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 (3 or 4 courses per semester) or part-time basis. All students must take GSBA 545, DSO 510, GSBA 542, and DSO 545 in the first semester. Part-time domestic students need to plan your schedule with the Program Director.

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.

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REQUIRED COURSES
Course Number Title Units
Core Courses (must be completed first)
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 or DSO 599

Data Analytics Driven Dynamic Strategy and Execution/ Getting the

Organization Ready for Big Data

3
INF 559 Introduction to Data Management 3
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ELECTIVES
Course Number Title Units
Complete at least 13.5 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
INF 510 Principles of Programming for Informatics 3
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
DSO 599 Digital Analytics Strategy 1.5
DSO 549 Application of Lean Six Sigma 3
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SAMPLE SCHEDULE

 

Course Number Title Units
Sample Student Schedule (Standard)
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
Elective   1.5
Spring    
DSO 530 Applied Modern Statistical Learning Methods 3
DSO 570  The Analytics Edge: Data, Models, and Effective Decisions  3
INF 559  Introduction to Data Management 3
Elective   3
Fall    
DSO 573 or DSO 599 Data Analytics Driven Dynamic Strategy & Execution/ Getting the

Organization Ready for Big Data

3
Elective   3
Elective   3
Elective   3
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