Why MSBA@Milgard School of Business?

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Business Analytics Showcase 2019

Drone shot of campus during summer quarter 2019

The Big Data Revolution means big opportunity…

Milgard’s MSBA provides the best value for students. It is not just about business analytics, it is about preparing savvy digital talents for the Fourth Industrial Revolution – jobs of the future with the skills you need.

Milgard’s Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program will prepare you to thrive as an innovative leader in this data-driven digital era. The MSBA is designed for professionals who want to develop and/or sharpen their critical thinking, problem solving, information management, analytical and decision-making skills. The program is also ideal for college graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in the exciting and fast-growing field of business analytics. Students will become the next generation of savvy business analysts and digital talents: T-shaped analytical thinkers & adaptive innovators.

This work-compatible program provides students with knowledge, tools, and skills to make use of big data. Students are challenged to make effective and efficient business decisions that solve existing problems or create new opportunities, improving the performance of organizations.

This program explores innovation as a creative problem-solving capability that is applied to a wide variety of market opportunities and social/institutional challenges. Students will have the opportunity to apply concepts, principles, and methods associated with business analytics to smart digital solutions (e.g. Apple Siri, IBM Watson, Microsoft Cortana, Google Now, and Amazon Echo). The program presents real opportunities and/or problems in an application domain associated with students' area of interest.

What makes the program unique? The best value?

the low cost (tuition base, state-funded)

Being a state-funded program, it is one of the most affordable graduate degrees in business analytics throughout the nation. Milgard MSBA students often finance their education through a combination of personal funds, educational loans, scholarships and employer tuition benefits.

applied & adaptive learning

  • Probably, this is one of the most applied MSBA programs throughout the nation.
  • Students become MSBA consultants to work on real business problems.
  • The program adapts cooperative learning methodology by incorporating teacher-led instructions, discussions, hands-on practices with applied examples, increasing utilization of technology in the courses, encouraging contact with students, upholding high expectations, and respecting diverse talents and different ways of learning.
  • Students use a number of software tools, methods, tools & techniques in every class.
  • Curriculum has been updated continuously to address today's and tomorrow's needs in business analytics.

hands-on technical learning (applied projects with companies & industry mentors)

  • Unique, 12-month long hands-on projects via Milgard's Center for Business Analytics Digital Transformation Lab. From the first day of the program, students will join a team to tackle real-world analytics projects with companies. Students have the opportunity to apply concepts, principles and methods associated with business analytics to solve complex problems in an application domain associated with their area of interest (e.g. analytics specialization in marketing, HR, ERP/supply chain, logistics, operations, manufacturing, sales, advertising, finance, retail, education, healthcare, sports, e-commerce, IT, telecommunications, hospitality/tourism, public services, utilities and more)
  • Students will learn about the most current, relevant and impactful topics, and practice their knowledge with the most premium technology, such as MSFT Azure Cloud Analytics, Virtual Data Science Machines, Power BI, Tableau, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and many others
  • Students meet with industry advisors and mentors


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Milgard Women's Initiative Mentorship Program

"The Milgard Women’s Initiative advocates for all women. In collaboration with people around the world, we engage women as creative and innovative leaders throughout their organizations and communities."

2019/2020 Program Goals To provide an opportunity for MSBA (Masters of Science in Business Analytics) students to partner with a mid-career/senior female professional in the South Sound community to share experience and wisdom and to enhance the future of the mentees and mentors through one-on-one meetings and group networking sessions.

Mutual Expectations 

Mentors and mentees are expected to make a one-year commitment to the program. Nearly all activities will occur in the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. The structured time commitment includes one evening group session in each the Fall and Spring, and two Saturday group sessions, one in the Fall and another in Winter. The first evening session in Fall quarter will be an orientation for mentors and mentees, to the program and curriculum. The evening session in Spring quarter will be a program wrap-up and thank you to all participants. The two Saturday group sessions will involve more structured discussions of curriculum readings and will last approximately 1.5 hours over the lunch hour. Both mentors and mentees are expected to be familiar with the assigned readings. Mentors and mentees will also be expected to meet at least once per month during the academic year in whatever manner and time is mutually agreeable. Throughout the year, mentors and mentees will be asked to complete short surveys about their experiences, to help the program continuously improve. Note: all discussions in group or individual sessions are confidential.

job market, career readiness & return on investment (ROI)

dedicated career center for Milgard students

Milgard School of Business Success CenterThe Milgard School of Business is proud to host our dedicated career management Success Center. The Center is located in Dougan 290. Career management services are offered to all Milgard students and alumni.

adaptive & innovative program design


Keep your day job! It's not just about business analytics, it's about preparing savvy digital talents for the Fourth Industrial Revolution – jobs of the future with the skills you need. Students will become the next generation of savvy business analysts and digital talents: T-shaped analytical thinkers & adaptive innovators. This interdisciplinary program creates a powerful learning experience and emphasizes integrative learning, critical thinking and creative problem solving.

diverse student body

The Milgard MSBA program is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our students vary in ethnicity, age, family background and educational disciplines. Our current cohorts include students from Canada, China, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Oman, South Korea, the United States, and Vietnam. Alumni include students from Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Pakistan, and Taiwan as well. The MSBA program is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) designated, and we have an even 50/50 split of men and women in our current cohorts.

MSBA ADMISSION PROCESS: Our objective is to select students who demonstrate a strong aptitude for business, leadership capacity, and commitment to completing the program requirements. We strongly believe that a diverse student body helps create such an environment.

opportunity for up to 3 years OPT for international students

International students graduating from this program have the opportunity to work in the USA for up to three years using Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT is temporary employment that's directly related to an F-1 student’s major. An added advantage for international students is that the MSBA falls under a STEM Designated Degree Program. Under this STEM classification, Milgard MSBA students on an F-1 visas can qualify for a 24-month Optional Practical Training Extension on top of the standard 12-month post-completion OPT. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain professional training and work experience on their F-1 visa.


Due to the competitive nature of this program, the limited seats in the program fill up quickly. We therefore recommend applying as early as possible in the application cycle.