Curriculum

Master of Science in Business Analytics

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The Master of Science in Business Analytics degree requires 33 units, taken in 3 semesters (with the flexibility of extending to 4 semesters): Fall, Spring, Fall, including 19.5 units of required coursework plus 13.5 units of coursework chosen from a list of electives. The program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. All students must take GSBA 545, DSO 510, GSBA 542, DSO 545, and DSO 552 in the first semester. Part-time students will work with the program office to create schedules that work for them.

Students who have taken one or more of the required courses elsewhere may petition to substitute one of these courses with electives or related courses. Please view the USC Course Catalogue for more details on our curriculum.

CORE AND REQUIRED COURSES

*Must be completed first

Course Number Title Units
DSO 510* Business Analytics  1.5
GSBA 545* Data Driven Decision Making 1.5
GSBA 542* Communication for Management 1.5
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
DSO 552* SQL Databases for Business Analysts 1.5
DSO 553 NoSQL Databases in Big Data 1.5
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ELECTIVES

Complete 13.5 units from the following

Course Number Title Units
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 3
DSO 566 Marketing Analytics  3
INF 520 Foundations of Information Security 4
MKT 536 Pricing Strategies 3
DSO 574 Getting Ready for Big Data 3
DSO 599* Digital Analytics Strategy 1.5
DSO 599* Healthcare Analytics 1.5
DSO 599* Game Data Analytics 1.5
DSO 599* Text Analytics and Natural Language Processing 1.5
DSO 599* Artificial Intelligence for Business 1.5
DSO 599* Supply Chain Analytics 3

 

*Special topics courses

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SAMPLE SCHEDULE
Course Number Title Units
Fall    
GSBA 545 Data Driven Decision Making 1.5
DSO 510  Business Analytics  1.5
DSO 545 Statistical Computing and Data Visualization  3
GSBA 542 Communication for Management 1.5
DSO 552 SQL Databases for Business Analysts 1.5
Elective (optional)  
Spring    
DSO 530 Applied Modern Statistical Learning Methods 3
DSO 570  The Analytics Edge: Data, Models, and Effective Decisions  3
DSO 553  NoSQL Databases in Big Data 1.5
Elective   3
Fall    
DSO 573* Data Analytics Driven Dynamic Strategy & Execution 3
Elective   3
Elective   3
Elective   1.5

*DSO 573 can be replaced with DSO 574 (Getting Ready for Big Data), which is offered in the Spring

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