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Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about The University of Scranton’s online Master of Science in Business Analytics program. If you don’t see your question answered below, please contact one of our knowledgeable Program Managers toll-free at (866) 373-9547.

Q: Is there a full-time option?

A: Yes, the online Master's of Business Analytics offers both full-time and part-time options.

Q: Is there a residency component?

A: No, there is no residency component in the program.

Q: Is this program accredited?

A: The program is housed in the AACSB-accredited Kania School of Management, the excellence of our faculty and curriculum is confirmed by the highest designation possible for a business school.

Q: How fast can I complete the program? (Least amount of time)

A: Students can earn the online Master's in Business Analytics in as little as 1 year, with appropriate planning.

Q: How is the religious affiliation of the school incorporated into this program?

A: As one of the 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person. We offer a nurturing environment that gives graduates the foundation they need to succeed in their personal, public and professional lives.

Q: Is the online degree the same caliber as the on-campus degree?

A: Yes, the online online Master's of Business Analytics, which is taught by the same faculty and follows the same curriculum, is the same high-caliber program as the on-campus degree.

Q: Is the program offered both on campus and online?

A: Currently, the online Master's in Business Analytics is offered both on-campus and online.

Q: Do I need to have a background in program software like Python to be successful in this program?

A: While no prior knowledge of programming languages is required to enroll in the online Master's of Business Analytics, students can expect to learn Database, Python, Tableau, R, and Crystal Ball through the guided curriculum.

Q: What’s the demand for business data analytics and what industries are hiring?

A: A Master's degree in Business Analytics has become an increasingly sought out credential in the business world. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of business and management analysts is expected to grow by 14%. As data continues to grow exponentially, demand for candidates that can compile, analyze, and provide solutions based on data sets will only increase. To learn more about the career opportunities available to you with a Master's in Business Analytics degree, visit our career outlook page.

Q: What distinguishes our M.S. in Business Analytics curriculum?

A: The University of Scranton's online Master's in Business Analytics features a curriculum that prepares students for the real world. The skills that students gain through the program are firmly aligned with industry standards. Moreover, the overall curriculum empowers students to tap into the critical descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytical tools that students need to enter the job market.

Q: Do you provide credits for work experience?

A: Currently, we do not accept or provide credits for work experience in the field.

Q: Do you provide visa sponsorship?

A: The University of Scranton does not offer visa sponsorships for students at this time. However, the online Master's in Business Analytics is STEM designated, which means that international students will have additional opportunities to stay and work in the United States for up to three years after graduation through the STEM OPT Program.

Q: Is there a GMAT/GRE entrance exam?

A: The online Master of Science in Business Analytics does not require the GMAT or GRE to gain admission.

Q: Is work experience required?

A: The University of Scranton does not require previous work experience for the online Master's in Business Analytics program.

Q: What are the admission requirements?

A: The University of Scranton Master of Science in Business Analytics program requires a baccalaureate degree and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

To learn about other admissions requirements for this program, visit our admissions page.

Q: What type of transfer credits do you accept?

A: We accept up to six total transfer credits. The credits must come from an AACSB-accredited institution and satisfy the requirements of the listed courses that comprise the online Master of Science in Business Analytics curriculum.

Q: Is there a specific background that a potential student should have in order to be successful in the program?

A: Students without business knowledge in statistics, management science, and information systems may need to take extra foundational courses (i.e., the foundation modules MBA 501A, MBA 501B and MBA 501C). Outside of those requirements, the online Master's in Business Analytics is open to all majors. Whether you have a primary interest in business or in data analysis, you will be able to meaningfully engage with the material in the program.

Q: Do I need all aspects of my application completed before applying?

A: Not necessarily. Students begin the process with the online application form. Experienced program managers are available to help students through the next steps in completing their application file for review.

Q: Do you have an application fee?

A: There is NO fee to apply to the online graduate programs at Scranton.

Q: How do I get started with the Master's in Business Analytics program?

To get started on your Master's in Business Analytics degree program at the University of Scranton, apply now.

Q: Can you take breaks throughout the program?

A: Yes, the online Master's of Business Analytics accommodates both full-time and part-time schedules, meaning you can progress through the degree at your own pace.

Q: How much will it cost to complete my Master's in Business Analytics degree?

A: The University of Scranton’s Master's in Business Analytics program costs $965 per credit hour, totaling $28,950.

For more information about tuition, additional costs, and financial aid options, please visit our tuition page.

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