University of Southern California

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Business Analytics degree requires 30 units, taken in 3 semesters: Fall, Spring, Fall, including 21 units of required coursework plus 9 units of coursework chosen from a list of electives. The program may be completed on a full-time (3 or 4 courses per semester) or part-time basis. All students must take GSBA 524, DSO 510, and INF551 in the first semester. Part-time domestic students will be required to take GSBA-524 and DSO-510 in the first semester; however, in subsequent semesters they may take as few as 1 course per semester.

Students who have taken one or more of the required courses elsewhere may petition to replace these courses with electives and/or appropriately related courses offered by the Marshall School of Business or the Viterbi School of Engineering. Such a replacement must be approved by the program director prior to registration for the course.

REQUIRED COURSES
Course Number Title Units
Core Courses (must be completed first)
DSO 510 Business Analytics 3
GSBA 524 Managerial Statistics 3
Additional Required Courses  
DSO 530 Applied Modern Statistical Learning Methods 3
DSO 545 Statistical Computing and Data Visualization 3
DSO 570 The Analytics Edge: Data, Models, and Effective Decisions 3
DSO 573 Data Analytics Driven Dynamic Strategy and Execution 3
INF 551 Foundations of Data Management 3
 
ELECTIVES
Complete at least 9 units from the following:
CSCI 585 Database Systems 4
DSO 516 Probability and Data Modeling 1.5
DSO 522 Applied Time Series Analysis for Forecasting 1.5, 3
DSO 528 Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence and Data Mining 1.5, 3
DSO 534
Discrete-Event Simulation for Process Management 1.5
DSO 536 Monte Carlo Simulation and Decision Models 1.5
DSO 547 Designing Spreadsheet-Based Business Models 3
DSO 562 Fraud Analytics
DSO 566 Marketing Analytics 3
INF 520 Foundations of Information Security 3
DSO 599 Digital Analytics 1.5
DSO 599 Information Design 3
Part-time domestic students will be required to take GSBA-524 and DSO-545 in the first semester which are offered during the day. In subsequent semesters they may take as few as 1 course per semester.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE
Course Number Title Units
Sample Student Schedule (Standard)
Fall    
GSBA-524 Applied Managerial Statistics 3
DSO-510 Business Analytics 3
INF-551 Foundations of Data Management 3
Spring    
DSO-530 Applied Modern Statistical Learning Methods 3
DSO-545 Statistical Computing and Data Visualization 3
DSO-570 The Analytics Edge: Data, Models, and Effective Decisions 3
Fall    
DSO-573 Data Analytics Driven Dynamic Strategy & Execution 3
Elective   3
Elective   3

Part-time domestic students will be required to take GSBA-524 and DSO-510 in the first semester. In subsequent semesters they may take as few as 1 course per semester.