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    Master in Business Analytics Overview

    Smeal College of Business’s Master’s in Business Analytics (M-BAN) is a one-year program totalling 30 credits. 

    The M-BAN program teaches students to apply all three levels of the analytics maturity model: descriptive (what happened), predictive (what could happen), and prescriptive (what should happen), giving participants the ability to solve real-world problems.     

    Smeal’s M-BAN has a focused curriculum with a number of different courses, including: 

    • Descriptive Analytics
    • Data Visualization for Decision-Making
    • Programming for Business Analytics 
    • Business Data Management 
    • Predictive Analytics
    • Data Mining
    • Ethical Leadership
    • Communication Skills for Leadership
    • Prescriptive Analytics
    • Implementing Analytics for Business

    Students also have the opportunity to undertake a Dual Degree. This means, participants can combine their M-BAN degree with a secondary master’s in areas such as accounting, finance, management, or real estate.

    By waiving overlapping classes, students can potentially earn two degrees and two graduate certificates in only two years. Choose from the following list of graduate certificates:

    • Accounting Foundations (12 credits)
    • Business Analytics (9 credits)
    • Business Architecture (9 credits)
    • Business Management Foundations (12 credits)
    • Business Sustainability Strategy (9 credits)
    • Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (12 credits)
    • Management Consulting (9 credits)
    • Marketing Analytics (12 credits)
    • Negotiation and Influence (9 credits)
    • Strategic Leadership (12 credits)
    • Supply Chain Management (12 credits)

    If you’re interested in the M-BAN program, participant hopefuls are invited to attend a Specialty Masters Preview Night on campus.

    Admission Criteria

    The Penn State Smeal M-BAN Program features a multi-step application process, during which you will be asked to submit the following:

    • Penn State Graduate School Application
    • Admissions Essay: What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How does your past experience enable you to achieve these goals? How do you see your M-BAN experience fitting into this plan? (600-word limit)
    • Resume
    • Educational Transcripts
    • Video Application Response
    • Letters of Recommendation (2)
    • Official English Language Proficiency Exam Scores (International Candidates)
    • Application Fee: $65

    There are multiple application deadlines throughout the year for Smeal’s M-BAN. Application reviews and decisions are made on a rolling basis. All aspects of the application process must be completed, submitted, and received by the applicable deadline to be considered for admission.

    Tuition for M-BAN students varies depending where you live. Pennsylvania residents in 2019-20 paid US$33,354 per academic year, and the rate for non-Pennsylvania residents was US$49,146. Tuition rates for the upcoming academic year are set by mid-summer by the University. 

    You can start your application process here.

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