College of Business and Public Administration

Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)

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Program Overview


The only fully online business analytics master’s program in the state, Drake’s Master of Science in Business Analytics will prepare students to:


  • Utilize key business data to solve operational, tactical, and strategic organizational problems
  • Lead data analytics projects and teams
  • Effectively communicate between data analysts and users
  • Design and implement a data repository to support strategic decision making
  • Identify and apply effective data analytics methods to solve problems
  • Become proficient in Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Excel and Analytic Solver Platform, Microsoft PowerBI, Python, R, SQL, and Tableau

Program Requirements

Course Credits
Required Courses 15
IS 210 - Business Analytics, Teams, and Projects 3
IS 220 - Information Technology Legal and Ethical Issues 3
IS 231 - Data Management and Visual Analytics 3
STAT 240 - Statistical Modeling 3
STAT 260 - Applied Analytics Project 3
Electives - Select 15 credits from the following 15
BUS 298 - Communication for Entrepreneurs & Business Professionals 3
IS 298 - Python Programming for Analytics 3
MBA 245 - Leading with Data 3
MBA 254 - Leadership & Human Capital Development 3
QUAN 270 - Quantitative Analytical Methods 3
Other courses in consultation with advisor


To apply for admission to Drake’s fully online business analytics leadership program:

  • Complete the online application.
  • Submit your official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities. Official transcripts are prepared and sent by the institution in question and received by Drake University in a sealed envelope. Transcripts mailed directly to the student must remain in the sealed envelope to be considered.

Mail transcripts to: 

Drake University
C/O Wiley Education Services
851 Trafalgar Court
Suite 420 West
Maitland, FL 32751

Or email:

  • Submit an electronic copy of your résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit a typed, one-page essay detailing how a graduate education at Drake University will help you reach your academic and professional goals.
  • Submit contact information for two professional recommendations.
  • Submit an official entrance exam score from one of the following exams:
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Entrance Exam Waiver

The entrance exam is automatically waived if you meet one of the three conditions below.

  • You are a Drake University CBPA undergraduate alumnus from within the last five years and have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • You are a Drake University CBPA current undergraduate student with cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and have completed 90 semester credits.
  • You hold a master’s or terminal degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from a U.S. regionally accredited institution.

The entrance exam waiver will also be automatically waived if you meet all of the conditions below.

  • You have five years of progressive post-graduate work experience.
  • You have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher from a U.S. regionally accredited institution.
  • You have least 9 semester credits of undergraduate quantitative coursework.
    • Quantitative coursework may include courses in math, statistics, economics or other quantitative oriented courses.

International Students
If a student earned her/his undergraduate degree outside of the United States, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required. Scores dated within the last two years are acceptable and must be reported directly from the testing agency. Minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 213 on the computer-based exam, 550 on the paper-based exam, or 79-80 on the Internet-based exam. Minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5. Minimum scores on each section of reading, writing, speaking, and listening may be required.

Transfer Credits
Students may transfer up to nine credit hours from another AACSB accredited graduate program. All transfer credits must be earned with a grade of B- or higher, must directly relate to the program of study, and must fall within the five-year time frame for program completion. Transfer credits will be applied to the degree program upon successful completion of at least one term of enrollment in the program.


Admission with Conditions allows individuals to be reviewed for admission and begin graduate studies with a conditional requirement that must be completed successfully to progress in the program.

Students granted Admission with Conditions may enroll part-time and take up to nine credit hours of coursework to prove strong academic performance. Strong academic performance includes receiving a grade of B or higher in all courses. Students will be reviewed at the end of each full semester to confirm that the conditions of their admission have been met. The review will take place if a minimum of six credit hours, has been completed. 

Admission with Conditions is not available to international applicants.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.