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
Applied Data Analysis
Investment Management
Financial Derivatives
Data Science for Finance
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
Experiments for Business Decision Making (Center Special Topic)
Special Topics - Marketing Analytics
Thinking with Models: Business Analytics for Energy and Sustainability
Scaling Operations: Linking Strategy and Execution
Analytics for Services
Analytics for Revenue Management
Mathematical Modeling and its Application in Finance
Service Operations Management
Advanced Topics (Operations Analytics)
Enabling Technologies
Databases for Analytics
A.I., Business, and Society
Advanced Topics
Modern Data Mining
Statistical Computing with R
Data Collection and Acquisition: Strategies and Platforms
Forecasting Methods for Management
Predictive Analytics for Business
Applied Machine Learning in Business
Text Analytics
Data Analytics and Statistical Computing
Introduction to Python for Data Science
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
Database and Information Systems
Programming Languages and Techniques
Introduction to Software Development
Introduction to Computer Systems
Data Structures and Software Design
Computer Systems Programming
Applied Research Methods to Inform Policy and Practice
Survey Methods & Design
Regression and Analysis of Variance
Measurement Theory and Test Construction
Structural Equations Modeling
Statistical and Data Mining Methods for Urban Data Analysis
Geospatial Cloud Computing & Visualization
Geospatial Data Science in Python
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 6110Responsibility in Global Management0.5
or LGST 6120 Responsibility in Business
or LGST 6130 Business, Social Responsibility, and the Environment
MGEC 6110Microeconomics for Managers: Foundations0.5
MGEC 6120Microeconomics for Managers: Advanced Applications0.5
MGMT 6100Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership0.5
MGMT 6110Managing Established Enterprises1
or MGMT 6120 Management of Emerging Enterprises
MKTG 6110Marketing Management0.5
MKTG 6120Dynamic Marketing Strategy0.5
or MKTG 6130 Strategic Marketing Simulation
Select one unit of the following:0.5-1
Quality and Productivity
Business Analytics
Online Business Models and the Information-Based Firm
Operations Strategy
Enabling Technologies
Managerial Decision Making
STAT 6130Regression Analysis for Business 21
or STAT 6210 Accelerated Regression Analysis for Business
Management Communication
WHCP 6110Management Communication0.25
Select one of the following:0.25
Advanced Persuasive Speaking
Communication Challenges for Entrepreneurs:
Persuasive Writing for Business Leaders
Total Course Units9.5

Students cannot enroll in both FNCE 6210 and FNCE 6230.


STAT 6210 is by placement only.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.