Business Analytics, MBA

The Business Analytics MBA major is designed to build deep competency in the skills needed to implement and oversee data-driven business decisions, including

  • collecting, managing and describing datasets,
  • forming inferences and predictions from data and
  • making optimal and robust decisions.

Business analytics makes extensive use of statistical analysis and the applications of business analytics span all functional areas.

Business analytics has emerged in recent years as a powerful and required capability for firms in competitive markets. The quantity, quality and diversity of available data have never been greater, which has created new and significant opportunities for organizations to use data to improve their decisions with respect to both internal resources as well as external interactions with suppliers and customers.

Students choosing the Business Analytics MBA major are ideally suited for the growing set of careers broadly defined under the header of “data science” with responsibilities for man¬aging and analyzing data. In addition, the major provides an excellent complement to students who choose to focus on one of the functional areas of business (e.g., accounting, finance, marketing, operations).


A minimum of 19 course units is required for graduation.

Major electives taken on a pass/fail basis cannot be counted toward the Business Analytics major. Up to one (1) CU from a list of pre-approved non-Wharton courses may be counted towards the major.

Business Analytics Major Requirements
Core Requirements
Regression Analysis for Business
Accelerated Regression Analysis for Business
Quality and Productivity
Operations Strategy
Business Analytics
Select 3-4 course units from the following:3-4
Financial Reporting and Business Analysis
Financial Disclosure Analytics
Investment Management
Healthcare Data and Analytics
Big Data, Big Responsibilites: The Law and Ethics of Business Analytics
People Analytics
Data and Analysis for Marketing Decisions
Pricing Policy
Models for Marketing Strategy
Applied Probability Models in Marketing
Special Topics: Experiments for Business Decision Making
Special Topics - Marketing Analytics
Scaling Operations: Linking Strategy and Execution
Analytics for Services
Analytics for Revenue Management
Mathematical Modeling and its Application in Finance
Service Operations Management
Enabling Technologies
OIDD 672
Advanced Topics
Modern Data Mining
Statistical Computing with R
Forecasting Methods for Management
Predictive Analytics for Business (formerly STAT 622)
Text Analytics
Data Analytics and Statistical Computing
Modern Regression for the Social, Behavioral and Biological Sciences
Select up to 1 course unit of the following:1
Applied Machine Learning
Machine Learning
Big Data Analytics
Programming Languages and Techniques
Introduction to Software Development
Introduction to Computer Systems
Data Structures and Sofware Design
Computer Systems Programming
Survey Methods & Design
Regression and Analysis of Variance
Measurement Theory and Test Construction
Structural Equations Modeling
Spatial Statistics and Data Analysis
Data Analysis for Social Impact
Select 5.5 course units of electives5.5
MBA Core Requirements9.5
Total Course Units19

MBA Core Requirements

Select one of the following:0.5-1
Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
Fundamentals of Financial and Managerial Accounting
Finance 1
Corporate Finance
Select one of the following:0.5-1
Corporate Finance
Corporate Finance (Half CU)
Select one of the following:0.5-1
Macroeconomics and the Global Economic Environment
Macroeconomics and The Global Economic Environment (Half CU)
Legal Studies
LGST 611Responsibility in Global Management0.5
or LGST 612 Responsibility in Business
MGEC 611Microeconomics for Managers: Foundations0.5
MGEC 612Microeconomics for Managers: Advanced Applications0.5
MGMT 610Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership0.5
MGMT 611Managing Established Enterprises1
or MGMT 612 Management of Emerging Enterprises
MKTG 611Marketing Management0.5
MKTG 612Dynamic Marketing Strategy0.5
or MKTG 613 Strategic Marketing Simulation
OIDD 611Quality and Productivity0.5
or OIDD 615 Operations Strategy
Select one of the following: 20.5
Quality and Productivity
Business Analytics
Online Business Models and the Information-Based Firm
Operations Strategy
STAT 613Regression Analysis for Business 31
or STAT 621 Accelerated Regression Analysis for Business
Management Communication
WHCP 611Management Communication0.25
Select one of the following:0.25
Advanced Persuasive Speaking
Communication Challenges for Entrepreneurs: "Pitching your Business"
Persuasive Writing for Business Leaders
Total Course Units9.5

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.