Top 10 Masters in Business Analytics

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Master’s in business analytics courses are increasingly popular with recent graduates looking to kick-start their business careers. Applicants tend not to require the several years’ experience MBA programs demand, and as such provide an attractive alternative.


With recruiters seeking hires that have strong analytical skills, as these courses grow in popularity, so does their selectivity. Here are the top 10 programs according to the QS Masters in Business Analytics Rankings 2018:

1. MIT Sloan School of Management, US - Masters of Business Analytics

First in our global ranking is Sloan School of Management at MIT. This prestigious US institution’s year-long course is designed to help students prepare for careers in business analytics, and benefits from world-class faculty and facilities. The program is tailored to current students and recent graduates, along with those looking for a career change. Along with ranking first globally, Sloan also ranks first for employability, alumni outcomes, and thought leadership, as well as ninth for value for money.

2. The McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, US - Master of Science in Business Analytics

In second place is another US-based institution. McComb’s 10-month program helps students understand how to harness and utilize the vast amounts of data which have become common in business. It’s the only program at the institution which fulfills STEM certification. The course ranks second for employability and value for money, fifth for thought leadership, and eighth for alumni outcomes.

3. USC Marshall School of Business, US - Master of Science in Business Analytics

Third place goes to another US school, Marshall at USC. The course is a comprehensive program that provides students with the skills they need to become experts in business analytics and data sciences. Students receive broad and in-depth training in business analytics and data analysis. The institution ranks second for alumni outcomes, sixth for employability, and 11th for value for money.

 4. Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, US - Master of Science in Business Analytics

The Masters in Business Analytics program at Carlson teaches students how to analyze data in a way which enables them to apply the results in a real business setting. What’s more, in the 2015 and 2016 classes, 100% of graduates had found a job within 90 days. The institution ranks third for value for money, fourth for alumni outcomes and 10th for employability.

 5. Melbourne Business School, Australia - Master of Business Analytics

The first institution outside the US on our list is Melbourne Business School. The business analytics course provides students with the resources to become competent data-scientists and teaches them how to apply these skills in business. The institution ranks first for diversity, third for thought leadership, sixth for alumni outcomes, and ninth for employability.

6. Alliance Manchester Business School, UK - MSc Business Analytics

In sixth place is the first UK-based institution on the list. Alliance Manchester Business School’s MSc in Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis. The program teaches students the fundamental theories, approaches and analytical toolkit of decision sciences, applied operational research and statistics. It ranks in fourth place for thought leadership, fifth for both employability and alumni outcomes, and sixth for diversity.

 7. Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK - MSc Business Analytics

Warwick Business School is seventh in our top 10. Part of the University of Warwick, one of the UK’s top institutions, the business school benefits from expert faculty and top-of-the-range facilities. The course focuses on consulting skills and offers students real-world experience. Warwick ranks second for thought leadership, third for employability, and 10th for alumni outcomes.

8. Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University, US - Master of Science in Business Analytics

Another US-based institution takes eighth place this year. Eli Broad, part of the Michigan State University, offers a course which allows students to work on live data analytics projects and real-world problem-solving. Aside from ranking eighth globally, the institution tops the value for money ranking and comes 15th for employability.

9. Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, US - Masters of Science in Business Analytics and Information Management

Krannert School of Management’s course focuses equally on the technologies and techniques students require to succeed in the rapidly changing landscape of business data. The school offers a number of specializations, such as supply chains, to allow students to tailor the course to their interests. The institution ranks fourth for employability, 10th for thought leadership, and 13th for alumni outcomes.


10. IE Business School, Spain - Master in Business Analytics & Big Data

In 10th place is the third European institution on the list. IE offers a 10-month qualification which focuses on big data and business analytics. The exceptional faculty at the institution include executives from companies such as IMB and Amazon. The institution has more than 100 nationalities represented - providing a truly international experience and helping to rank second in terms of diversity. The institution also ranks third for alumni outcomes and sixth for thought leadership.

Amelia Hopkins
Written by Amelia Hopkins

Amelia Hopkins is a writer for TopMBA, covering the latest news in business and business education. A graduate of the University of Leeds and Yorkshire native, she enjoys reading, travelling and talking incessantly about the countryside.

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