Business Analytics

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 24 k / Year(s) Deadline: Oct 15, 2024
301–350 place StudyQA ranking:1306 Duration:2 years

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Business analytics merges data, technology, and mathematical models to produce the evidence-based information needed for today’s business and government decision-makers. 

Business analytics methods include exploration and modeling of big data, forecasting, data analysis, optimization, simulation, and project management. 

Business is becoming increasingly driven by data. Analytics and big data touch every aspect of business, driving the way businesses understand not only their own processes, but also the way their customers behave. Knowledge of business analytics is applicable to any industry, and the MS in Business Analytics degree from CU Denver provides the skills you need to be successful in this dynamic career.

Learn the latest software and modeling technologies through projects and coursework taught by industry and academic experts, including state-of-the-art special topics courses.

The MS BANA Program is a STEM-designated program, which allows international students to remain in the country and gain work experience through Optional Practical Training (OPT) for an extended period of time. 

Business Analytics teaches you to use mathematical models to enhance decision-making capabilities in the workplace. This gives you an understanding of the more common types of modeling procedures—predictive modeling with big data, data analysis, forecasting, operations management and other advanced quantitative methods—so you learn to make decisions based on data.

Business Analytics Courses

The MS in Business Analytics degree requires successful completion of 30 semester hours (10 courses) and may include courses in subjects such as:

  • Predictive Modeling with Big Data
  • Statistics for Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Decision Analysis
  • Forecasting
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing Research
  • Computing for Business Analytics
  • Simulation Modeling
  • VBA for Business Analytics
  • Business Analytics Practicum
  • Special topics such as Large Scale Optimization Methods for Big Data


The Business Analytics Practicum course is a leading-edge teaching approach to training students in real-world applications of quantitative methods. In the Practicum, students, under the direction of faculty, address a real-world problem proposed by an industry sponsor. ​

General Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, however it does not have to be a business degree.
    • Your complete academic records, including GPAs and previous coursework are considered.
    • Undergraduate degrees must be from regionally accredited four year colleges or universities.
  • GMAT testing. The GMAT exam is a computer-adaptive test that consists of four sections: analytical writing assessment, integrative reasoning, quantitative and verbal. See the application packet for information.
  • Work Experience. Relevant background and a history of increasing responsibility are viewed positively, but are not required for admission.
  • International Students have additional English Language Proficiency requirements.




Minimum TOEFL Score Accepted: 75 IBT / 537 PBT

TOEFL Subscores
Reading 15
Listening 15
Speaking 18
Writing 17


Minimum IELTS Score Accepted: 6.5

The TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived if an applicant has graduated from the ESL Academy. Information regarding other considerations for exemption, including country of citizenship/origin, and special circumstances can be found here. Please note that some graduate level programs will require a higher score on the TOEFL/IELTS and applicants should consult the department for additional details

IELTS Subscores
Reading 5.5
Listening 5.5
Speaking 5.5
Writing 5.5



Minimum PTE Academic Score Accepted: 51

TThe Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) is currently in a pilot review at the University of Colorado Denver. We will accept a 51 PTE Academic score with the following subscores:

PTE Academic Subscores
Reading 44
Listening 44
Speaking 49
Writing 47

The CU Denver Business School offers a variety of scholarships to help you finance your graduate degree. We offer scholarships based on need and academic accomplishment. Our scholarships are funded by alumni, donors, members of the Colorado business community, and the State of Colorado, to help you get the best education possible.

Graduate Scholarship Opportunities


  • 11-Month MBA Performance Scholarship*
  • Business School Student Club Leaders*
  • Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED) Management Scholarship*
  • Carolyn Lee Henderson Scholarship
  • Dean’s Super Merit Scholarship*
  • Excellence in Management Scholarship
  • MBA in Health Administration*
  • MS in Business Analytics Scholarship
  • MS in Finance Fellows Scholarship
  • MS in Information Systems Scholarship
  • MS in International Business Scholarship
  • MS in Tax Scholarship
  • PhD in CSIS Scholarship*
  • Robert Reynolds Study Abroad Scholarship*
  • Schuman MBA Outstanding Scholarship
  • Steve Golter Scholarship
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