institutions including U of Arizona, NC State, Johns Hopkins, Purdue U, Indiana U,  New York University, Ohio State, U of Michigan, Notre Dame, U of Texas, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, UCLA, USC, and Wash U in St Louis.
  • Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships and assistantships, and is awarded on a competitive basis.
  • The MS - Business Analytics program is recognized as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programSTEM Education Coalition


Program prerequisites include a significant mathematics background, fundamental knowledge of computer programming, and basic knowledge of business. 

Program core courses are in optimization, simulation modeling, probability modeling, data management and statistical methods.  Elective courses include data mining, data visualization, operations management and case studies

Capstone experience requires students to demonstrate their skills through a research project, an extended case analysis, or an internship.